Afghan cricketer Naveen-ul-Haq has been playing for the Afghanistan cricket team. Naveen was also named as the captain of Afghanistan’s squad for the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in 2017. Naveen-ul-Haq made his T20I debut for Afghanistan against Bangladesh on September 21, 2019. The young player has been exhibiting impressive sportsmanship on the cricket field.
Naveen-ul-Haq earlier made headlines this year during IPL as he reportedly got into a heated argument with a renowned cricketer who made way to several media speculations and more. This was followed by an even messier social media outrage as well. Let us find out all about the Naveen-ul-Haq Controversy.
Naveen-ul-Haq Controversy: Here’s What We Know
The Naveen-ul-Haq Controversy strifes the pot after there was a reported feud between the player and Virat Kohli during the 2023 Indian Premier League encounter that took place between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Lucknow Super Giants.
It was further revealed that as the two players shook hands, there was some ongoing tension between Naveen and Virat that soon made headlines. Naveen-ul-Haq further claimed that it was Virat Kohli who started the fight in the first place.
After the heated exchange during an IPL 2023 match, the Afghanistan cricketer also took a dig at the Indian run machine on his Instagram stories, which further added fuel to the ongoing tensions between the two players. However, the two have not addressed the supposed social media post that eagle-eyed fans couldn’t help but notice.
What Happened Between Naveen-ul-Haq And Virat Kohli?
While the controversial outburst strikes the pot for a while, it seems like the two players have resolved their old issues and have taken a more mature approach. Fans were recently taken by surprise after they witnessed Kohli and Naveen embracing each other during India’s World Cup clash against Afghanistan.
Naveen-ul-Haq further stated how it is only natural that the crowd will chant for their home cricketers, and that is exactly what they did as it is Virat Kohli’s home ground.
Naveen further praised Kohli by calling him a nice guy and a good player and revealed that they also shook hands. Virat Kohli recently showed true sportsmanship and came to Naveen-ul-Haq’s rescue after the crowd started booing during the match between India and Afghanistan.
Gautam Gambhir recently broke silence on the ongoing feud, stating how when one fight on the field and not off the field, all player has the right to fight for their team, to fight for respect, and also to fight to win irrespective of what country one belongs to or how good of a player one is.
The popular cricketer pointed out that the good thing was when they saw Virat Kohli and Naveen Ul Haq in between the overs, and people could see that the fight had finally ended.
Naveen-ul-Haq Breaks Silence About The Controversy
In an early interview with BBC, Naveen did break the silence about the controversial feud with Virat Kohli as he stated how he should not have said all those things during the match and even after it. Naveen further pointed out that he did not start the fight, and it claimed that it was Vital Kohli started the fight when they were shaking.
Naveen continued saying that there were other players who also witnessed how he dealt with the situation and pointed out that he never lost his temper when he was batting or after the match, and what he did after the match was seen by everyone. The player claimed that when Kohli caught his hand forcefully, as a human being, he just reacted.
However, the old feud is over, as Naveen has stated that whatever happened was always in the ground, and there was nothing outside the ground, and it was just rumored to be something big as these people need that stuff for their followers. The Afghan player further stated that they were done with that feud and that they shook hands and hugged.