We're Done With That, Virat Kohli Said: Naveen-ul-Haq Shares His On-Field Conversation With Indian Star
In the ODI World Cup 2023 match between India and Afghanistan, Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq's reunion stole the show at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday, overshadowing the Indian team's eight-wicket victory.
During India's run chase, Kohli and Naveen exchanged a hug and some handshakes to put an end to their IPL altercation. Fans had anticipated that the controversy would worsen before the game began, but as the game's ambassador, Kohli proved them wrong. During his batting, he spoke with the pacer and ended the conversation with a hug and a smile.
Even so, Kohli implored the audience to stop jeering Naveen and instead applaud him. During the 2019 World Cup match against Australia, he extended the same courtesy to Steve Smith.
Following the game, Naveen disclosed exactly what Kohli had said to him as well as how the controversy had been resolved.
"The crowd did exactly that—they chanted for their home cricket team. It is Kohli's native territory. We shook hands, and he's a nice guy and good player," Naveen was quoted by PTI as saying.
"Whatever occurred was always contained within the earth; it never occurred outside of it. People achieve success. They require that information for their supporters. He stated, "We are done with that," and I agreed. That was today. We hugged and shook hands," he continued.
Earlier this year, during the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Supergiants, Kohli and Naveen got into a nasty verbal altercation that resulted in heavy fines for both players—including Gautam Gambhir, the mentor of Lucknow—and his team.
Gambhir also commended Kohli and Naveen for calling it quits on their altercation during their on-field reconciliation.
"You fight not off the pitch, but on it." Each player is entitled to fight for himself, his team, and the opportunity to win. Which nation you are from or how skilled of a player you are are irrelevant. The good news was that Gambhir's commentary during the match indicated that the fight had come to an end when he saw Virat Kohli and Naveen Ul Haq in between the overs.
After the World Cup, the 24-year-old, who has only played nine ODIs, intends to end his career in the format.
"To be honest, more international bowlers will opt out of ODI cricket because there is not much balance between bat and ball," Naveen stated when discussing his retirement plans. Although I wish I could have played more ODI cricket, things are as they are."