Kolkata, April 9: Mumbai Indians (MI) paceman R Vinay Kumar broke Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir's bat and Yuvraj Singh joined several other fans to see the lighter side of the incident.
Defending champions KKR won the opening match of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 8) at Eden Gardens on Wednesday night (April 8). They defeated MI by 7 wickets.
Set a target of 169, KKR started the run chase with skipper Gambhir and Robin Uthappa. After Lasith Malinga had bowled the opening over, Gambhir took strike to face the second from Vinay.
Vinay, who was with KKR last season but released and later bought by MI at this year's auction, ran in to deliver his first ball of the tournament. (List of broadcasters)
Gambhir, the batsman, was intent on being aggressive right from the start and charged out of his crease. As the ball met the bat, the willow broke into two pieces. Gambhir was left with holding the bat handle with little more piece of wood.
The left-hander soon came down the pitch and had a conversation with his partner Uthappa. As soon as this happened on the field, Twitter was abuzz. Yuvraj too joined in to make fun.
After he had got out, the giant screen showed the replay of the incident and Gambhir saw the funny side of it. Gambhir had scored a half century with a replacement bat and KKR won by 7 wickets.
Here are some of the reactions from Twitter
Gautam Gambhir is ready for Twitter. He broke his bat, but retained his handle.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 8, 2015
Bat broken 😂😂😂😂#IPL8— manisha✋✋ (@manishavashist) April 8, 2015