IPL 2018: 5 times things turned ugly in the tournament
As cricketing fans, we cherish the Indian Premier League. The towering sixes, the unbelievable catches and the breath-taking dismissals hold us in rapt attention as we cheer for our favourite teams with all our might.
However, there's a flip side to all the exciting cricketing action that often ends up attracting more attention than the game itself. When such high-octane clashes occur between world-class players, where everybody takes the field to give it their best shot, tempers are bound to flare.
Be it controversial dismissals, on-field scuffles or adoption of unethical means, the IPL has seen it all. Let's take a look at the 5 instances when an IPL game took an unwarranted and ugly turn.
#5 Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir clash
Although Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir have played for the Delhi side in the Ranji Trophy as well as in the Indian team together, their camaraderie took a hit when the two were involved in an ugly verbal spat during IPL 2013.
The incident occurred at the Chinnaswamy Stadium at the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game, after Kohli was dismissed. Kohli allegedly flung a remark at the KKR captain, Gambhir instead of walking off after being dismissed, to which the latter retaliated.
What ensued was a heated argument between the duo and the umpires had to intervene to break up the scuffle. The pair was subsequently reprimanded for breaching the Level 1 of IPL code of conduct.