IPL 2013 April 11, 2013

Kohli and Gambhir warned after spat

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Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli squared off in an ugly spat during Royal Challengers Bangalore's chase against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. After Kohli was caught in the deep and was heading back to the pavilion, Gambhir ran past him on his way to celebrating with his team-mates. Some words may have been exchanged then and before we knew it, the two were charging at each other. Before it could get worse, their Delhi team-mate Rajat Bhatia intervened and seperated the pair.

Both Kohli and Gambhir received an official warning and reprimand for breaching the tournament's code of conduct. "Both Mr. Kohli and Mr. Gambhir admitted to the Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.4) of using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during the match," an IPL release stated

Gambhir's 'Kallis' moment
By nature, Gautam Gambhir is an intense human being. On Wednesday, he experienced a minute of heightened anxiety when he saw the name of South African allrounder Jacques Kallis on his suitcase as he retrieved his baggage at the Bangalore airport. In his column in the Hindustan Times, Gambhir expanded on his thoughts of what he felt being in the shoes of Kallis, who was named one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year on Wednesday. He wrote: "I too had that rare moment of being in his shoes or should I say the pleasure of 'Being Kallis'. The other day when I was travelling, the airline baggage tag on my suitcase and the kitbags read KALLIS/JACQ. And not my name. I wonder if someone in the airline staff was trying to flatter me (hopefully) or were they raising the bar for me (impossible to achieve?) or it was simply one of those group check-in scenarios where all bags are tagged in one name (NO!!!). Whatever it was, I felt like a 60-second-legend!"

Preparing for Hurricane Gayle
Meanwhile Gambhir's hero Kallis, writing his own column in the Times of India says teams can get carried away by "over-planning". Ahead of the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, Kallis said it would be futile to lose sleep over how to get Chris Gayle out. "You can make all the plans in the world for batsmen like Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers - but you can also overplan," Kallis said. "It's like preparing for a hurricane - you just have to accept that some days it will rip the roof off your house no matter what you do. And other days, it will pass by harmlessly!"

How to become a champion T20 team
There are two major elements that make a team successful in the IPL: the ability of the player to play with freedom and a united team. That is what made Kolkata Knight Riders the champions last year, according their coach Trevor Bayliss. Speaking to The Telegraph Bayliss said: "There's no set formula in T20. Having the freedom to express themselves is important for the players and helps in being successful. They also need to know their role in the team and must not feel insecure."
Camaraderie is the other important factor, something Bayliss said he has noticed in two other franchises - Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. "A good feeling among the group is important," said Bayliss. "You need honesty within the group, the coach has to be honest with his players and vice-versa. You need an environment where everyone can speak his mind. As I've said, you don't have to be the best team to win."

The Murali admiration club
Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Murali Kartik expressed his admiration for former Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan, saying that the latter had the enthusiasm of an 18-year-old when it came to bowling at the opposition batsmen.
"It's amazing," Kartik said to the Times of India. "He seems to know about most players in the world. He watches every bit of cricket shown around the world I think. He might ask you about some domestic player's strengths and weakness, make up his strategy and off he goes."
While Kartik and Muralitharan helm the spin unit of the Royal Challengers, their fast-bowling hasn't suffered in spite of Zaheer Khan's absence. Jaydev Unadkat, who has opened the bowling for Royal Challengers in recent matches, told the Hindu there was healthy competition among bowlers for spots in the team and Zaheer was also involved in helping bowlers prepare for the games

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  • priyankush on April 12, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Virat is a very passionate cricketer and human being..just think back at the celebrations of virat with Indian cricket fans at dhaka stadium after he played the epic 183 not out against pakistan .. thats the difference between virat and dhoni..dhoni after winning world cup final celebrated normally as he is far less passionate about cricket..whereas Virat is just the opposite..but what we need to give him credit is the fact that while batting he is exhibiting a terrific temparement be in IPL and more so in indian colours particularly nowadays in test matches..like the 67 not out he made in 3rd test which actually was the difference which led India to the first innings lead and eventually the test match .What is also commendable is the fact that Virat since last years' IPL ending matches from when he has been captain of RCB ; his performance graph is actually improving .. similar is case when he was given vice captaincy . his performance for India got better..so lets applaud this man

  • stormy16 on April 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    A bit ugly yes but most of you are missing the point - the passion these guys play the game with. Its easy think IPL is a domestic game and why would you get in to a biff with your Indian Team mate but its the absolute passion they play the game. Ugly yes but I think its great to see this level of passion for the game even at IPL level between guys who play for the same country..

  • on April 12, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Gautam and Kohli are both very good players and have contributed to Indian teams success. However, this is not the first time either of them has been involved in an on field controversy.It does happen in the heat of the game but it just looked ugly since they are team mates in the Indian dressing room. They are captains of their respective teams and quite experienced to avoid such altercations when the whole world is watching. Definitely not setting an example for their teams and younger players. I cannot imagine a Rahul Dravid or Kumble doing this - they should learn from such iconic players not just how to play the game but also how to conduct themselves.

  • on April 17, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Passion has to be separated with behaviour. Gambhir is aggressive cricketer but Kohli is over-agressive and that shouldn't be the case. You have to respect the game, your team mates, opposition players, seniors playing in other teams who helped you. Virat is the best at the moment but too arrogant. Everyone can't be Dravid but you got to control yourself. Virat loses it at the drop of a hat even without any provoking.

    Play hard but don't abuse. It is acceptable once in a while so the excuse "heat of the moment" won't work here

  • on April 15, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Mr priyankush... seems you are a kohli fan.. it doesnt mean you favor him and downgrade dhoni... If dhoni was not passionate about cricket he woudnt be indian captain.. under his captaincy indian cricket has done so well.. that is because of his character and presence of mind and matureness.. Kohli is far far far behind him.. and uncomparable... and i dont see characteristics of a successfull captain in him...

  • rienzied on April 13, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Both very immature and this pans out in a B grade soap opera...

  • on April 13, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    @Riyaz Gambhir is nowhere closed to Virat.Right now gambhir doesn't even deserve a place in the team.In his short career i guarantee you Kohli has won more matches and made more no. of records for India. Gambhir's technique to play short or swinging deliveries is awful whereas Kohli is a total class act with every shot in his playbook. And second thing it was Gambhir who threw words on Kohli when he was walking back then kohli reacted.So if Gambhir wants to have the respect of being a senior he should start acting like one as one's respect is in his own hands first of all,then in anyone else's.

  • Pathiyal on April 13, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    No doubt they both are fantastic players who have contributed to indian cricket more often than not. but they seem to lose their professionalism at times like these. whenever he hit a century he used to celebrate that with a bunch of expletives. imagine he did something like this with legends like Sachin or Dravid, probably his team would have lost the kind of support they enjoy at their home ground Bangalore. or even worse, he wouldnt have reached his hotel room safely. he should stop his mouth and let his performance talk. about Gautam, he should control himself, and learn the art of relaxing a bit.

  • on April 13, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Virat may be a very good talented Player but an attitude guy, he should give respect to his senior team mate. Gambhir is better then Virat, by the way see next in Kolkatta how kolkatta beat RCB

  • Dashgar on April 13, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Boys will be boys. Too much scrutiny being placed on these guys. They aren't teammates here, they're barely teammates in India with Gambhir's place under such pressure. Indian fans expect all their players to have placid personas like Sachin and Rahul Dravid but the fact is that all types play the game and can be successful. Virat's mean streak is part of what makes him the fierce competitor he is. Yes occasionally he'll need to be pulled back into line but there's no law that players need to behave like Mother Theresa

  • priyankush on April 12, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Virat is a very passionate cricketer and human being..just think back at the celebrations of virat with Indian cricket fans at dhaka stadium after he played the epic 183 not out against pakistan .. thats the difference between virat and dhoni..dhoni after winning world cup final celebrated normally as he is far less passionate about cricket..whereas Virat is just the opposite..but what we need to give him credit is the fact that while batting he is exhibiting a terrific temparement be in IPL and more so in indian colours particularly nowadays in test matches..like the 67 not out he made in 3rd test which actually was the difference which led India to the first innings lead and eventually the test match .What is also commendable is the fact that Virat since last years' IPL ending matches from when he has been captain of RCB ; his performance graph is actually improving .. similar is case when he was given vice captaincy . his performance for India got better..so lets applaud this man

  • stormy16 on April 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    A bit ugly yes but most of you are missing the point - the passion these guys play the game with. Its easy think IPL is a domestic game and why would you get in to a biff with your Indian Team mate but its the absolute passion they play the game. Ugly yes but I think its great to see this level of passion for the game even at IPL level between guys who play for the same country..

  • on April 12, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Gautam and Kohli are both very good players and have contributed to Indian teams success. However, this is not the first time either of them has been involved in an on field controversy.It does happen in the heat of the game but it just looked ugly since they are team mates in the Indian dressing room. They are captains of their respective teams and quite experienced to avoid such altercations when the whole world is watching. Definitely not setting an example for their teams and younger players. I cannot imagine a Rahul Dravid or Kumble doing this - they should learn from such iconic players not just how to play the game but also how to conduct themselves.

  • on April 17, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Passion has to be separated with behaviour. Gambhir is aggressive cricketer but Kohli is over-agressive and that shouldn't be the case. You have to respect the game, your team mates, opposition players, seniors playing in other teams who helped you. Virat is the best at the moment but too arrogant. Everyone can't be Dravid but you got to control yourself. Virat loses it at the drop of a hat even without any provoking.

    Play hard but don't abuse. It is acceptable once in a while so the excuse "heat of the moment" won't work here

  • on April 15, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Mr priyankush... seems you are a kohli fan.. it doesnt mean you favor him and downgrade dhoni... If dhoni was not passionate about cricket he woudnt be indian captain.. under his captaincy indian cricket has done so well.. that is because of his character and presence of mind and matureness.. Kohli is far far far behind him.. and uncomparable... and i dont see characteristics of a successfull captain in him...

  • rienzied on April 13, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Both very immature and this pans out in a B grade soap opera...

  • on April 13, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    @Riyaz Gambhir is nowhere closed to Virat.Right now gambhir doesn't even deserve a place in the team.In his short career i guarantee you Kohli has won more matches and made more no. of records for India. Gambhir's technique to play short or swinging deliveries is awful whereas Kohli is a total class act with every shot in his playbook. And second thing it was Gambhir who threw words on Kohli when he was walking back then kohli reacted.So if Gambhir wants to have the respect of being a senior he should start acting like one as one's respect is in his own hands first of all,then in anyone else's.

  • Pathiyal on April 13, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    No doubt they both are fantastic players who have contributed to indian cricket more often than not. but they seem to lose their professionalism at times like these. whenever he hit a century he used to celebrate that with a bunch of expletives. imagine he did something like this with legends like Sachin or Dravid, probably his team would have lost the kind of support they enjoy at their home ground Bangalore. or even worse, he wouldnt have reached his hotel room safely. he should stop his mouth and let his performance talk. about Gautam, he should control himself, and learn the art of relaxing a bit.

  • on April 13, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Virat may be a very good talented Player but an attitude guy, he should give respect to his senior team mate. Gambhir is better then Virat, by the way see next in Kolkatta how kolkatta beat RCB

  • Dashgar on April 13, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Boys will be boys. Too much scrutiny being placed on these guys. They aren't teammates here, they're barely teammates in India with Gambhir's place under such pressure. Indian fans expect all their players to have placid personas like Sachin and Rahul Dravid but the fact is that all types play the game and can be successful. Virat's mean streak is part of what makes him the fierce competitor he is. Yes occasionally he'll need to be pulled back into line but there's no law that players need to behave like Mother Theresa

  • Ross_the_Boss on April 12, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    seeing these guys squaring off at the drop of a hat...angry gestures et al....arent u glad that either of them didnt was made the Indian captain? too late for gambhir to mature and kohli not likely to be...too arrogant for his own good!

  • on April 12, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Interesting & funny. Both good friends off the field. Typical Delhite :) gets worked up at the drop of a hat:). They must have had a good dinner together after this and laughing their hearts out :).. Again typical delhi style ... forgetting and moving on :) ..

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on April 12, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Dilli wallahs are aggressive by nature, so the situation becomes incendiary when they are rival IPL captains, especially after Kohli displaced Gambhir from the vice-captaincy. But judging from what we saw on the TV it seems that in this particular case Gambhir said or did something to provoke Kohli who had just started to walk back to the dugout.

  • tennakoon63 on April 12, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Kholi is the most arrogant of the 2. He thinks no end of him self and has an attitude problem. Even in international games he does show scant respect to other players. He doesn't have the sportsmanship spirit in him.

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Both of them are hot headed and arrogant... It was like two raging bulls... And to be fair the two of them are just that... Have very little sense and a lot of arrogance. Would love to see these two thrown out of the team like Praveen Kumar... Its happened very often with Virat to be a one off case... So y have dual standards for Virat and Praveen.. Kohli has just started off in his career... But he feels like he is the Bradman in cricket. One day he too will have to eat the humble pie...

    Gambhir has lost his standing in the team with a few accusing him of even being selfish... I am not sure about the truth in that but he too has had his share of indiscipline. About time these are set right. Stronger action is required...

  • Anwar-Lara on April 12, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    So shameful , who would believe these guys play for the same country...

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    so unfortunate to see kohli starting to behave like sreesanth. What is the purpose of charging at opposition players in a non contact sport like cricket ?? (This is not ice hockey). Everyone likes to see intense competition, but this is just silly and ugly, and serves no purpose. Even I as a spectator do not get any enjoyment or thrill from it, just pure feelings of disgust.

  • NareshPodi on April 12, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Wait.. Everyone is talking as if they are perfect. Even, I seen the frustration when Sachin was given LBW. The way Kohli approaches the game was built on his aggressive character. That is why Kohli plays better than others(Even greats) in pressure situations. It is just IPL. Do not link these things to everything. If you really play cricket seriously, and you were given out and some one says something against you at that moment. How do you feel.?? Sitting far away from the situation and making comments is easy. I say.. very easy.

  • arvindnandan on April 12, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Somehow, I always feel neither of them deserves captaincy. If captaincy is all about being the best player in the team, then may be - but, only for that time when they are the best players of their teams. Otherwise they are pretty bad influences, who let out frustration and abuses even upon reaching personal milestones. Both will do well to see how good leaders work and behave. But, it is even more interesting to see how team-owners act on this. Will their IPL team owners be convinced? I doubt it. Interestingly, one of the team owners has also been banned for similar abusive behaviour last year. Perhaps that reflects.

  • Kazimabidi on April 12, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Someone mentioned Dravid and Kumble. Adding Tendulkar and even Sehwag to this group of legends, I am forced to reflect if I ever saw them agitated let alone behave in such hostile and beligerent manner. These are such tall players and Sehwag who is far more agressive in his batting than Gambhir and Kohli put together, is generally ice cold on the ground. Wonder what has gone in Kohli's head who reacts with his pet swear-word to both success and failure alike. Gambhir is short tempered too but I felt it was Kohli who overdid it yesterday.

  • on April 12, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    @ anilkp. All that and more; they both work for ONGC and in the same office. On a lighter note the rest of the office staff at ONGC must be training hard and studying refereeing in wrestling for when they both retire from cricket the match could be back on. Future Indian captains!!!! I believe there should be a yellow card/Red card in cricket also for exactly the same reason. If you can't control your temper; well off you go mate, cool your heels in the dugout or the beach. You guys are paid well enough and lot of young kids are watching; watch your mouth and actions for the love of god!!!!

  • ooper_cut on April 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Which is why Gambhir never got to be the captain and which is why Kohli also will remain Vice Captain unless he shows change. In the past, he has shown that he can change.

  • dashingrobbie on April 12, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Shame on both....no one showed sportsman spirit....

  • SUNDOS on April 12, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Captaincy requires cricketing skills with all its inherent man management attributes.It however also demands a certain statesman like approach to events where confrontation in inevitable.In the final analysis,with all their skills as batsmen,it's a tad sad to see that the maturity which should be an automatic trait is to put it a little kindly "missing" .Or perhaps all the high voltage IPL action demands a little "drama"?

  • NP_NY on April 12, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Not sure how you meant it but you are right. The Indian team is one big happy family because in a big happy family there will be fights. Unlike other teams like Srilanka where players are so afraid to express themselves.

  • DonPerignon on April 12, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    They are good cricketers all right but what about maturity on the cricket field? If an opposition player says something then you don't charge at him with profanities. Gambhir & Virat are repeat offenders and sadly they are being looked at as future leaders. I think BCCI & MSD are more to be blamed for this who haven't been able to counsel these repeat offenders but have been justifying the same in the past. Still remember Virat showing the "middle finger" to the crowd on the Oz tour. Poor show of character & setting the wrong example for younger players who unfortunately look up to them!!

  • ooper_cut on April 12, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Both are angry birds and let their steam off on each other. Remember how they celebrate a hundred or a wicket ? Take this also as a celebration of their kinship. :)

  • sulav.dahal on April 12, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    This is obvious in the tough competition of cricket, and especially in IPL. As they both already said, the on-field spat is need not to be brought outside the field. I think its the true sportsmanship. And, most importantly, they can't fight for long time. Kohli is gonn-be captain of Indian team, and Gambhir is lot more senior player and already vice-captain of Indian team. So more spat is in harm for both of them!

  • Raveey_ on April 12, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Everyone needs to relax a little .. they both are passionate cricketers and such "heat of the moment" incidence happen quite everyday in sports. Its quite unfair to compare them to the likes of Dravid and Kumble .. This is a whole new generation , whole new mindset..whoever has been a passionate sportsman(player and not just audience) would here understand that how easy it is to get in an altercation with the best of your friends while playing.. with all that crowd and pressure of the franchise , you do tend to get carried away a bit .. i mean when did u last see pollard and bravo having a go at each other , sachin reacting to an umpire decision , bhajji sreesanth slapgate and much more :) .. so just relax , it all happens in ipl ..

  • on April 12, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    I think this is the right way of playing cricket. If you don't want them to competitive then don't watch cricket. This attitude is good to see. The team comes first no matter if it's IPL or the national team. Take the example of Bravo and Pollard going at each other. It happens in cricket. these two guys took india out of trouble in the world cup final with a crucial partnership. They will shake it off and be freinds at the end of the day and win more matches together for India.

  • anilkp on April 11, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Both from Delhi, both team-mates for Delhi, both team-mates for India in various formats. Both consider themselves captain material for the country. And, yet, must they show such character in the open? I find it tough to believe that such a moment's madness vanishes the next moment. It stays there--even if a bit faint. That faint memory is going to affect domestic and national dressing room atmosphere. Unless, that is, overturned by high-money as in case of Ponting-Bhajji; and everyone knows the passion to play unitedly for your country is no match to the passion for an IPL team. Gambhir and Sehwag have already displayed their team spirit Down Under last year. Kohli joins the mess now. Great fun?

  • Angry_Bowler on April 11, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    This is not acceptable at all. Both should be punished at least for a match to sit out so that it will send a right message to all including the young and aspiring cricketers in India. If BCCI let it go it will only diminish the IPL and Indian cricket. By the way these two guys are not captaincy material and should never be made Indian team captain.

  • Nampally on April 11, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    It was sad to hear about Gambhir-Kohli spat. These are Test players representing India & both future Captaincy candidates. Clearly Kohli is bad tempered & was often caught bad mouthing even in OZ land. Kohli almost had similar spat with an Auissie in recent test series too! But doing it in India against your own team mate! - what sort of role Model is this to the younger fans? Also the Selectors should note any guy who is being groomed for future Indian Captaincy needs to be well behaved & in control of his temper at all times. Both Kohli & Gambhir should be ruled out of any potential Indian Captaincy roles. Great captains like Clarke, Cook, Kumble & even Dhoni were always well behaved & disciplined at all times.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 11, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    "Kohli and Gambhir warned after spat" wow !! Indian cricket team is a one big happy family.

  • biggyd on April 11, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    pretty sure there are millions of cricketers out there who want gambhirs tag on their suitcase too : ) and in 5 years, that list will include kallis...

  • KK_Cricket on April 11, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Good to read insights of players and what they think and how they approach crucial games/situations.. Its correct that you cannot plan against likes of Dhoni, Gayle and AB but what you can definitely plan is your playing XI and role of each player.. And have a plan B for match situation.. suppose if you are 10/2 or if the opposition is at 60/0 after 6, how would you tackle this? And good teams definitely have Plan B.. Batting orders should be flexible in T20.. And I would really like to see coaches take bold steps.. like for instance, KKR can surprize and send Pathan/Das at 3... Delhi can play Jayawardene at 4 and bring in Juneja as an opener..I expect this IPL to be the most closely fought... And also expect either RR/Pune/Punjab to be part of Top 4.. with the so called unbeatable Super Kings and dynamic, but 3 player wonders RCB to bow out of Top 4 because at the end of the day, collective Teams make difference not 1 or 2 players...

  • KK_Cricket on April 11, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Good to read insights of players and what they think and how they approach crucial games/situations.. Its correct that you cannot plan against likes of Dhoni, Gayle and AB but what you can definitely plan is your playing XI and role of each player.. And have a plan B for match situation.. suppose if you are 10/2 or if the opposition is at 60/0 after 6, how would you tackle this? And good teams definitely have Plan B.. Batting orders should be flexible in T20.. And I would really like to see coaches take bold steps.. like for instance, KKR can surprize and send Pathan/Das at 3... Delhi can play Jayawardene at 4 and bring in Juneja as an opener..I expect this IPL to be the most closely fought... And also expect either RR/Pune/Punjab to be part of Top 4.. with the so called unbeatable Super Kings and dynamic, but 3 player wonders RCB to bow out of Top 4 because at the end of the day, collective Teams make difference not 1 or 2 players...

  • biggyd on April 11, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    pretty sure there are millions of cricketers out there who want gambhirs tag on their suitcase too : ) and in 5 years, that list will include kallis...

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 11, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    "Kohli and Gambhir warned after spat" wow !! Indian cricket team is a one big happy family.

  • Nampally on April 11, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    It was sad to hear about Gambhir-Kohli spat. These are Test players representing India & both future Captaincy candidates. Clearly Kohli is bad tempered & was often caught bad mouthing even in OZ land. Kohli almost had similar spat with an Auissie in recent test series too! But doing it in India against your own team mate! - what sort of role Model is this to the younger fans? Also the Selectors should note any guy who is being groomed for future Indian Captaincy needs to be well behaved & in control of his temper at all times. Both Kohli & Gambhir should be ruled out of any potential Indian Captaincy roles. Great captains like Clarke, Cook, Kumble & even Dhoni were always well behaved & disciplined at all times.

  • Angry_Bowler on April 11, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    This is not acceptable at all. Both should be punished at least for a match to sit out so that it will send a right message to all including the young and aspiring cricketers in India. If BCCI let it go it will only diminish the IPL and Indian cricket. By the way these two guys are not captaincy material and should never be made Indian team captain.

  • anilkp on April 11, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Both from Delhi, both team-mates for Delhi, both team-mates for India in various formats. Both consider themselves captain material for the country. And, yet, must they show such character in the open? I find it tough to believe that such a moment's madness vanishes the next moment. It stays there--even if a bit faint. That faint memory is going to affect domestic and national dressing room atmosphere. Unless, that is, overturned by high-money as in case of Ponting-Bhajji; and everyone knows the passion to play unitedly for your country is no match to the passion for an IPL team. Gambhir and Sehwag have already displayed their team spirit Down Under last year. Kohli joins the mess now. Great fun?

  • on April 12, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    I think this is the right way of playing cricket. If you don't want them to competitive then don't watch cricket. This attitude is good to see. The team comes first no matter if it's IPL or the national team. Take the example of Bravo and Pollard going at each other. It happens in cricket. these two guys took india out of trouble in the world cup final with a crucial partnership. They will shake it off and be freinds at the end of the day and win more matches together for India.

  • Raveey_ on April 12, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Everyone needs to relax a little .. they both are passionate cricketers and such "heat of the moment" incidence happen quite everyday in sports. Its quite unfair to compare them to the likes of Dravid and Kumble .. This is a whole new generation , whole new mindset..whoever has been a passionate sportsman(player and not just audience) would here understand that how easy it is to get in an altercation with the best of your friends while playing.. with all that crowd and pressure of the franchise , you do tend to get carried away a bit .. i mean when did u last see pollard and bravo having a go at each other , sachin reacting to an umpire decision , bhajji sreesanth slapgate and much more :) .. so just relax , it all happens in ipl ..

  • sulav.dahal on April 12, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    This is obvious in the tough competition of cricket, and especially in IPL. As they both already said, the on-field spat is need not to be brought outside the field. I think its the true sportsmanship. And, most importantly, they can't fight for long time. Kohli is gonn-be captain of Indian team, and Gambhir is lot more senior player and already vice-captain of Indian team. So more spat is in harm for both of them!

  • ooper_cut on April 12, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Both are angry birds and let their steam off on each other. Remember how they celebrate a hundred or a wicket ? Take this also as a celebration of their kinship. :)