On May 1, during a match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli got into a heated fight. This is still the talk of the town. Notably, after the match was over, Kohli and LSG pacer Naveen-ul-Haq got into a verbal fight, but Gambhir stepped in and stopped it. They were seen having a heated argument, and both of them were fined 100% of their match fees.
Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of India, talked about the whole thing and said that players need to know that there are cameras and how they should act on a cricket field. He also told Gambhir and Kohli that they could also get banned if something like this happened again.
Shastri also seemed to support harsh punishments for players who fight on the field, especially if they do it more than once. He also said that fans had asked why the fight was shown live on TV, which made things even more confusing. Shastri, on the other hand, seemed to be in favor of it when he said that it would help the players see where they went wrong and keep their behavior in check because it would be shown live on TV.
Have I said anything bad? Was something wrong with the way I stood? Shastri
Ravi Shastri said that the main reasons were the player’s use of bad language or the way he or she was moving. Also, the previous head coach of the Indian team said that players should be suspended for repeated bad behavior instead of just getting fined.
“On the field, you need a little bit of conflict. The match judge is there to see where the line is drawn. If you get a ticket once or twice, you’ll be fine. Many people have told me that this is IPL. This is being shown live on TV. Why were they showing a fight between two players? Ok, fair point. Since everyone saw it. Now, I’ll tell you what’s good about that,” Shastri said on ESPNcricinfo.
“Now that they’ve seen that, both of them will act differently the next time. Because they will always know that there is a camera on them. Then they’ll do what’s right for the huge number of people watching. Kids, parents, friends. Then you know where the line is. Have I said anything bad? Was something wrong with the way I stood? Was that playing by the rules? Do I look like a bad loser? When you watch that video, all of these things jump out at you, and you learn. “If you don’t learn, you’ll get another fine or be suspended,” the 60-year-old said.
Both RCB and LSG still haven’t made sure they’ll be in the IPL playoffs. To do this, LSG needs to win their next match against KKR, and RCB needs to win their last two matches against SRH and GT.