Virat Kohli’s penchant for post-match controversy has reached a new level after he was caught clashing with former Indian teammate Gautam Gambhir in the IPL.
Kohli was one of the key figures in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 18-run win over Lucknow Super Giants, scoring 31 at the top of the order and taking two catches.
The tension then escalated towards the end of the game as the Indian legends came together in a heated exchange.
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As the handshakes continued, Kohli and Gambhir interacted noticeably aggressively, but limited words were spoken.
Kohli then appeared to be at loggerheads with Lucknow’s Naveen ul-Haq after the win came after Gambhir came in aggressively and the players separated the two.
Both men were fined 100 per cent of their match fee for the incident in breach of the IPL’s code of conduct.
Kohli was also caught mimicking his and Gambhir’s handshake with opponent Marcus Stoinis.
The RCB opener has been in a fiery mood in this season’s IPL, with death staring down Sourav Ganguly during his team’s match against Delhi Capitals on April 15.
The Delhi Capitals director was then caught avoiding a handshake with Kohli after the match.
Kohli stepped down as India’s T20I captain and was sacked as ODI boss during Ganguly’s tenure as chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Josh Hazlewood was outstanding for RCB in the win over Lucknow, taking 2-15 from three overs, while Glenn Maxwell took 1-3 from his one over. Both of Kohli’s catches came from two Australian bowling stars
RCB are currently placed fifth in the IPL table while Lucknow are third. Matthew Wade’s Gujarat Titans sit at the top of the table
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