A public clash between famous cricketer Virat Kohli and former batsman Gautam Gambhir after an Indian Premier League (IPL) match has left social media commentators stunned.
The altercation occurred after a T20 match on Monday between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore after the latter won.
Gambhir, mentor to the Lucknow Super Giants, and Kohli, who plays for the Royal Challengers, were caught on camera in a visibly heated verbal joust, replete with hand gestures and the involvement of the other cricketers in separating the both.
Naveen-ul-Haq, an Afghan bowler who played for the Giants, also participated.
What left social media users guessing was what the plot was actually about, as the audio of the plot remained completely inaudible.
Gambhir and Kohli’s full fees were deducted, while ul-Haq was fined half his match fee. All three players admitted their wrongdoing, IPL organizers said in a statement.
Kohli, well known for his combative nature on the pitch, seemed animated throughout the match as he yelled, punched the air and gestured to the crowd after each sending off.
But when the players shook hands, the star cricketer appeared to have a forceful exchange with ul-Haq and was later confronted by Gambhir.
In the heated exchange captured on camera, Kohli initially appeared as if he was trying to reason with Gambhir, but the conversation turned heated and the pair, who previously met in a 2013 IPL match, had to be separated by teammates. .
Hours after the confrontation, Kohli posted a cryptic message on his Instagram.
“Everything we hear is opinion, not fact. Everything we see is perspective, not the truth,” her post read.
Since then, the confrontation has paved the way for memes, with various taunts against cricketers.
One tweet, of a Bollywood movie clip, revealed frustration stemming from the lack of audio of the altercation.
Some tweets took aim at Gambhir and his current role as a national-level lawmaker for the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party.
“Sources say that Delhi voter Virat Kohli asked Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir to show his face in his constituency and work for the voters. This did not go well with Gambhir,” wrote one user.
Other users found and retweeted an old 2013 tweet from the late Australian cricketer Shane Warne.
Another attack mocked Gambhir and pointed to different incidents when other cricketers looked down on him.
Another attack was directed at Kohli, revealing the lost camaraderie between the former teammates by sharing the moment Gambhir had passed his Man of the Match award to Kohli after a match in 2009, when they were both playing for the Indian cricket team. .
Gambhir had scored 150 runs unbeaten, while Kohli had recorded his first ODI century. Both together had put together a 224-run partnership, which helped India chase 316 runs for a 7-wicket win against Sri Lanka.
Gambhir had retired from all forms of cricket in 2018. Both Kohli and Gambhir served in the past as captains of the Indian cricket team.