Fans of Virat Kohli taunted former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir on the sidelines of Asia Cup 2023 in Sri Lanka. The incident took place when Gambhir was rushing inside the stadium due to rain in Pallekele.
On the sidelines of an Asia Cup 2023 match, Gambhir reacted strongly to the trolls by showing his middle finger to the fans in Sri Lanka. This is not the first time that Kohli fans have trolled Gambhir. During the IPL 2023, Gambhir and Kohli were involved in a heated argument after a match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
During a recent match between RCB and LSG, a heated exchange took place between Kohli and Gambhir. This incident not only made headlines, but also instigated fans on either side who adore their respective cricketing heroes. The spat took place in the game’s aftermath, during the traditional post-match handshake. Both players had to be separated by the members of their respective teams, setting off a series of incidents that added a new dimension to their well-documented historical rivalry.
Adding to the drama, a group of fans in the stadium, allegedly supporters of Kohli, started chanting his name when they saw Gambhir ascending the stairs. The discernible ‘Kohli, Kohli’ echoed around the arena, seemingly rubbing salt into the wounds of the already tense situation. The on-field altercation didn’t end there. Kohli was also seen in a contentious situation with Naveen-ul-Haq, who later claimed in an enigmatic social media post that the Indian cricket star had verbally abused him.
Gambhir was spotted pulling away his team’s opener, Kyle Mayers, who was in conversation with Kohli. It further stirred the pot, making the spectator wonder what was indeed transpiring behind the scenes.
Both Kohli and Gambhir found themselves in hot water as they received fines for their conduct. According to the IPL Code of Conduct, each was fined 100 percent of their match fees for a Level 2 offence, while Naveen-ul-Haq received a 50 percent cut. Ex-cricketers expressed disappointment at the on-field behaviour of both players, calling their actions unfitting of their stature within the sport.