The IPL 2023 match at the Ekana Stadium on Monday witnessed Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli‘s fight taking center stage. Their long-standing feud started back in 2013 during a RCB vs KKR match, and it was reignited once again in a recent match between Kohli’s team and Gambhir’s LSG.
After Lucknow Super Giants’ win, Gambhir broke into a wild celebration and shared an intense handshake with Kohli. He had even shushed the crowd with a finger on his lips, but Kohli gave it back in style during their latest encounter on Monday. After RCB’s 18-run win, Kohli blew a flying kiss at the crowd and recreated Gambhir’s celebration with a twist, telling the crowd not to keep quiet but to keep cheering.
However, things took a turn for the worse after the match when an ugly spat occured between Gambhir and Kohli.
The incident started in the fourth over of Lucknow’s chase when Glenn Maxwell took the pace off the ball, causing Krunal Pandya to charge out and go for a big shot. However, Kohli caught the ball, sending him back to the pavilion.
Kohli’s celebration sparked Gambhir’s anger. Kohli blew a kiss at the crowd, patted his chest, and then mimicked Gambhir’s finger-on-lips gesture. This gesture was what Gambhir had used to silence the Chinnaswamy crowd during a match. The incident escalated when Gambhir and Kohli engaged in an argument, with Gambhir aggressively interrupting Kyle Mayers‘ attempt to talk to Kohli.
From the video clip that has gone viral, it seems that Gambhir was trying to charge at Kohli while LSG players, including skipper KL Rahul, tried to hold him back. After a heated exchange, Rahul managed to calm Kohli down, and the two eventually walked off together.
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