Deserves ‘Oscar’: Sunil Gavaskar’s mega comment on Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir’s viral hug in IPL game

Cricket rivalry aside, the Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2024 match in Bengaluru witnessed a very special moment. In the build-up to the match, two men made headlines: Virat Kohli And Gautam Gambhir. During IPL 2023, Gambhir, then mentor of Lucknow Super Giants, was involved in a heated argument with RCB’s Virat Kohli after the latter altercation with Naveen ul Haq. The image of the two star cricketers’ argument has gone viral.

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir kissed on the field on Friday. Gautam Gambhir walked up to Virat Kohli and shook his hand. They kissed them. The image of the two hugging went viral.

“Fair play award to KKR for this hug between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir”, Ravi Shastri said of the incident.

“Not only a fair play award, but also an Oscar”, Sunil Gavaskar said.

Talking about the match, star batting Virat Kohli’s deft unbeaten fifty formed the basis of Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s competitive 182 for six against Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL match in Bengaluru on Friday. Kohli (83, 59b, 4×4, 4×6) and Cameron Green (33 off 21b) made 65 runs from 42 balls for the second wicket, the main alliance in RCB’s innings, as the home side produced a double-sided effort after being asked to bat first on a track which was on the slower side.

An archetype Dinesh Karthik cameo (20, 8b, 3×6) added gravity to RCB’s total as usual towards the end.

Skipper Faf du Plessis I returned early as the captain of the Royal Challengers attempted to win the leadership title. Harshit Rana finished in the hands of Mitchell Starc inside the circle.

But a period of stability followed as Kohli and Green kept RCB on track with a busy stand that saw them reach 61 for 1 in the Power Play segment.

Kohli dished out drives and lofts over covers, a new addition to his batting, sweeps and slog-sweeps to get his runs back, but the shot of the night was a swat-flick from Starc that sailed in for a six .

In fact, no other plan really sums up Kohli’s batting like the swat-flick – a child of his desire to find new ways to maintain bowlers’ dominance.

A simple snap of the wrists and the power emanating from a strong bottom hand can turn this traditionally soft shot into a malicious running option.

Kohli brought his fifty in 36 balls as the other batters, except Green, generally struggled to find their momentum and timing.

But on the other hand, Green wasn’t really concerned about those technical angles because his bat was all about raw power.

Sunil Narinewho was playing his 500th T20 match, was dealt a hammer blow as Green claimed 15 runs off the spinner’s first over which included a sequence of 4, 4, 6 – a sweep, a slap in front of cover and a hoick on a long period.

However, the fledgling alliance was shattered when Green’s efforts to play a decisive role Andrew Russell Did the ball crash into his stumps as the ball remained a little low.

Glenn Maxwellwho was dropped twice on 11 and 21, en route, a 19-ball 28 couldn’t exploit the largesse of KKR’s defensive players as his luck finally ran out against Narine.

A cut on the West Indian spinner ended in the hands of Rinku Singh at deep point, and Maxwell had to depart after adding 42 runs for the third wicket with Kohli.

Rajat Patidar (3, 4b) appeared to be suffering from a lack of confidence after his struggles in the Test series against England, and the right-hander produced another hugely disappointing knock.

But at one end, Kohli continued even as the KKR bowlers adopted the pace strategy to excellent effect in slowing down proceedings.

With PTI inputs

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