The final league match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season saw two centuries being scored — from Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill — on a Super Sunday. Kohli helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to be in a situation where they stood a chance to qualify in the playoffs but Gill helped Gujarat Titans (GT) earn a 6-wicket win, resulting in RCB’s elimination from the tournament.
As the cricket world went ga-ga over Kohli and Gill’s brilliant performances in the match, even former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly shared a few words on Twitter. But, Kohli and RCB fans weren’t entirely happy with Dada. In his tweet, Ganguly lauded the charismatic nature of the IPL that saw two hundreds being score in the final game of the league phase.
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However, while the former BCCI president specifically hailed Gill, there was no mention of Virat Kohli’s name in his tweet. He wrote, “What talent this country produces .. shubman gill .. wow .. two stunning knocks in two halves .. IPL.. .. what standards in the tournament.”
What talent this country produces .. shubman gill .. wow .. two stunning knocks in two halves .. IPL.. .. what standards in the tournament @bcci
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) May 21, 2023
Seeing Gill earn a special mention in the tweet but not Kohli, RCB fans voiced their disappointment.
Dada you forgot to mention shubham's inspiration & idol!
— Chirag Khilare (@ChiragKhilare) May 21, 2023
But king kohli is Supreme 🔥🔥🔥
— Super Trader Lakshya #STL (@Sanju_Lakshya) May 21, 2023
They divided cricket as well
U cud have mentioned Kohli as well. He also played very fantastic.
— Swati Dis'Qualified😍Dixit ಸ್ವಾತಿ (@vibewidyou) May 21, 2023
No words for Kohli’s back to back 100s?
— Prantik (@Pran__07) May 21, 2023
Kohli also scored two back to back 100s Dada. Just saying.
— Sudhanshu (@sud2rock) May 21, 2023
Chatter over the strained relationship between Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli has been taking place for a long time. The saga intensified after the ‘no-handshake’ episode between the two stalwarts of Indian cricket. Though a handshake did take place between them when Delhi Capitals (DC) and RCB met for the second time, some fans do believe all is not well between the two.
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As for the match between RCB and GT, a defeat for Kohli’s side resulted in its elimination from the tournament. Despite having already secured a spot in the playoffs, GT churned out a dominating performance against RCB, who needed to win the match to stay in the tournament. Kohli thought he had done enough with his seventh T20 league ton, but Gill’s second successive century propelled GT to a 6-wicket victory. Virat Kohli was understandably frustrated following RCB’s defeat, and his reaction revealed everything.