Former India head coach Ravi Shastri recently shared his thoughts on the controversial on-field altercation involving Indian veterans Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir. Shastri mentioned the cricketers need to be aware that there are cameras and how they should behave on a cricket field.
Following the match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, who have built quite a reputation for their aggression, were engaged in a heated exchange of words. This controversial incident grabbed the attention of the fans.
LSG’s mentor and the RCB opener were fined 100 per cent 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.
Ravi Shastri issues warning to Kohli and Gambhir
Shastri wanted Gambhir and Kohli that if something like this repeats in the future, these two can very well get suspended as well. He was in favour of penalizing players heavily if found to be engaged in spats while on the field especially on more than one occasion.
Shastri also seemed in favour of it by saying that it will lead the players to realize their mistakes and keep their behaviour under check due to live telecast.
“You need a little bit of confrontation on the field. Where you draw the line, the match referee is there to see the line. When you’re fined, once or twice you will be ok. A lot of people told me, this is IPL. This is a live telecast. Why were they showing two players fighting? Ok, fair point. Because the world saw it. Now, I will tell you the positive in that,” Shastri said on ESPNcricinfo.
“By seeing that, both the players will behave differently the next time. Because they will know there is a camera on them all the time. Then they will do the right thing for the massive audience that is watching. Kids, parents, friends. You then know what is the line. Have I used abusive language? Was my body language not right? Was that in the spirit of the game? Did I come across as a bad loser? All these things immediately come to the fore once you watch that footage and then you learn. If you don’t learn then another fine will be around the corner or a suspension,” the 60-year-old added.
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