In what can only be described as a dramatic turn of events, three prominent names in the world of cricket have been penalized for violating the IPL code of conduct. Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, and Naveen-ul-Haq have all been held accountable for their actions during and after the May 1 match between Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Cricketers fined for their behavior in the IPL match
According to the latest reports, Kohli and Gambhir have been fined the full match fee, while Naveen has faced a 50 per cent fine for his role in a heated post-match exchange. The drama, it appears, began during the game itself, with Kohli and Naveen sparring and exchanging words throughout the match. The tension between the two cricketers escalated towards the end of the game, resulting in a heated exchange between the two.
It all began in the 17th over of the innings, when Virat Kohli appeared to be upset with Naveen about something. He was frequently observed interacting with the umpire and Amit Mishra, who was batting at the opposite end. Kohli also had some words for the Afghanistan player who was also locked in a stare-down with the former. While shaking hands, the two players exchanged words, which prompted Gautam Gambhir to intervene.
The incident did not go unnoticed, and the IPL authorities took swift action by penalizing the players involved. Gambhir, who is also the coach of Lucknow Super Giants, has been fined 100% of his match fee for violating the IPL Code of Conduct during the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. Gambhir confessed to the Level 2 infraction under IPL Code of Conduct Article 2.21.
Mumbai Indians to Honor Rohit Sharma on his 10-Year Anniversary as Captain
Mumbai Indians, the reigning champions of the Indian Premier League, have announced plans to honor their captain Rohit Sharma on his 10-year anniversary as the franchise’s leader. The tribute will take place during their upcoming match against Rajasthan Royals on April 30.
Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of the Indian Premier League, having led Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles. He took over as captain from Ricky Ponting in 2013, when Mumbai was struggling. Sharma immediately led the team to victory in his first season as captain and went on to win four more titles in the years that followed.
The Mumbai Indians franchise announced the special tribute for Sharma via their social media channels on Saturday. The game against Rajasthan Royals will be dedicated to the captain, marking his 10-year anniversary as Mumbai’s leader.
“It was tough when we changed our captain,” Rohit had previously shared in an interview with the Indian Premier League website. “It was not easy to come in suddenly to do the job. But I have really enjoyed this role since the moment Ricky stepped down and I was handed the captaincy. I knew the responsibility would fall on my shoulders since I was vice-captain for two years.”
In the current season, Sharma has been working on perfecting the modern opener’s template by attacking straightaway in the powerplay. Although he has been inconsistent with his runs this season, he has stayed true to his aggressive approach. Despite the challenges, Sharma remains a key player for Mumbai Indians, and his leadership and contributions to the team have been celebrated by the franchise and fans alike.
The tribute is a testament to Sharma’s remarkable contribution to Mumbai Indians and his place in the history of the Indian Premier League. The fans and team members alike will undoubtedly be looking forward to celebrating the captain’s milestone anniversary during the upcoming match.
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