<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Gambhir-Kohli on-field spat spur of the moment: Mitchell Johnson" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130413004225.jpg" title="Gambhir-Kohli on-field spat spur of the moment: Mitchell Johnson" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Gautam Gambhir (second from left) and Virat Kohli (right) were involved in an on-field altercation after the latter was dismissed © IANS</p> </div> <strong>Mumbai: Apr 13, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Mumbai Indians pacer <a href="/tags/Mitchell-Johnson/post" target="_blank">Mitchell Johnson</a> felt the despicable on-field spat between rival captains, <a href="/tags/Gautam-Gambhir/post" target="_blank">Gautam Gambhir</a> and <a href="/tags/Virat-Kohli/post" target="_blank">Virat Kohli</a>, could have been a spur of the moment incident arising out of healthy competition.<br /> <br /> "I missed that game, but I did hear about it. Everyone is competitive, it doesn't matter if in that instance it was two Indian players [getting involved]. Look, it's healthy competition. You don't plan for those things to happen. It's just something that happens, it's the nature of the game," Johnson said ahead of the home-tie against Pune Warriors at the Wankhede Stadium here.<br /> <br /> "Everyone is out there to win and everyone is fired up.<br /> <br /> Like I said, the situations in games can get on you very quickly because it is a fast game. But during those moments you have got to sit back and try and relax a bit and take your time. I didn't see the incident. Whatever happened, I didn't see it," the left-arm Australian pacer added.<br /> <br /> Kohli and Gambhir, who both play for Delhi in domestic cricket, were involved in an <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/IPL-2013-Gautam-Gambhir-and-Virat-Kohli-involved-in-ugly-on-field-spat/25114" target="_blank">on-field altercation</a> yesterday after the latter was dismissed in the 10th over of the innings.<br /> <br /> As Gambhir and other players walked towards cover region to celebrate the dismissal, Kohli, instead of trudging back to the pavilion walked towards short extra-cover and apparently made a remark.<br /> <br /> Suddenly, Gambhir was seen walking angrily towards his junior India teammate. However, it was another Delhi lad <a href="/tags/Rajat-Bhatia/post" target="_blank">Rajat Bhatia</a>, who got in between them and tried to calm Gambhir down.<br /> <br /> Later, both players were officially warned and reprimanded for breaching the tournament's code of conduct after admitting to Level 1 offence of using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during the match.