Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir recently decided to talk about the on-field spat with Virat Kohli. Indian cricket superstars Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were involved in a controversial on-field altercation when Royal Challengers Bangalore took on Lucknow Super Giants in the 43rd game of the tournament on May 1 in the IPL 2023.
Following the match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, who possess aggression, were engaged in a heated exchange of words. This controversial incident grabbed the attention from the fans.
It is worth noting that LSG’s mentor and the RCB opener were fined 100 percent of their match fees as it led to a breach of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. In addition to this, Naveen-ul-Haq, who was also involved in the incident, was fined 50 percent of his fees.
Speaking on ‘ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash’, Gambhir made it clear that he would have defended any player in his team.
“It is not about Naveen-ul-Haq. I would have defended any player, that is my job, that is how I am. Why should I not defend my players just because someone has a broadcaster working for him, left right and centre, someone who has more social media presence doesn’t have any right to walk over someone. If I cannot stand with my players, then I have no right to be in that dressing room,” said Gambhir.
He stated that once the match was over he had all the right to defend his player and he will continue to do so in the future as well. Gambhir recently moved on from LSG and has joined his former side Kolkata Knight Riders as a mentor for the 2024 season.
“As a mentor, no one can come and walk over my players. Till the time game was on, I didn’t have the right to interfere but once the game was over if someone gets into a heated argument, I have got all the right to defend my players and in future also if something like that happens, I will defend my players,” Gambhir added.