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Virat Kohli Reflects On Embracing Gautam Gambhir: “People Miss the Masala”
By CricShots - Apr 11, 2024 4:24 pm
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In a heartwarming moment that defied years of on-field rivalry, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir shared a hug during an IPL match in March 2024. However, Kohli has since revealed that the public’s disappointment in the resolution of their drama is palpable. The touching exchange took place during a clash between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Kolkata Knight Riders, where Kohli, representing RCB, and Gambhir, now the mentor of KKR, embraced and exchanged words during a strategic timeout.

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Virat Kohli and Naveen up Haq had a fun chat

This heartwarming moment followed a contentious verbal spat between the two in 2023, after a match between RCB and Lucknow Super Giants. Reflecting on the incident at an Asian Paints event, Virat Kohli remarked on the public reaction to his reconciliation with Gambhir.

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He humorously noted, “People are disappointed with my behavior. I hugged Naveen [ul-Haq], and Gauti bhai also hugged me that day. So they have lost their masala.” This lighthearted comment underscores the shift in dynamics between the two cricketing stalwarts.

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Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir shard a laugh

Virat Kohli’s gesture towards Afghanistan pacer Naveen ul-Haq during the 2023 ODI World Cup set the precedent for his willingness to mend fences. Ul-Haq had previously disclosed that Kohli initiated the conversation to resolve their differences, signalling a mature approach to conflict resolution.

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Despite RCB’s struggles in the IPL season, Virat Kohli’s individual brilliance shines through, with 316 runs under his belt, placing him at the top of the most runs standings. His unbeaten 83 against KKR, although insufficient to secure victory, underscored his batting prowess and served as a highlight of the match.

As RCB gears up to face Mumbai Indians on April 11, all eyes will be on Kohli to see if he can sustain his exceptional form with the bat and lead his team to victory.