The Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) has taken a strict action against Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and Naveen-ul-Haq for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during the Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore match at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Monday.
Kohli and Gambhir have been fined 100% of their match fees after they were found guilty of a Level 2 offence while Naveen-ul-Haq lost 50% of his match fees for his Level 1 offence. Gambhir, Kohli and Naveen admitted to their respective offences and accepted the sanctions.
Kohli was charged up and extra animated throughout LSG’s chase. It appeared to be a direct response to LSG’s mentor Gambhir’s over-the-top celebrations after they beat RCB in the first leg earlier in the season. The RCB stalwart was seen screaming, fist-pumping and even putting a finger on his lips and then asking the crowd not to keep quiet. It was a reply to Gambhir’s ‘shushing’ gesture after the last-ball thriller in Bangalore.
Things, however, started to get heated in the latter half of the LSG chase. In the 17th over, Kohli had heated exchanges with LSG cricketers Amit Mishra and Naveen-ul-Haq, which continued well after the match was finished.