In the 2015 edition of the IPL, reports emerged of a scuffle between RCB’s Sarfaraz Khan and KKR’s Robin Uthappa post a game at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. According to reports, the KKR opener allegedly had an altercation with the then 17-year-old RCB recruit from Mumbai and went on to the extent of “holding him by the collar”.
Match referee Javagal Srinath denied receiving any complaint from the Bangalore outfit and said, “Nothing of that sort has happened… I’ve not received any complaint.” A KKR official also rubbished the reports and said: “We’ve not heard anything about it.”
The incident is said to have happened behind the sight screen as RCB’s AB de Villiers and Ashok Dinda rushed to the rescue of their fellow player. Later that night Srinath reportedly summoned Uthappa and KKR CEO Venky Mysore, with de Villiers attended the meeting. Though it was learnt that Uthappa has sought an apology for the incident but Srinath denied having any knowledge of this.
Rallying behind teammate Uthappa on this reported altercation, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir opined that such incidents can happen in the ‘heat of things’. “It is not a major issue. It happens with a lot of people and has happened with him in the heat of things. The media should not blow it out of proportion,” said Gambhir at an event.