Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, two of the most successful Indian cricketers of the modern era, have had several arguments on the pitch over the years. The two have been involved in many heated exchanges on the cricket pitch, especially during Indian Premier League (IPL) games.
Their first major altercation happened in 2013 in an IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Kohli, who was in charge of RCB at the time, fell out with Gambhir, who was captain of KKR, after an incident on the pitch. The two had a heated exchange of words and even pushed each other before being pulled apart by their teammates.
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Ten years after the incident, in a recent interview, Gambhir addressed the infamous on-field spat, saying he never took it personally. Gambhir acknowledged that he expects Kohli, like him, to be competitive on the pitch. As a leader, he believes that sometimes personal relationships take a back seat and you have to do what’s best for your team. “MS Dhoni is a competitor in his own way, Virat is a competitor in his own way,” Gambhir said during an interview with Jatin Sapru on his Youtube channel.
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In 2016, during an IPL match between KKR and RCB at the Eden Gardens, the aggressive behavior of KKR skipper Gambhir was on full display during the match. Despite having a total of 183 runs on the board, KKR lost the game by 9 wickets. In the 19th, Gambhir, in a fit of rage, kicked the ball towards the non-attacking end, where Kohli was standing after already finishing the run. The incident led to an altercation between Gambhir and officials. Kohli was player of the match for his 51 unbeaten 75 runs in the game.
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The latest in the ongoing saga in the incident of 2023 now. Kohli and Gambhir argued after a tense clash between the two teams. Both players were fined for breaching IPL’s code of conduct.
After LSG’s win against RCB on Monday night, tension mounted on the pitch. This comes after an earlier incident where Gambhir silenced the crowd at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in LSG’s one-wicket win over RCB. During the post-match handshake, Kohli’s conversation with LSG’s Kyle Mayers seemed to have angered Gambhir further. Meanwhile, LSG bowler Naveen-ul-Haq was seen arguing with Kohli, with Glenn Maxwell holding him back. Amidst the chaos, Gambhir appeared more agitated and had to be stopped several times from charging towards Kohli. It was only after the players, match officials and coaching staff intervened that the situation was resolved.
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Although the reasons for their arguments have varied over the years, it’s clear that there is no love lost between Kohli and Gambhir. Despite their differences, both players remain highly respected in the cricketing world for their incredible skill and contributions to the sport.
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