In an ANI podcast, Gautam Gambhir reiterated his defense of Naveen during the IPL 2023 spat with Virat Kohli, emphasizing his belief as a mentor to shield his players.

The IPL 2023 clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants witnessed a heated exchange between Virat Kohli, Naveen-ul-Haq, and Amit Mishra. Post-match, tensions escalated when Kohli and Naveen had a confrontation during handshakes, followed by Kyle Mayers engaging with Kohli.

This led to a stern exchange between Gambhir and Kohli, causing a commotion as players intervened. Subsequently, the BCCI imposed substantial fines on Kohli, Gambhir, and Naveen due to the incident, marking one of the most intense on-field altercations during the year’s IPL.

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Despite Kohli and Naveen reconciling during the recent World Cup, Gambhir remains upset over the incident. In an ANI podcast, Gambhir asserted his role as a mentor, emphasizing his duty to defend players, and expressing his belief that no one should intimidate or disrespect them on or off the field.

“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. Once the game was over, if someone still gets into a heated argument with my players, I’ve got all right to defend them,” Gambhir stated.

Gambhir’s history of on-field altercations is well-documented, notably engaging in verbal clashes with Kohli in 2013 and 2016 while captaining Kolkata Knight Riders. Recently, during the Legends League Cricket 2023 Eliminator, a dispute arose with S Sreesanth, who accused Gambhir of labeling him a ‘fixer.’ Sreesanth publicized the incident on Instagram, leading to LLC management’s investigation.

READ MORE | LLC 2023 Drama: Sreesanth Accuses Gautam Gambhir of Persistent ‘Fixer’ Taunts

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Last Updated on December 9, 2023

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