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Ban on Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir? This is why Sunil Gavaskar thinks imposing hefty fines is not enough


The recent Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) has become a hot topic after players Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli got into an altercation. The incident was captured on video and widely shared on social media, sparking outrage among fans.

In response, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued hefty fines to the players involved. However, cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar questioned whether fines were enough to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Gavaskar expressed concern about the size of the fines and suggested that a player like Kohli is making money 17 crore for RCB over 16 matches, including the semi-finals and finals, may be fined up to 1 crore.

While acknowledging the importance of playing competitively, Gavaskar suggested that the level of aggression seen on the pitch today was a result of matches being televised, which could encourage players to step up their game. to go.

According to an eyewitness, Gautam told Virat Kohli that beating his player was the same as beating his family. Virat then asked Gambhir to take care of his family. Gambhir’s last reply before they were separated was “Toh ab tu mujhe sikhayega…” (So now I have to learn from you…), the insider said.

Gavaskar called for stricter measures to prevent such incidents in the future. According to the legendary cricketer, players who engage in physical altercations should be suspended for a few matches, with both the player and his team suffering the consequences. This, he said, would be a strong deterrent against similar incidents in the future.

Gavaskar stressed that cricket should remain a competitive sport while ensuring that players maintain a certain level of sportsmanship. He recalled that the aggression seen on the field today was not present during his playing days. However, he acknowledged that times have changed and steps must be taken to avoid such altercations.

Joanna Swanson

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