Bangalore v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Bangalore

An evening of altercations in Bangalore

Plays from the IPL game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore

Siddhartha Talya

April 11, 2013

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Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir in a heated exchange, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Bangalore, April 11, 2013
Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli: No love lost © BCCI
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The collision
Gautam Gambhir has had a few altercations with bowlers in his career, some really unpleasant such as the one with Shahid Afridi a few years ago in an ODI. His latest run-in was with Moises Henriques in the first over of the day, as the two collided while Gambhir was trying to steal a quick single while running to the striker's end and Henriques was trying to pick the ball. There was a verbal exchange, followed by an intervention by the umpire. Henriques seemed to have got over it, but Gambhir was still firing away from his mouth after striking him for four his next over.

The spat
What happened between Gambhir and Henriques could be described as cordial, if one saw how Kohli and Gambhir had a go at each other. Kohli sliced a catch to deep point, and there may have been something said when Gambhir ran across to celebrate with his team-mates. The next thing we know, both Kohli and Gambhir, team-mates with India and Delhi, are charging at each other, only to be prevented from doing something worse by another Delhi team-mate Rajat Bhatia, who separated the two.

The missed opportunity
Gambhir and Jacques Kallis have had their share of misunderstandings as a pair when it comes to running between wickets, and one today could easily have resulted in a run out. Gambhir knocked one into the off side in the second over and set off, watching the ball and not his partner, and was sent back belatedly. Virat Kohli pulled off an excellent one-handed stop at point but had to throw off-balanced and missed the stumps at the striker's end by a mile, allowing Gambhir to make it back in time.

The lapse
The IPL season so far has thrown up some excellent catches but the ground-fielding still has much room for improvement. Ten runs were conceded in overthrows in the Kolkata Knight Riders innings, both off needless attempts to aim at the stumps. Kohli was the culprit once, and RP Singh the second time when he fired a throw at the striker's end in the 17th over from short fine leg with no-one backing up.

The silent phase
Maiden overs are a rarity in Twenty20 cricket, and surprisingly it was Virat Kohli who played one out this time. Still very early into his innings, he swung hard at Jacques Kallis but missed, both players exchanging big smiles after the delivery. Soon, Kallis doled out a generous full toss on middle stump that Kohli, usually, would have dispatched even in his sleep. But he ended up working it gently to midwicket, and then smiled again, to himself this time at an opportunity missed. He made up for it well later in the innings.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 12, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

Though I'm not a big fan of Indian Cricket, I must say, Pls groom somebody else to replace Dhoni. Kohli is far from captain material. He will undo everything what people like Dravid have worked hard for. He will burn everything to ashes if he is given the wheel.

Posted by archnat1112 on (April 12, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

Sorry to say this, but everytime I see some of the decisions Gambhir makes, I think he proves his absolute lack of captaincy material. The same goes for Sehwag. Kohli is young and immature - in a couple of years if Dhoni wants to retire, I think he would be the right person to hand over the captaincy to. I don't think there is anyone else, unless you go a completely different direction and hand it over to someone like Ashwin (which I doubt would happen). But being a CSK and Dhoni fan, I am extremely glad that Dhoni is the captain. All this ugly nonsense doesn't happen with him! :)

Posted by grandad40 on (April 12, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

this spat is the very reason why i believe neither kohli nor gambhir can be a dhoni...despite how d bowler bowls or some misfields u never see msd animated and abusive like a kohli...even during a bad over msd claps and motivates his men and so they deliver in d next over...but despite some spark of aggression being necessary i dont think over aggression is a want...msd always in d category remains no 1 by miles...so i feel he should be allowed to captain until kohli moulds himself which will be quite tough but a positive for d nation i think mahi cud help kohli a bit herre

Posted by   on (April 12, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

I am an ardent Team India follower and lover, I feel with this kind of petty behaviour I wish virat kohli shall lose his spot in Team India leave alone captaincy. i have no regrets in saying this. About gambhir, he already lost the place in the side and nothing more.

Posted by Nampally on (April 11, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

The worst play of the day was KKR dropping Bret Lee & replacing him with McLaren. Bret was the only bowler who could have contained Gayle, Kohli & AB de velliers. I think that cost KKR the match. High intensity, if frustrated, leads to spats. This happened in case of Gambhir twice in the same match. I reckon that is my second worst play of the day. The last one is of course Gayle's superb knock which knocked the pants off KKR!

Posted by LoveTeamIndia on (April 11, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Karthik, given the kind of backing Dhoni has (Srinivasan, Shastri, Gavaskar) and after the 4-0 result vs Australia, no one else has even a remote chance of becoming a captain till Dhoni retires. And given the way Sachin is continuing to play without any performance, Dhoni will probably play for 10 more years. So Kohli and Gambhir and others can fight all they want now--they will be long gone before Dhoni steps down from captaincy. Like Vijay, I also think that a little aggression from time to time is not bad. McEnroe, Lillee, Miandad, Dada, Bhajji etc have proved that.

Posted by   on (April 11, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

If Kohli is going to behave as this it will be a disaster. There are only 2 current indian players for kohli to collide with. Tendulkar and sehwag. This is not gentlmans game anymore

Posted by 504429641 on (April 11, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

If Dhoni plays for another 3-4 years, then Unmukt Chand can be groomed as a captain. Ofcourse, i agree, that he needs to come into playing XI first. But playing consistently for 2-3 years (and having the skill required for a captain) is enough to make someone a captain. Remember, Dhoni started his international career in 2004 and became a captain in 2007. Graeme Smith is another one who became captain very early. Having captaincy material in you is very important. BTW, I agree to what most of the ppl said here, Kohli and Gambhir don't exactly have captaincy material in them.

Posted by cric_gates on (April 11, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Everyone is very impressed with virat batting but his abusing nature will bring bad mouth about his on field behaviour. He should learn with Dhoni or Sachin or Dravid. Even Dada was aggressive but not abusive. Same applies to Gambhir too.... but I am really upset with virat as Gambhir is as senior as like Dhoni and virat is still young.Gambhir is 32 and Virat is 22.He should respect Gambhir. I doubt how he will handles his senior when he will be captain.

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (April 11, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

@ Keba Jeeva I agree. Both are like Ponting without that much ability of course.

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