Former Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has reportedly written to multiple BCCI officials regarding the fine for his verbal altercation with LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir. This fight took place after the RCB vs LSG match, as players came together for the customary handshakes.
Throughout the game, Kohli was giving back to the Lucknow players and this verbal back-and-forth spilt over after the game. Hence addressing this incident, Virat Kohli has explained his side as per a report from Dainik Jagran.
Virat Kohli expressed disappointment to the BCCI officials regarding being fined a 100% match fee and further expressed that he did not say anything to Naveen-ul-Haq or Gambhir during the spat. In the aftermath of the incident, both Kohli and Gambhir were fined 100% of their respective match fees and were sanctioned under a Level 2 offence and a violation of Article 2.21 of the IPL Code of Conduct. Whereas Naveen-ul-Haq was also fined by the IPL for committing a Level 1 offence under Article 2.21 of the IPL Code of Conduct. He was handed a 50% fine on his match fee.
Since the announcement of the fines, the question of whether Virat Kohli will pay this fine has surfaced. But the answer to this question is no as per a report in Cricbuzz which states that Kohli will not be paying money from his yearly contract and his team will take care of all the fines.
The reports further added that this gesture isn't a contractual obligation but the franchises generally tend to not deduct salaries from their players' purse. Regarding this unwritten rule, the RCB official was quoted saying, "Players put their bodies on the line for the team and we respect that and as a culture, we don't cut the fine from their salaries."