Virat Kohli speaks after the thrilling LSG vs. RCB match in Lucknow. After the game, Virat Kohli and LSG coach Gautam Gambhir appeared to have a verbal spat.
The encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2023 on Monday, May 01, made headlines for all the wrong reasons, when RCB batter Virat Kohli and LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir got into a verbal fight while exchanging pleasantries after the game. Both Kohli and Gambhir fine 100% of their match earnings as a result of the incident.
The pair were judged to have violated item 2.21 of the IPL’s code of conduct. Which prohibits any conduct that brings the game into disrepute, including rowdy public behavior. Notably, Kohli appeared pumped up during the match’s second innings as RCB successfully defended their score of 126/9 and won by 18 runs.
After taking a catch in the field to dismiss Krunal Pandya. The star hitter seen silencing the crowd in jubilation. It is assumed to be a reaction to Gambhir’s silence of the Bengaluru crowd following LSG’s win over RCB in their previous match of the competition. During the 17th over of the chase, he had an altercation with LSG seamer Naveen-ul-Haq, and spinner Amit Mishra and one of the umpires had to intervene to calm him down.
Kohli and Naveen got into another verbal altercation
Irked by Kohli’s on-field behavior, Gambhir took away their first batsman Kyle Mayers as he was speaking with Kohli.
The incident appeared to add gasoline to the flames. As both Kohli and Gambhir seen aggressively approaching each other. Kohli seen calming Gambhir by placing his hand on his shoulder during their conversation. However, things did not cool down, with temperatures rising between the two once more, and LSG captain KL Rahul and Mishra had to intervene to separate them.
Meanwhile, in a video shared by RCB’s social media handles of the players’ post-victory dressing room reactions. Kohli can be heard saying, “That’s a sweet win boys.” A satisfying victory. If you can give it, you must accept it. If not, don’t give it.”
That is the finest Virat: Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, was thrilled to see Kohli hyped up during the game. “Isn’t that the finest version of Virat? To watch him all revved up. That’s when he’s at his most effective. It’s an honor to be a part of it. “My job is to keep things calm on the field, which I thought we did exceptionally well,” Du Plessis explained.
Mike Hesson, RCB’s head of operations, said that the previous game against LSG had fired up the players. “I guess after the last match at the Chinnaswamy. Where we lost on the last ball, we felt really desperate to get this one. ” “I think you probably saw some of that boil over tonight,” Hesson added.