As Indian bowlers fight to enclose Australian captain Michael Clarke (251 not out) and Ricky Ponting (134) during the course of their 288-run stand, Kohli was photographed raising his middle finger towards the spectators.
However, Kohli vindicated his act on his twitter page after the second day’s play.
Kohli tweeted “I agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister, the worst I’ve heard.”
Kohli may be charged with Level 1 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct relating to using language or gesture(s) that is gravely obscene, seriously offensive or of a gravely insulting nature to another player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other third person during an international match.
If Kohli is found responsible, he could face a minimum penalty of having half of his match fee docked or a maximum penalty of a one-Test suspension.
However, thus far the on-field umpires to have not raised the matter with the match referee Ranjan Madugalle.