After Monday’s IPL 2023 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in Lucknow, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir got into a verbal altercation.
The RCB batting star Kohli and former India opener Gambhir, who serves as the LSG team’s mentor, added a new chapter to their bitter rivalry after their verbal exchange devolved into an argument.
Amit Mishra, RCB captain Faf du Plessis, and LSG assistant coach Vijay Dahiya had to separate the two.
Following the altercation, Kohli was seen discussing his version of events with LSG captain K L Rahul. The low-scoring game was won by RCB by 18 runs, with Kohli scoring 31.
The altercation appeared to have started after Kohli’s brief exchange with LSG opener Kyle Mayers, as Gambhir approached the West Indian and led him away.
When LSG defeated RCB in their previous match, Gambhir gestured to quiet the crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. It was assumed that Kohli returned the favour by encouraging the Lucknow crowd to support LSG.
Given how heated things had become with Gambhir following the game, Kohli’s response most likely did not sit well with him. The LSG players and support staff repeatedly stopped Gambhir from charging at Kohli despite the fact that he appeared to be the more animated of the two. This came after the match, when the two had shaken hands.
At home, the LSG’s dismal streak continued as they failed to pursue 127. After a disastrous start, Lucknow lost their top five batters in seven overs. Despite some effort from Krishnappa Gowtham, LSG were dismissed for 108 in 19.5 overs.
Gambhir made the “shut up” sign to the Bengaluru crowd the last time LSG and RCB faced off in Bengaluru.
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