Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir are considered among the best batters in Indian cricket. The duo played some great innings together, taking Indian cricket to soaring heights. However, both Kohli and Gambhir don’t really get along and the cricket fans have witnessed these several times- during the 2013 2016 and 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL). Both players had fiery exchanges for many times.

In the latest instance, Gambhir couldn’t ignore Kohli’s altercation with LSG player Naveen-ul-Haq and both players indulged in a heated exchange after the LSG vs RCB match in the last edition of IPL.

However, both Kohli and Gambhir once shared a strong bond like all other teammates. Even in 2009, Gambhir gave away his man-of-the-match title to Kohli, after both players led Team India to a massive seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

In the fourth ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka, India faced a daunting task of scoring 316 runs. However, India lost two early wickets on just 23. Despite the setback, the partnership of Kohli and Gambhir proved to be fruitful for India. They stitched together 224 runs for the third wicket, putting India in a commanding position.

Although Kohli was dismissed after scoring 107 runs, Gambhir continued to play exceptionally well and remained unbeaten at 150 runs, leading India to a resounding victory.

Though Gambhir was adjudged man of the match, Gambhir announced to give the award to Kohli. Subsequently, Kohli reluctantly entered the scene and took the award.