'Country doesn't need to know about my relationship with Virat Kohli': Gautam Gambhir refuses to give 'masala'

When Virat Kohli shared a warm embrace with his former teammate Gautam Gambhir, the 'masala' was over for the trolls. Years after being at odds, Kohli and Gambhir exuded bonhomie during the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While Kohli remained the face of Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), Gambhir returned 'home' as mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), ending the franchise's title drought.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru cricketer Virat Kohli and KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir during a training session (PTI)

With Gambhir as mentor, Shreyas Iyer KKR were crowned champions of initial loading for the third time. In the one-sided final, they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to lift the famous trophy in the den of defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK). A run to the IPL title has also made Gambhir a favorite for the role of head coach of the Indian team. The former KKR skipper is expected to replace Rahul Dravid as India's next head coach after the ICC T20 World Cup.

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After the end of a victorious season, Gambhir chose Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma's record opening partnership and Mayank Yadav's fiery spell as his favorite moments of IPL 2024. The former KKR skipper praised RCB for recording six consecutive games. wins to enter the playoff stage of the IPL. The multiple IPL winner also spoke about his bond with RCB icon – Kohli.

“My relationship with Virat Kohli is…”

“The perception is far from reality. My relationship with Virat Kohli is something this country does not need to know about. He has as much right as I do to speak out and help our respective teams win. Our relationship is not about giving in masala to the public,” Gambhir said. Sportskeeda. Gambhir also reserved special praise for Kohli as the KKR mentor praised the former RCB skipper's six-hitting prowess.

“People are very disappointed with my behavior”

Earlier, the RCB opener recalled his headlining act with Gambhir during IPL 2024. “People are very disappointed with my behavior. I hugged Naveen and then the other day , Gauti bhai (Gautam Gambhir) came to hug me Your masala is over so you are booing,” Kohli said at an event organized by Asian Paints. Kohli leads the IPL 2024 batting charts with 741 runs in 15 matches. The former Indian skipper won the prestigious Orange Cap this season. Kohli will next be seen at the T20 World Cup.

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