After the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants, India's Virat Kohli and former opener Gautam Gambhir engaged in an ugly altercation, adding another chapter to their longstanding rivalry.
After the Bengaluru-based team won the game by 18 runs on Monday night, Kohli and Gambhir, the LSG coach, were seen arguing vehemently. Kohli is one of the RCB's mainstays in the batting order.
As a result of their violations of the IPL Code of Conduct, both received 100% of their match money as fines on Tuesday.
The short exchange between LSG opener Kyle Mayers and Kohli, who was noticeably more heated during RCB's defensive innings, seemed to have started the fight.
During the post-game handshakes, LSG bowler Naveen-ul-Haq and Kohli were seen arguing, and RCB's Glenn Maxwell was able to break them up.
Gambhir then pulled Mayers away from a conversation with Kohli.
Soon after, Gambhir was seen storming towards Kohli while being restrained by LSG players, including injured captain KL Rahul. But finally, players from both teams surrounded Kohli and Gambhir as they got into a furious altercation.
The LSG players and support personnel continually stopped Gautam Gambhir from storming towards Virat Kohli despite the fact that he seemed to be the more passionate of the two. The two shook hands and then exchanged this.
Initially seen holding Gambhir's shoulder, veteran spinner Amit Mishra, RCB captain Faf du Plessis, and LSG assistant coach Vijay Dahiya, who is also from Delhi, intervened to break up the argument.
Kohli was also seen talking to LSG skipper Rahul after the brawl.
While they have played together for the Delhi state team and are former India teammates, Kohli and Gambhir have a history of altercations.
Gambhir made the'shut up' sign to the Bengaluru fans during the most recent IPL 2023 match between LSG and RCB.
A confrontation between them occurred during the IPL match between RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru ten years ago.
Both Kohli and Gambhir acknowledged breaking the IPL Code of Conduct, the IPL stated in a statement. Naveen-ul-Haq, an LSG bowler, was also penalised 50% of his match money.
“For violating the IPL Code of Conduct during the IPL 2023 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, LSG Mentor Gautam Gambhir has been penalised 100% of his match pay. According to IPL Code of Conduct Article 2.21, Mr. Gambhir acknowledged to the Level 2 infraction, according to the statement.
Virat Kohli, a batsman for the RCB, was fined 100% of his match money for violating the IPL Code of Conduct during the IPL 2023 match against the LSG. According to IPL Code of Conduct Article 2.21, Mr. Kohli acknowledged to the Level 2 infraction.
Naveen-ul-Haq, a bowler for the LSG, was fined 50% of his match money for violating the IPL Code of Conduct during the IPL 2023 match against the RCB. Mr. Naveen-ul-Haq acknowledged the Level 1 infraction in violation of IPL Code of Conduct Article 2.21.