IPL 2023: Kohli, Gambhir in heated exchange after RCB edge LSG

The clip of the incident was widely shared on social media and fans started to comment. It was not clear what happened.

Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir clash, IPL 2023
Kohli and Gambhir have a heated exchange after RCB beat LSG in IPL 2023 on Monday (May 1). Photo: Twitter/Screengrab

The two have a history of a love-hate relationship and it again came to the fore on Monday night (May 1) in Lucknow. Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir clashed after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 18 runs in a low-scoring IPL 2023 contest.

After RCB had successfully defended 126, both teams’ players were involved in customary handshakes, and as the cameras panned on the cricketers, there seemed to be a heated exchange between Kohli and Gambhir.

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Virat Kohli, LSG vs RCB, IPL 2023

As Kohli and Lucknow team’s mentor Gambhir exchanged a few words, LSG captain KL Rahul, his teammate Amit Mishra and Vijay Dahiya, who is part of the Lucknow support staff, and an umpire intervened as a finger-wagging Kohli walked away.

The clip of the incident was widely shared on social media and fans started to comment. It was not clear what happened.

There was another short video shared on Twitter that showed some words being exchanged between Kohli and LSG paceman Naveen-ul-Haq as they shook hands.

During LSG’s run chase, Kohli egged on the crowd to support RCB and also when a wicket fell, he broke into big celebrations. There was also a moment when Kohli put a finger on his mouth, silencing the LSG fans.

Virat Kohli, LSG vs RCB, IPL 2023
RCB’s Virat Kohli silences LSG fans during their IPL 2023 match in Lucknow on Monday night (May 1). Photo: BCCI/IPL

Kohli’s gesture was tit for tat as Gambhir had done the same when LSG had beaten RCB in their away match in Bengaluru, off the last ball on April 10.

There was also another moment when LSB opener Kyle Mayers was talking to Kohli after the match and Gambhir pulled the West Indian away from the conversation.

After the match, Kohli tweeted thanking fans for the massive support.

It may be recalled that Gambhir and Kohli had clashed on the field in IPL 2013 at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium when RCB had faced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Back then, Kohli got out and words were exchanged between him and Gambhir, and KKR’s Rajat Bhatia had to separate the fighting duo.

Kohli-Gambhir clash, IPL 2013
Kohli-Gambhir clash during an IPL 2013 match between RCB and Kolkata in Bengaluru. File photo: YouTube/Screengrab