Virat Kohli has been in the news for quite some time now. Not because of his exceptional batting or fielding performance but because of his aggressive celebrations, sledging and recent heated arguments with LSG players Naveen-ul-Haq, Amit Mishra and their coach Gautam Gambhir in the IPL 2023.
However, ahead of their next game, Virat Kohli wrote to a few BCCI officials to explain that he “didn’t say anything wrong”.
IPL 2023: Controversies took place in the game between LSG and RCB
Kohli also complained to BCCI officials about being docked a 100% match fee, according to a Dainik Jagran report. According to reports, Kohli claimed that he did not engage in any conversation with Naveen-ul-Haq or Gambhir during the fight that would merit such a severe sanction from the BCCI.
Since the heated argument between Kohli and Gambhir violated the IPL Code of Conduct Article 2.21. Which deals with “all types of conduct that bring the game into disrepute”. Both Kohli and Gambhir received fines equal to 100% of their respective match fees.
The fine, which could be up to Rs. 1.25 crore for Kohli, is something that Kohli does not believe his actions merited. He won’t pay the fine because RCB has a policy of not deducting match fees from its players’ salaries for on-field infractions.
According to the report, Naveen-ul-Haq was irritated by RCB pacer Mohammed Siraj’s bouncers and throws at the Afghanistan pacer. In his letter to BCCI officials, Kohli claimed that he didn’t tell Siraj to strike out at Naveen but only to bowl bouncers instead.
The aggressive way that Naveen-ul-Haq rejected Kohli’s handshake and nearly shoved him away after the game did not sit well with the crowd. After the game, Naveen’s aggressive behaviour allegedly caused Kohli to also voice his displeasure. The LSG and Afghanistan pacer received a fine equal to half of his match fees.
According to reports, the LSG opener confronted Kohli for “abusing” him and sending him off. Mayers, in Kohli’s opinion, was “staring” at him. Gambhir intervened at this point and removed Mayers.
In order to prevent things from getting worse, the LSG players split up Gambhir and Kohli. Following that incident, RCB will play Delhi Capitals on Saturday. While LSG played one match against CSK before it was rained out.
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