Last update: May 02, 2023, 1:35 p.m. HST
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief executive Ratnakar Shetty has slammed the Indian Premier League (IPL) for ‘exposing’ the ‘misconduct on the pitch’ between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir on social networks.
After the IPL match number 43 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Monday, there was pandemonium with both groups of players and the support staff clashing with verbal squabbles and heated arguments that ensue.
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“It is time for BCCI-IPL to break the whip against on-court misconduct in IPL matches as it can damage the image of the league. It was sad to see the videos on social media highlighting these incidents,” Ratnakar Shetty tweeted.
“BCCI really doesn’t need such publicity,” added the former BCCI general manager.
It is time for BCCI-IPL to break the whip against on-field misconduct in IPL matches as it can damage the image of the league. It was sad to see the videos on social media highlighting these incidents. BCCI really doesn’t need such publicity.— Ratnakar Shetty (@RatnakarShetty6) May 2, 2023
Kohli was fined for his post-match altercation with Gautam Gambhir as both were ordered to pay their full match fees, while LSG’s Naveen-ul-Haq was fined 50% of his for violating the IPL Code of Conduct.
Kohli and Afghan bowler Naveen were seen having harsh words on the pitch during the tense match as the former, who often struggled with his aggressive approach, had to be restrained by the batsman. opposition Amit Mishra during the match.
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After the match ended, Lucknow’s Kyle Mayers had to be taken away from a trade with Kohli before other players tried unsuccessfully to stop a visibly furious Gambhir, Lucknow’s team mentor, from confronting him. .
Kohli took to social media on Tuesday with a cryptic Instagram post quoting a famous Roman emperor and philosopher: “All we hear is opinion, not fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. – Marcus Aurelius.”
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Gambhir and Kohli, who played together when India won the 2011 World Cup, had a falling out before Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis intervened.
Anil Kumble, the former cricketer and coach of India’s men’s cricket team and JioCinema IPL pundit, was also unimpressed with Kohli and Gambhir’s conduct.
“A lot of emotions come in but you don’t want to display those emotions here. It’s important, you need to have a conversation. But that’s something unacceptable,” Kumble said.
“Anyway, you have to respect the opponent and the game. Once a match is over, you have to shake hands and take your hat off, not to the player but to the game because that’s something something that has to be respected I don’t know what was said some things may have been personal and you don’t want that on the cricket pitch but with Gautam and Virat and the players involved it wasn’t the most beautiful thing to see,” he added.
(With agency contributions)
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