The Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed an intense clash between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, which culminated in an altercation between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.
The two cricketers had a history of on-field altercations, with the most infamous incident taking place in 2013 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, where Kohli and Gambhir, then captains of RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) respectively, had an ugly fight.
During the match between RCB and LSG, Kohli’s aggressive and impulsive reactions post the fall of each wicket, including the blow of a flying kiss towards the crowd, seemed to be an overt reply to Gambhir’s provocations from the stands.
However, the build-up to the altercation began earlier in the match when there were a couple of heated moments between Kohli and LSG players Amit Mishra and Naveen-ul-Haq. Kohli was visibly more animated on the field than ever before, which led to tensions between the players.
After the match, the altercation between Kohli and Gambhir escalated, with both players engaged in a heated exchange of words. The incident has sparked outrage among fans and pundits alike, with many calling for stricter action against players who engage in such behavior on the field.
The IPL Governing Council has yet to make an official statement on the incident, but it is expected that they will take a strong stance against any kind of unsporting behavior on the field.
Overall, the incident serves as a reminder of the need for players to maintain sportsmanship and respect for their opponents, both on and off the field.
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