Cricket's for men, not boys: Knights' captain Gambhir

Bangalore: "Cricket's for men, not boys... It's played by men... We play hard... We look to win. If we don't, then we don't deserve to be playing..."

Strong words from Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain, when asked to comment on the on-field spat with Virat Kohli, his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) counterpart, on Thursday.

Gambhir and Kohli were on the verge of actually having a go at each other, the provocation probably coming from Gambhir, who may have said something when Kohli got out.

The KKR players were quick to sense big trouble, or else something possibly worse than Harbhajan Singh slapping Sreesanth, in the IPL's inaugural year, would have taken place.

Kohli didn't come for the media conference. However, at the presentation ceremony, he did say: "It's done. What's done on the field is done. Other than that, it was a great game for us."

Indeed, it was, with RCB winning by eight wickets.

Lucky for Gambhir and Kohli that Match Referee David Boon took a lenient view, merely issuing an "official warning and reprimand" for a Level 1 breach of the IPL's Code of Conduct.

Apparently, soon after the match at the Chinnaswamy, Boon (among other things) told the captains: "Come on guys, behave yourselves."

According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, there has been "some tension" between Gambhir and Kohli, both Delhiites, after Kohli was made the India vice-captain for last year's Asia Cup.

That was 13 months ago.

While Kohli has now established himself across formats, Gambhir has to work his way back into the India dressing room.

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