Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were both fined 100% of their match fee following an ugly post match altercation after the conclusion of the RCB-LSG game.
Afghan bowler Naveen-ul Haq of the Lucknow Super Giants was fined 50% of his match fee, who grabbed Virat Kohli's arm during some heated exchanges before RCB's Glenn Maxwell was able to separate the two. Gambhir, mentor of the Lucknow Super Giants, and RCB batting mainstay Kohli were fined for breaching Article 2. 21 of the IPL code of conduct, which relates to public acts of misconduct, unruly behaviour and inappropriate comments detrimental to the interests of the game.
Both Kohli and Gambhir have indulged in aggressive on-field behaviour in the past. They also have a previous history of public post-IPL match brawling. The two had a showdown, and a heated exchange of obscenities, way back in 2013 following an RCB-KKR game. Gambhir was then KKR captain.
This time, the conversation between LSG opener Kyle Mayers and Kohli appeared to be the catalyst. Gambhir then appeared to break up the conversation by yanking Mayers away. Kohli was agitated following Gambhir's boisterous celebration of LSG's one-run victory during the first leg of this match at the Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru.
Gambhir had earlier pointed at the Chinnaswamy crowd and gestured it to shut up. Kohli repeated the gesture at the Ekana Stadium crowd in Lucknow. Following the incident, cryptic messages were put out from the social-media handles of both Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq.
This is the second time during this IPL that Kohli has got into a controversy for his post-match behaviour. Earlier, his apparent refusal to shake hands with Delhi Capitals mentor Sourav Ganguly during the customary post-game handshakes created a minor furore on social media.