Cricket enthusiasts witnessed a rare and candid moment as Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer, clarified his relationship with Virat Kohli during a live TV appearance. With a brief declaration – “I only fight on the field,” Gambhir appeared to dispel any lingering speculations about off-field dynamics. In this article, we explore this refreshing perspective, shedding light on the camaraderie between these cricketing stalwarts beyond the boundary lines.
From On-Field Clash to Off-Field Reconciliation
In a heartwarming turn of events, former India opener Gautam Gambhir has reconciled with Team India star Virat Kohli. This reconciliation comes in response to a question about Kohli’s achievement of his 50th ODI century. The former India batter and Kohli had engaged in a heated on-field argument during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, where Gambhir served as the mentor of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The clash resulted in their separation by teammates and subsequent fines imposed by the IPL.
Rumors of discord between Gambhir and Kohli have circulated since their on-field altercation. The former India batter has frequently criticized Kohli regarding his form and batting in various instances. However, when questioned about Kohli’s 50th ton during a show on Star Sports, Gambhir clarified the air on their relationship.
Gambhir ‘s On-Point Recall
During a rapid-fire round on the show, the question posed to Gambhir was, “Against which bowler did Virat Kohli score his 50th ODI hundred?” Gambhir responded swiftly and confidently, identifying New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson. His quick and accurate reply left host Jatin Sapru and fellow expert Piyush Chawla impressed. Gambhir voiced contentment with his memory and stressed that he limits his conflicts with Kohli to the field.
After correctly responding to the question on the show, Gambhir remarked, “Ye aap bar bar dikhana ki mujhe sab kuch yaad rehta hai, ladai meri sirf on the field hai (Please show this clip again and again, my fight with him is limited to just the field).”
Gautam Gambhir cheekily tells rivalry with Virat is on the field only, not off the field. Here he answers a tough question on one of the most memorable moments of Kohli.pic.twitter.com/afDoFGPQ0O
— Knight Vibe (@KKRiderx) December 22, 2023
Kohli’s Milestone Moment
Kohli achieved his 50th ODI century in Ferguson’s over during the 2023 ODI World Cup semi-final held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai between India and New Zealand. Surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record for the most ODI tons, Kohli accomplished his 50th century, with the Master Blaster observing from the stands. Later, Kohli paid tribute to Sachin by bowing down in front of him after breaking the record.
After taking a break from the white-ball leg of India’s ongoing tour of South Africa, Kohli is poised to return in the upcoming two-match Test series starting on Tuesday, December 26. He is anticipated to rejoin the playing XI as India takes on South Africa in the first Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on December 26.
In the world of cricket, respect prevails! Gambhir’s swift response on Kohli’s century and their on-field camaraderie exemplify the spirit of the game. As Kohli gears up for the Test series, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the on-field action and applaud the sportsmanship that transcends the boundary. Cheers to the gentlemen’s game and the camaraderie that keeps fans hooked!