Last update: May 02, 2023, 12:27 PM HST
Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq had a heated interaction after the Indian Premier League (IPL) game number 43 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Monday.
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A brief interaction with Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq, who seemed more animated throughout the RCB innings, with LSG fly-half Kyle Mayers appeared to have sparked an altercation.
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As the players shook hands after the game, LSG’s Naveen and Kohli were seen exchanging words and RCB’s Glenn Mexwell pulled them apart. This was followed by Gambhir pulling Mayers out of a conversation with Kohli.
Right after that, Gambhir was seen charging towards Kohli even as LSG players including injured captain KL Rahul held him back. But ultimately, Kohli and Gambhir were embroiled in a heated argument with players from both sides surrounding them. Gambhir looked the more animated of the two and was repeatedly prevented from charging towards Kohli by LSG players and support staff. This was after the two shook hands.
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Initially, Kohli was seen holding Gambhir’s shoulder, but as the heated exchange continued, veteran spinner Amit Mishra, RCB captain Faf du Plessis and LSG assistant coach Vijay Dahiya – also from Delhi – intervened to separate the duo.
After the altercation, Kohli was also seen talking to LSG captain Rahul, when Naveen was seen near the pair.
The Afghan LSG bowler didn’t want to talk to Kohli and walked away, which Kohli didn’t like.
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Kohli and Gambhir admitted breaching IPL’s Code of Conduct rules and were fined 100% of match fees, with LSG’s Naveen-ul-Haq also fined 50% of their match fees. match.
Both Kohli and Naveen took to social media to vent their emotions over the altercation.
Kohli was heard say in a video posted by RCB on social media: “If you can give it, you have to take it. Otherwise, don’t give it.”
“You get what you deserved, that’s how it should be and that’s how it goes,” read the post on Naveen’s Instagram Story.
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is perspective, not the truth.” Kohli shared a note on his Instagram story.
(With agency contributions)
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