Tempers flare as Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir argue before split

Last update: May 02, 2023, 12:19 a.m. HST

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir had to be separated after the dispute.  (Screenshot)

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir had to be separated after the dispute. (Screenshot)

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were embroiled in a heated argument after RCB beat LSG by 18 points at Lucknow

The volcano finally erupted. Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir added another chapter to their fierce rivalry on Monday night as the two Indian superstars tussled after a tense clash between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Ekana Cricket Stadium in IPL 2023.

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Kohli was seen celebrating wildly every time an LSG wicket went down as RCB successfully defended a low tally of 127. This after last month, LSG’s Gautam Gambhir was seen to silence the crowd at M Chinnaswamy Stadium after his team’s thrilling one-stop shop against RCB.

All was well when Gambhir and Kohli shook hands as is customary after a game after RCB beat LSG by 18 points on Monday in revenge for last month’s loss.

However, Kohli’s brief chat with LSG fly-half Kyle Mayers after the game appears to have sparked Gambhir, after which the two got involved in a heated argument.

Interestingly, Naveen-ul-Haq was captured arguing with Kohli during the post-match handshake, with the LSG bowler being restrained by Glenn Maxwell.

Gambhir looked the more animated of the two and was repeatedly prevented from charging towards Kohli. The two eventually grew closer, surrounded by players, referees and support staff from both teams.

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Amit Mishra acted as the peacekeeper as he tried to calm Kohli down.

It is not the first time that the two men have exchanged words on the pitch.

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As of 2013, Gambhir was still playing in IPL and captained Kolkata Knight Riders.

In their match against RCB, as Kohli returned to cover after being sent off in the 10th, Gambhir and the RCB hitter attacked each other aggressively before being separated.

Gambhir later clarified that there was no personal rivalry between the two.

“…there was nothing personal (then) and there will never be personal against Virat. I repeat again and again that what he has accomplished, I am not surprised. He’s the kind of player he was when we saw him early on, but what he turned into, I think from a physical point of view and the way he worked on his skills, is great,” Gambhir said.

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