Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir had an ugly argument following RCB’s defeat of LSG in IPL 2023 in Lucknow.
The highlight of Monday’s IPL 2023 match at the Ekana Stadium will be Gautam Gambhir vs Virat Kohli. Why? Their rivalry is well known and started in the 2013 IPL tournament when a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Knight Riders of Kolkata took place. When Royal Challengers Bengaluru took on Lucknow Supergiants at the Chinnaswamy Stadium last month, Gambhir erupted into a frenzied celebration and then shook hands with Kohli after LSG’s win. The former India opener and current LSG mentor also put his finger to his lips to silence the crowd.
The episode began in the fourth round of the Lucknow chase when Glenn Maxwell came in for an attack on assistant skipper Krunal Pandya. Maxwell threw the ball wider and picked up the pace as Kruner charged at the big at long range, but was spotted by Kohli, who made a handy catch to send the batsman back for 11 for 14 middle.
How did Kohli celebrate RCB’s second wicket? He blew a kiss to the crowd, slapped himself on the chest, and recreated Gambier’s celebration in a twisted fashion. He put his finger to his lips before signaling the crowd not to shut up and continue cheering. The celebration was a bit different with the LSG coach, who actually used the same “finger on lips” gesture to signal the Chinnaswamy crowd to keep still.
RCB managed to defend and keep LSG 18 short despite a nine-under total of 126 on a course that seemed a little too hard to hit. Naveen-ul-Haq is LSG’s bowler choice, along with Ravi Bishnoi and Amit Mishra, while Kohli (31) and Faf du Plessis (44) are RCB’s top scorers. In response, the visitors struck out early with new balls, leaving LSG four points behind in a strong game of just 27, before the rest of the lineup crumbled in the blink of an eye. Injured KL Rahul was 11th but couldn’t make a difference for the team as he was unable to run due to a hamstring strain.
Kyle Mayers approached the former RCB captain for a chat after an angry Gambhir had an aggressive handshake with Kohli after the match, but Gambhir interrupted him and took him away. The LSG mentor then took a drink to Kohli, drawing the RCB star into a heated exchange. Video clips that have been circulated show Gambier was the one who tried to attack Kohli despite repeated attempts by LSG players, including captain KL Rahul, to stop him.