The IPL 2023 match between Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday (May 1) saw tensions flare between Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq of LSG in the latter’s innings.
After the match was finished, LSG mentor Gambhir also took on Kohli and exchanged some heated words with the fellow cricketer from Delhi. ‘Arrogance Won’ – Former India player’s brutal take on Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir’s verbal fight
Bengaluru-based franchise won the match by 18 runs but players from both teams were fined 100 per cent of their match fees for breaching Article 2.21 of the IPL code of conduct, which relates to public acts of misconduct, unruly public behaviour and inappropriate comments that are detrimental to the interest of the game.
It was while analysing the on-field altercation between Kohli and Gambhir, Rajat Sharma – in his TV show – criticised the latter – who is a BJP MP from the East Delhi constituency. Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir deserve suspension after ugly spat: Sunil Gavaskar
In the video, Rajat Sharma – a former president of DDCA (Delhi & District Cricket Association) – claimed on his show that Gambhir is jealous of Kohli. Sharma said on his show that Gambhir is unable to digest the fact that Kohli is a superior cricketer than him. ‘Bit of a complicated relationship..’: Ex-India player takes dig at Gambhir, supports Kohli in their spat
The comments didn’t go down well with the former cricketer who on Wednesday took to his Twitter handle to take a dig at the news anchor for running away from the DDCA job citing pressure.
Gambhir tweeted, “Man who ran away from Delhi Cricket citing “pressure” seems over-eager to sell paid PR as concern for cricket! यही कलयुग़ है जहां ‘भगोड़े’ अपनी ‘अदालत’ चलाते हैं।”
Man who ran away from Delhi Cricket citing “pressure” seems over eager to sell paid PR as concern for cricket! यही कलयुग़ है जहां ‘भगोड़े’ अपनी ‘अदालत’ चलाते हैं।
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 3, 2023
From Ravi Shastri to Harbhajan Singh to Sunil Gavaskar, experts have criticised the unsavoury behaviour between players of repute across various platforms.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan summed up the saga in his own words and claimed Kohli’s aggression is an important component of his game, but sometimes the RCB player goes beyond the thin line.
“Virat’s aggression on the field is good for the game as it involves the fans. But sometimes aggression turns into overaggression. It is a very fine line and it should be taken care of,” Pathan said on Star Sports Cricket Live.