Virat-Gambhir were embroiled in controversy after an IPL match
Virat Kohli was fined heavily
New Delhi. Apart from the title win of Chennai Super Kings in IPL-2023, if any one thing was discussed the most, it was the dispute between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, the two giants of the cricket world. Where Virat Kohli is an important member of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) while Gauti is the mentor of Lucknow Supergiants (LSG). After a match of the tournament, these two veterans were seen having a heated argument, which made headlines across the world. Regarding the ‘serious’ dispute between Virat-Gautam, now the reaction of Pakistan’s famous cricketer Ahmed Shehzad has come to the fore.
Shahzad, who was once one of the veteran cricketers of the Pakistan team, has held Gautam Gambhir responsible for the matter. This Pakistani cricketer even said that ‘Gouti’ did this because of jealousy.
Batting in favor of Virat in the matter, the 31-year-old Shehzad said, “I think Gambhir did what he did out of jealousy and wanted to create more controversy with Kohli.”
In Nadir Ali’s podcast, he said, ‘It is unfortunate. It seemed that Gautam was trying to do something due to severe irritation. It seemed that he was waiting for something to happen so that he could create a controversy with Virat. Shahzad said that he was pained to see something like this happen on the cricket pitch and he could not understand why Gambhir did this to the biggest player of the Indian team.
The Pakistani cricketer said, ‘I can understand whatever happened inside. Whatever episode happened with Kohli’s Afghanistan player (Naveen-ul-Haq). It is understood that such things happen inside. But it was not understood that the kind of ‘gesture’ Gautam showed against the biggest player of his country, who is the biggest player of today’s time, was not right. Shahzad said, ‘The perception that has gone as a spectator and a player has hurt the feeling. It seemed that they were looking for an opportunity. I have not seen that anyone has misbehaved with Virat so much. It seems that you are not able to digest the respect that Allatala has given to Virat Kohli.
He also said, ‘I am giving my opinion on this issue, I may be wrong too.’ Let me tell you, this dispute started during the ‘handshake’ between Virat and LSG player Naveen-ul-Haq after RCB’s victory in an IPL match. Naveen had said something to Virat which turned into an argument. Later, LSG opener Kyle Mayers was seen walking with Virat. When the dispute between the two was also seen increasing, Gambhir reached there, he took his batter away from there. . Later Virat and Gambhir were also seen fighting with each other.
Played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 59 T20s
Ahmed Shahzad, 31, has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 59 T20 matches for Pakistan. He has 982 runs in Tests at an average of 40.91, 2605 runs in ODIs at an average of 32.56 and 1471 runs in T20s at an average of 25.80. He has scored three centuries in Tests, six in ODIs and one century in T20s.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 23, 2023, 11:09 IST