Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian batsman known for his assertive demeanor, recently addressed a verbal exchange involving himself, Virat Kohli, and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) pacer Naveen Ul Haq during the IPL 2023 clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and LSG.
Renowned not only for his aggressive batting but also for his candid responses to critics, Gambhir shared insights into the altercation in a podcast.
Gambhir, who was the mentor of LSG at that time, emphasized his stance during the podcast, stating,
“As a mentor, no one can come and walk over my players. I have a very different belief. Till the time the game was on, I had no right to interfere, but once the game was over, if someone still gets into a heated argument with my players, I have all the right to defend them.”
The confrontation unfolded during the match between Virat Kohli and Naveen Ul Haq.
Post-match, Gambhir, as LSG’s mentor, entered the fray, engaging in another round of verbal sparring with Kohli. Despite the heated exchange, Virat and Naveen later resolved their differences during the ICC ODI World Cup.
Naveen disclosed the resolution, stating,
“He told me ‘let’s finish it.’ I said ‘yeah, let’s finish it.’ We laughed about it, we hugged and moved on. He also said that after this, you won’t hear my name. You will only hear support from the crowd.”
Reflecting on the World Cup experience, Naveen highlighted the support Afghanistan received, except for one game against India, where they didn’t feel the same level of backing.
Gambhir’s outspoken nature and refusal to stay silent were once again evident as he provided insights into the incident, showcasing his unwavering commitment to defending his players.