Not long ago, the cricketing fraternity witnessed the conflict between the two stalwarts, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli. Notably, both the Indian cricketers barred themselves from having a handshake in Bengaluru. Moreover, in a rather incredible turnaround of events, Kohli and Ganguly went on to embrace each other which will surely melt the heart of the cricket fans. The moment took place after Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a comfortable 7-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Prior to this development between the two Indian cricket superstars, after the controversial ‘no handshake’ saga erupted, Virat Kohli had unfollowed one of the most successful skippers of Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly from his social media handles. In a tit-for-tat move, ‘Dada’ returned the favor by unfollowing Kohli back. Notably, the conflict between the two emerged when Ganguly was the President of the BCCI and Virat Kohli stepped down from the T20I captaincy.
Here is the video of the incident:
एक्शन का रिएक्शन ऐसा होना चाहिए. यही लीजेंड की पहचान होती है. happy for Sourav Ganguly….#IPL2O23 #SouravGanguly #DelhiCapitals #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/gf8KWsngLY
— Shivam शिवम (@shivamsport) May 6, 2023
Hereafter, Virat Kohli was removed as ODI skipper as well. And eventually, Kohli stepped down from captaincy in Tests post their defeat against South Africa, back in 2022, when India was touring South Africa. While the rift was seemingly opening up in the public domain, several former cricketers offered their take on it. Interestingly enough, one of them was the Australian legend, Shane Watson.
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During a chat won The Grade Cricketer podcast, Shane Watson said, “But there was definitely some fire in Virat’s belly, that’s for sure. For an opposition point of view, that’s the last thing you need as well. Virat, when he’s like that, that’s when he’s at his absolute best. Whatever reason that was, I’m not exactly sure.”
Additionally, Watson had no hesitation in terming the saga as rumor-mongering and nothing beyond. Furthermore, he also iterated that he was not sure about the turn of events between Kohli and Ganguly and he will be better to keep away from those kinds of issues.
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Notably, Virat Kohli has been witnessing phenomenal form in the ongoing IPL 2023. The RCB batter has given some fiery starts to his side as an opener along with skipper, Faf du Plessis. Currently, RCB is placed in the fifth spot with ten points on the IPL points tally. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will now play the Mumbai Indians next in their den at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 9.