The Knight Riders captain was seen kicking a chair during his team’s Indian Premier League victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore when the two teams faced off in Bangalore on Monday. Television replays showed Gambhir kicking the chair in the dugout in violent fashion after Suryakumar Yadav hit a boundary.
His Royal Challengers Bangalore counterpart, Virat Kohli was fined INR 24 lakh due to slow over rate. This was the second time, Kohli was punished for failing to ensure his team finished its quota of overs on time. He had paid a penatly of INR 12 lakh the last time.
“Gautam Gambhir from the Kolkata Knight Riders team was fined 15% of his match fee for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday,” an IPL media release stated.”Gambhir admitted the Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.8) of abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match. For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” it further added.
As far as Kohli is concerned, the release stated: “Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain was fined after the team maintained a slow over-rate during last evening’s IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
“Since it was his second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Kohli was fined Rs 24 lakh, while the rest of the team was fined Rs 6 lakh each or 25 percent of their match fee,” the release said.