Last update: 02 May 2023, 08:29 HST
Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli were embroiled in a war of words after the Indian Premier League (IPL) game number 43 between Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Monday.
As the two Indian cricket stars from Delhi faced off, an old video resurfaced on social media showing Gambhir offering Kohli his ‘man of the match’ award.
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Do you know who Gautam Gambhir is?? He gave his MoM award to Virat Kohli in his first century in international cricket, a person with a heart of gold that he is and some people are trolling him for his aggression. pic.twitter.com/if2E7lrfZ4— RADHE ࿗🇮🇳 (@Iamradhe_p00) May 1, 2023
The video is from an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka in 2009, in which Gambhir scored an unbeaten 150 as Kohli recorded his first ODI century. Gambhir-Kohli partnered 224 runs to help India chase 316 for a 7-wicket win.
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Gambhir had opened up about Kohli’s gesture during a chat with Jatin Sapru.
“I didn’t do anything that I shouldn’t have done. You could score 100 international cents, which I’m sure you will because that’s the kind of player he is, but you’ll always remember your first international cent. I remember my first international hundred which was in Bangladesh and first ODI hundred against Sri Lanka,” Gambhir had said.
“So I wanted it to be special for him and it’s not something that me or anyone else shouldn’t have done. That’s the kind of nature I have and that’s the kind of player he was. And what he did, I’m absolutely not surprised at what he achieved, and he will continue to achieve many other things,” Gambhir added.
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On Monday, Gambhir and Kohli were then seen exchanging heated words and players from both teams had to step in and separate the two.
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In fact, Kohli and Gambhir have a history of fighting on and off the court. Things first clashed a few years ago when Gambhir was in charge of Kolkata Knight Riders and Kohli was captain of RCB and the two players exchanged words on the pitch. They later reconciled and photos of them hugging went viral on social media last year.
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However, three weeks ago, videos surfaced on Gambhir’s social media animatedly celebrating Kohli’s exit in their first clash of the season. After the match, there were reports of the two players exchanging a few words.
(With agency contributions)
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