The Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game turned into an ugly sight as one after the other scenes kept unfolding. In the game that led to RCB’s victory, two World Cup-winning players, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli got engaged in a boiling fight that painted a grim picture of two big names in the cricketing world. However, an eyewitness who was present at the LSG vs RCB clash gave a lowdown of events to a news agency.
The Gambhir vs Kohli rivalry isn’t a new thing; both the players have been carrying their own baggage since 2013, and there have been several incidents where fans have seen their rift. However, what happened on Monday night was something very unexpected, and fans have divided opinions on the same.
As per the eyewitness, there was an exchange of abuses between all the players included. He said, "You saw on TV that Mayers and Virat were walking side by side for a few meters post-match. Mayers asked Kohli why was he constantly abusing them and Virat, in turn, questioned why was he (Mayers) 'staring' at him. Before that (Amit) Mishra had complained to the umpire about Virat constantly abusing Naveen (ul-Haq), who is a No. 10 batter. Gautam, sensing that things could turn ugly, pulled Mayers and told him not to have a conversation, when Virat made a comment. The heated exchange that followed seemed a bit juvenile."
He further added, "Gautam asked 'Kya bol raha hain bol' (What were you saying?) and Virat replied, 'Maine aapko kuch bola hi nahin, aap kyon ghus rahe ho' (Why are you coming in between when I haven't told you anything). Gautam responded, 'Tune agar mere player ko bola hai, matlab tune meri family ko gaali diya hai. (You abused my player and that's like abusing my family) and Virat's reply was, 'Toh aap apne family ko sambhal ke rakhiye'. (Then you take care of your family). Gambhir's final reply before they were separated was, 'Toh ab tu mujhe sikhayega...' (So now I have to learn from you...)."
Watch Kohli-Gambhir verbal spat:
Notably, both the World Cup-winning players have been charged 100 per cent of their match fee, whereas, the Afghan pacer, Naveen-ul-Haq has been asked to pay 50 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL code of conduct.
However, after the on-field banter post the match against RCB, the LSG Head Coach Gautam Gambhir has now shared a cryptic post. His post read, "Man who ran away from Delhi Cricket citing 'pressure' seems over eager to sell paid PR as concern for cricket!"