There has been significant criticism directed towards Afghanistan’s pacer Naveen-ul-Haq for his role in the spat between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir. Many have blamed him for starting the fight when he reportedly showed his shoe to Kohli before Amit Mishra and the on-field umpire intervened.
Recently, a tweet from former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi has gone viral. During the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), Naveen had a war of words with Mohammad Amir, another former Pakistani cricketer, after a match between the Kandy Tuskers and Galle Gladiators. Following the match, Afridi offered some advice to the young pacer and shared what he told him on Twitter.
“My advice to the young player was simple, play the game and don’t indulge in abusive talk. I have friends in the Afghanistan team and we have very cordial relations. Respect for teammates and opponents are the basic spirit of the game.”
Replying to Afridi’s tweet, Naveen wrote, “Always ready to take advice and give respect, Cricket is a gentleman’s game but if someone says you all are under our feet and will stay their then he is not only talking about me but also talking about my people.”
After the match, there was a tense handshake between Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq which involved some pulling and a slight shove from the Afghan bowler towards Kohli. The situation escalated quickly, with the two players engaging in an intense argument, which was later diffused by Glenn Maxwell.
On May 2nd, Naveen-ul-Haq posted a cryptic message on his Instagram account, which appeared to be aimed at former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli. The message read “You get what you deserve that’s how it should and that’s how it goes.” Interestingly, Kohli had also shared a similar cryptic post on his Instagram status a few hours earlier.
As a consequence of their altercation, Kohli was fined 100% of his match fees by the Indian Premier League, while Naveen-ul-Haq was also docked 50% of his match fees.
Following the match, LSG opening batter Kyle Mayers spoke briefly with Kohli before Gautam Gambhir arrived on the scene and pulled Mayers away from Kohli. Meanwhile, Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq exchanged words once again in the background, which further intensified the situation. Despite the efforts of KL Rahul and other players to calm things down, Gambhir was visibly angry and walked towards Kohli.
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