Lucknow Super Giants mentor Gautam Gambhir on Thursday shared a tweet proclaiming that they were down but not defeated after their 81-run loss to Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League Eliminator.
“Down but not defeated! Big thanks to the fans for showing immense love. We’ll be back!,” he posted on Twitter.
Gambhir was in the centre of one of the biggest controversies in this edition of the IPL when after a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and LSG, he was caught in a war of words with Virat Kohli.
Down but not defeated!
Big thanks to the fans for showing immense love. We’ll be back! ❤️❤️ #LSGBrigade pic.twitter.com/Cwcts8AinL
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 25, 2023
Kohli and Gambhir were seen exchanging words and had to be separated by the two sets of players, including RCB captain Faf du Plessis and his LSG counterpart KL Rahul.
The incident seemed to have originated following what appeared to be in-game sledging involving Kohli and Lucknow’s Naveen-ul-Haq when the latter came to bat during the chase. Following RCB’s win in an emotionally-charged contest, the two players had to be separated after a conversation during the handshakes took an ugly turn.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Gambhir’s LSG were knocked out of the IPL race by a buoyant Mumbai Indians.
MI take on Gujarat Titans in the Qualifier 2 on Friday in Ahmedabad to decide who will face Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash.
Opting to bat, MI posted 182 for 8 with Cameron Green top-scoring with a 23-ball 41 while Suryakumar Yadav made 33 off 20 balls.
For LSG, Naveen-ul-Haq was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets for 38 runs while Yash Thakur took three wickets.
Chasing the target of 183, LSG were all out for 101 in 16.3 overs.
Marcus Stoinis was LSG’s highest scorer with 40 off 27 balls while none of his batting colleagues made any substantial contribution.
For MI, Akash Madhwal took five wickets for five runs in 3.3 overs to be MI’s best bowler.