In a shocking turn of events during Match 43 of IPL 2023, Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, found himself in a heated altercation with Lucknow Super Giants bowler Naveen-ul-Haq. The incident, which became the talk of the town, escalated to the point where Kohli engaged in a heated exchange with Gautam Gambhir during the same game, sports news cricket.
Agha Salman’s Diplomacy on Instagram
Imam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan opener, shed light on the aftermath of the intense face-off, revealing that Agha Salman took to Instagram to send a calming message to Virat Kohli. Imam-ul-Haq shared, “During the IPL, I remember Virat Kohli had a fight with Afghanistan bowler Naveen-ul-Haq. It was an intense fight that continued even after the game, and Gautam Gambhir also joined it. It went viral, and Virat was extremely angry. Following the incident, Salman Agha messaged him on his Instagram, ‘Kohli bachche easy ho ja. Kya ho gaya? (Kohli kid, please calm down, what happened).’”
The fallout from the incident saw both Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir fined 100% of their match fees after being found guilty of a Level 2 offence. On the other hand, Naveen-ul-Haq faced a 50% match fee deduction for his Level 1 offence. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took a stern stance against the verbal duel that marred the IPL encounter.
The tensions between Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq did not end with the IPL clash. The much-anticipated face-off occurred once again during the ODI World Cup 2023 when India faced Afghanistan in New Delhi. The crowd, eager for the drama, passionately chanted ‘Kohli! Kohli!’ as Naveen-ul-Haq took to the crease.
The ODI World Cup 2023 Face-Off
In a surprising twist, Naveen-ul-Haq received a hostile welcome, but both players showed sportsmanship during the match. The Afghan seamer bowled to Kohli in the second innings, and despite their past differences, the two cricketers buried the hatchet by sharing a hug on the field. Naveen-ul-Haq later revealed that Kohli urged him to put an end to the feud, demonstrating a commendable spirit of reconciliation. Naveen even praised Kohli for his exceptional achievements on the cricket pitch.
In the aftermath of the ODI World Cup 2023 clash, Naveen-ul-Haq shared insights into his interaction with Kohli, stating, “Kohli asked me to end the fight, and I praised him for his achievements. We hugged each other and moved on.” The gesture highlighted the maturity of both players, emphasizing that sportsmanship prevailed over past conflicts.
The clash that started in the IPL found closure on the international stage, showcasing the ability of cricketers to put personal differences aside for the spirit of the game.
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