IPL 2022 is just days away now. This season of non stop cricketing actioner will begin from 26 March. Chennai Super Kings will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening game of IPL 2022. Two new teams have been added from this season. Gujarat Giants and Lucknow Super Giants are the two new teams. Gautam Gambhir is the mentor of the Lucknow team. Indian Premier League (IPL) has offered some entertaining matches, some memorable moments, and classic performances.
However, over the years of IPL has also witnessed some forgettable, or ugly or controversial moments. One of them is the spat between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli during the 2013 edition of the tournament. Lucknow’s mentor opened up about the episode and had his say on the matter in a recent interview.
Gautam Gambhir On the fight
He was speaking to Jatin Sapru on his YouTube show ‘Over and Out’. Gambhir explained that sometimes personal relationships are forgotten in such situations as you are leading a side and that he has no regret about whatever was said during that moment.
“That’s OK, I am absolutely fine with it and I expect him to be like that. I am like that. I like that contest, I like people who are competitive. MS Dhoni is a competitor in his own way, Virat is a competitor in his own way. Sometimes when you are leading the side, you have to do it even if you don’t want to do it because you want your team to play the way you want. As a leader, sometimes you are not thinking about personal relationships with the other guy [but] just because you are leading a team, you have to do it,” he said.
Gambhir then went on to praise Virat Kohli for the impressive transformation he has shown both as an athlete and as a person.
“That’s why there was nothing personal [then] and there never will be personal against Virat Kohli. And I say it again and again that what he’s achieved, I am absolutely not surprised. That’s the kind of player he was when we saw him early but what he’s transformed into, I think from a fitness point of view and the way he’s worked on his skills is tremendous.”
You can check the interview below where Gautam Gambhir talked on multiple topics.
After leading the franchise for seven seasons, Kohli had relinqushed the leadership role at the end of IPL 2021. RCB named Faf du Plessis as their new captain. Virat Kohli though is the biggest player in the team and RCB retained him first. RCB will start thier IPL 2022 campaign against Punjab Kings on March 27. We will get to see the clash between the two newly added teams in the IPL on 28 March. KL Rahul’s Lucknow will have a match against Hardik Pandya led Gujarat which will be their first match of the season.