Watch Video: Heated Exchange Between Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir After LSG vs RCB IPL 2023 Game
The IPL 2023 game between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Lucknow on Monday was witness to some ugly scenes as RCB star batter Virat Kohli and LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir had a heated exchange.
Throughout the match, Kohli could be seen being quite animated after the LSG batter were getting dismissed during the chase.
Watch: How The Heated Exchange Between Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir Unfolded
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The altercation came after Royal Challengers Bangalore had bowled Lucknow Super Giants out for 108, with KL Rahul batting through a leg injury in an unsuccessful attempt to see his side home. During the LSG innings, Kohli had celebrated wickets falling with his usual animated gestures.
For context, in the previous fixture between the two sides last month, Lucknow team mentor Gambhir had signalled to the Bangalore home crowd to be quiet after LSG’s narrow victory. Not only did Kohli blow kisses in the Lucknow crowd’s direction when their team lost a wicket on this occasion, but he also emulated Gambhir by pressing his finger to his lips.
Once the match was over, the teams lined up to shake hands, with Naveen and Kohli exchanging words when they did so. Once Kohli had almost moved on from Naveen to shake the next player’s hand, he turned back as Naveen continued to speak to him. As both players looked more and more heated, Glenn Maxwell stepped in between the two to separate them, with Kohli walking away to shake hands with the rest of the LSG contingent.
As Naveen continued to talk and more LSG players and staff gathered around, RCB captain Faf du Plessis led his opening partner away from the scene. But, Kohli turned back and first engaged with Rahul, before having a heated conversation with Gambhir. Mishra again put himself between the two to diffuse the situation.
Before the exchange, Gambhir had pulled Kyle Mayers away from Kohli while the two were talking and was then held back by several LSG players as he gestured in Kohli’s direction.