Mohammad Siraj and Naveen Ul HAq stared after which Virat Kohli intervened.
The actual incident that seemed to trigger Kohli and Gambhir’s emotions – which eventually boiled over – came on the last ball of the 17 between Mohamamd Siraj and Naveen ul Haq.
Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were neck and neck on Monday after Royal Challengers Bangalore won a low scoring affair at Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow and while RCB’s win was marred by the ensuing ugly scenes between Kohli and LSG coach Gautam Gambhir, the two weren’t actually the ones who started it all.
From the visuals, it looks like Afghanistan’s Naveen Ul Haq was at the center of the controversy, but Kohli himself was in the thick of the action for most of the game. While in their previous encounter, LSG coach Gambhir had a part to play at Chinnaswamy Stadium in mocking the crowd after LSG won a thriller, it looked like Kohli was returning the favor to Ekana with some uplifting celebrations. each time LSG lost a wicket in the hunt.
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But the real incident that seemed to trigger the emotions of Kohli and Gambhir – ultimately overwhelmed – came on the last ball of the 17th. After conceding eight runs on the first five deliveries of his third over, Siraj kicked a run – a fuller delivery fired at Naveen’s pads, then Siraj started looking at Naveen and kicked the ball over the stumps at the end of the batter. with Naveen well inside the fold.
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Naveen and Siraj exchanged a few words and that’s when Kohli intervened. LSG’s other striker, veteran Amit Mishra, tried to pacify Kohli, but the former India captain, in his usual animated avatar, also had a few words with Mishra. The referees had to intervene when Naveen charged at Kohli. Kohli was visibly upset after that and shared his thoughts with the referees.
And even as Harshal Patel prepared to throw the game’s 18th, visuals captured Kohli pointing to Naveen, presumably, and talking nonstop. Naveen, a hothead with a history of player altercations, looked visibly miffed.
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After RCB recorded an 18 point win as the players shook hands, Naveen and Kohli came face to face and a few words were exchanged. In another setting, Gambhir was also seen in a heated discussion with the referees.
After the handshakes, LSG fly-half Kyle Mayers approached Kohli and as they were talking Gambhir quickly pushed Mayers aside and then the confrontation ensued. Even as KL Rahul tried to pull Gamhir away from the commotion, Gambhir continued to charge at Kohli and on the other end, Kohli too, paying no attention to his teammates, headed towards Gambhir with most of the players trying to keep the two separate.
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There was also another visual in which Rahul was seen talking to Kohli and then calling Naveen, who was passing by, to come and talk to Kohli, but Naveen could be seen ignoring the invitation and walking away, doing Kohii angry again.
Following the incident, Gambhir and Kohli were fined 100% of their match fees for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct, while Naveen was fined 50% for the fees. of game.
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