Monday’s IPL 2023 face-off between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore took a heated turn when RCB’s superstar batter, Virat Kohli, and LSG’s mentor, Gautam Gambhir, engaged in a tense exchange.
Throughout the electrifying match, Kohli’s animated reactions were hard to miss, especially as LSG wickets tumbled. Recalling the previous LSG vs RCB encounter in Bengaluru, Gambhir had silenced the crowd with a ‘shut up’ gesture, leaving fans speculating whether Kohli’s actions were a response. Although the two initially shook hands after the match, a confrontation erupted when LSG opener Kyle Mayers approached Kohli.
Gambhir intervened, pulling Mayers away, but not before the tension escalated. Cameras captured a visibly animated Gambhir exchanging words with a relatively composed Kohli. Teammates and support staff, including KL Rahul, eventually separated the duo. Kohli then engaged in a lengthy conversation with LSG captain Rahul.
Catch the Drama: Watch the Heated Exchange Between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir Unfold!
Naveen Ul Huq punched Virat Kohli infront of entire stadium but Virat Kohli ran away.— 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐧 (@Hydrogen_45) May 1, 2023
Kohli was afraid of him AF ! 🤣pic.twitter.com/SrYKtvcGsR
On the field, Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrated an 18-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants. LSG restricted RCB to 126 for nine, but stumbled in their chase, ultimately succumbing at 108 in 19.5 overs. Faf du Plessis contributed 44 runs to RCB’s total, while Kohli added 31 at the top of the order.
LSG’s Naveen-ul-Haq bagged three wickets, conceding 30 runs in four overs, while Ravi Bishnoi and Amit Mishra claimed two wickets each. Krunal Pandya also put in a commendable performance with an economical 0/21 in four overs.
Match Summary: RCB – 126/9 (Faf du Plessis 44; Naveen-ul-Haq 3/30, Ravi Bishnoi 2/21); LSG – 108 all out (Josh Hazlewood 2/15, Karn Sharma 2/20).