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‘What Happened Between Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir..’: Kapil Dev’s Advice to BCCI After ‘Painful’ IPL Brawl

Kapil Dev calls Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir clash 'painful' (Twitter Image

Kapil Dev calls Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir clash ‘painful’ (Twitter Image

Kapil Dev gave an example of Pele and Don Bradman to hint how sportsmen lose their minds all the time but insisted that Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir’s fight was ‘painful’

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir’s fiery coming together during IPL 2023 will go down in history as one of the league’s most infamous moments. The Indian duo had previously exchanged some fiery words in 2013 when they first clashed in IPL and exactly ten years later, no love has been lost between the two.

During the faceoff between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants in May, Kohli got into a war of words with LSG pacer Naveen-ul-Haq. Their fiery exchange was caught on cameras and after the end of the match, the duo squared off again while shaking hands.

Virat and Naveen continued to fire potshots at each other although the drama continued when Gautam got involved after which the two Delhi-born cricketers gave fans a dose of heavy nostalgia.

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The fight didn’t put BCCI in any good light and it was a ‘painful’ one to watch according to former India captain Kapil Dev.

The legendary 1983-World Cup winner gave advice to BCCI and also touched upon the ugly altercation between Kohli and Gautam and how it can be avoided.

Kapil sat down for an interview with THE WEEK, wherein the veteran hinted how players these days have become ‘arrogant’ He shared plenty of insight into how the board can make sure the players remain grounded.

“They (BCCI) have to groom players to be good citizens also. What happened between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli in the IPL, it was painful for me,” said Kapil.

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The 64-year-old added, “My two most important people―Virat Kohli, one of the top batters in the world; Gambhir is now member of Parliament―how can they behave in such a manner? But sportsmen do lose their mind, from Pelé to Don Bradman to all people.”

For the unversed, the BCCI fined both Kohli and Gautam and handed a severe penalty to Naveen too.

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