Virat Kohli vs Gambhir battle: Heated spat amid RCB’s win over LSG | cricket news
The scenes of the heated argument reminded one of their encounter 10 years ago, when Gambhir was also an active player, leading the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The incident took place on Monday when the players from Lucknow were shaking hands after the end of the match when a few words were exchanged between the bowler. Naveen-ul-Haq and Kohli. At this point, Gambhir stepped in to control things but it soon turned into a Kohli vs Gambhir case when the latter accused the former RCB skipper.
The Lucknow players then tried to pull Gambhir away, but when the two former India teammates came close to each other, Kohli tried to douse the fire with a few calm words, but failed to pacify Gambhir. Failed, which happened when LSG leg-spinner Amit Mishra stepped forward in an attempt to control things.
The roots of this latest tussle can probably be found in this very game itself, in which Kohli was seen to be very lively during his team’s bowling.
RCB defended 126, but on their way to an 18-run victory, Kohli made a ‘silent’ gesture towards the crowd after taking a catch to send Krunal Pandya back early in the run-chase. Kohli and Naveen later had an argument during the 17th over of the LSG innings, which required the intervention of the on-field umpires and Mishra.
(Visuals of Gambhir’s altercation with Kohli in IPL 2013 – File photo: TOI/BCCI/IPL)
Not to forget that in the last match between the two sides earlier this season, LSG won a last ball thriller in Bengaluru. After the game, Gambhir signaled silence to the crowd, possibly turning Monday’s game into a revenge match.
The incident obviously became a talking point, resulting in a flood of reactions on social media.