The drama and tension in the IPL 2023 season reached new heights following a heated battle between Virat Kohli and Afghanistan bowler Naveen Ul Haq. The on-field altercation between the two players escalated even further when former cricketer Gautam Gambhir got involved in a heated argument with Kohli after the match.
However, the recent ODI World Cup saw a surprising turn of events as Naveen and Kohli shook hands and put their enmity behind them. Now, Gautam Gambhir has publicly addressed the issue for the first time in an interview with news agency ANI.
Gambhir expressed his stance on the matter, stating that while he does not have the right to interfere with on-field incidents during a match, he believes it is his responsibility to stand up for his players when they are confronted off the field.
The incident in question took place after the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants, which saw Kohli and Haq engage in a confrontation, with Gambhir also getting involved. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) fined Kohli and Gambhir 100 percent of their match fees, while Naveen was fined 50 percent following the clashes.
The public response from Gautam Gambhir sheds light on the intense emotions and rivalries that can arise in the world of cricket, and it remains to be seen how these developments will impact the future interactions between these players in the IPL 2024 season.
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