Kohli and Gambhir bury hatchet

Kohli and Gambhir seem to have found common grounds. Source (Jio)

Finally, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir decided to bury the hatchet, or so it seemed. Respect oozed as Kohli and Gambhir put arms around each other’s shoulder during a strategic time-out, as Royal Challengers Bengaluru played a home IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

As Kohli and Gambhir, who now is KKR mentor, spoke for a brief while, broke into a smile and parted with a thumbs-up gesture. They have a history of on-field altercations and as recently as in 2023, when Gambhir was the Lucknow Super Giants mentor, he was involved in a round of verbal sparring with the RCB superstar.

Last year, after there was a verbal confrontation between Kohli and LSG pacer Naveen Ul Haq, Gambhir got involved and a quarrel broke out. Before that, in 2013, Kohli and Gambhir were involved in a heated on-field exchange that grabbed headlines.

Several times, Gambhir had criticised Kohli, especially when the latter was the RCB captain and his team not winning the IPL was termed as a failure by the former India opener. Kohli responded by chuckling at the suggestion that not winning the IPL was a matter of frustration for him.

This is a new season and the two men from Delhi seem to have decided to move on.

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