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IPL 2024: Reason behind Gautam Gambhir having heated argument with fourth umpire during RCB match revealed

KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir had a heated tussle with fourth umpire at dugout.

The IPL 2024 has reached the halfway through the league stage phase and the competition has witnessed drama, nail-biters and controversies. Recently, Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Gautam Gambhir made the headlines for a verbal tussle with fourth umpire.

The incident happened during the match between KKR and RCB at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata during the Sunday’s afternoon encounter. The former KKR skipper was spotted having a furious chat with the fourth umpire, which caught the attention of the cricket fraternity.

The entire drama unfolded at the KKR’s dugout, with the team’s head coach Chandrakant Pandit joining the bandwagon to chip in with his opinions as well. At the start of the 18th over during RCB’s run-chase when they required 31 runs to win from the last 2 overs with Dinesh Karthik batting at the crease.

After having a word with the on-field umpire, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer was seen signaling towards his team’s dugout, making a gesture that suggested something the KKR team could not do. As a result, things started getting heated up in the KKR’s dugout.

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Here’s why Gautam Gambhir was furious with the fourth umpire

In fact, Gambhir rushed towards the 4th umpire near the boundary rope and then had a heated argument with him. At first, the commentators were taken aback by the dispute. However, later the picture became clear as KKR had already wished to remove Sunil Narine from the field for the last 2 overs in order to bring in Rahmanullah Gurbaz as a substitute fielder.


KKR’s think-tank is aware of the fact that Narine completed his full quota of 4 overs. As a result, they wanted to have a stronger fielder in place for the crucial stage of the game as RCB was agonizingly close to reaching their challenging target.

Needless to say, the umpire quickly put away KKR’s request, insisting that Narine returned on the field and that Gurbaz went off, which left Gambhir visibly upset. The video clip of the same went viral on social media.

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