IPL 2023: Sunil Gavaskar’s Blunt Advice To Naveen-ul-Haq, After His Celebration Went Viral In The Match Against Mumbai Indians

The IPL 2023 Eliminator match between the Mumbai Indians and the Lucknow Super Giants ended with Mumbai securing an 81-run victory and progressing to the tournament’s next stage.

However, amidst the on-field action, a celebratory gesture by Lucknow’s Afghan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq has stirred up controversy and drawn criticism on social media platforms. After taking the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Cameron Green, Naveen’s unconventional ear-covering celebration has become the subject of intense debate and trolling.

Naveen’s celebration drew comparisons to KL Rahul, the captain of the Lucknow Super Giants and the Indian national team. Rahul has been known to cover his ears in celebration after scoring a century. Ever since the controversial incident involving Naveen and Virat Kohli, where Naveen had a heated exchange with Kohli during a match, fans have been trolling Naveen and his mentor Gautam Gambhir with chants of “Kohli-Kohli” whenever they appear on the field.

Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary cricketer and commentator, disapproved of Naveen’s celebratory gesture during the match. Gavaskar, while commentating, questioned the significance of Naveen closing his ears, stating that it’s essential for players to acknowledge and embrace the applause from the crowd. He highlighted that celebrating achievements should involve acknowledging the audience’s support rather than blocking it out.

Naveen’s celebratory gesture has ignited a heated debate on social media platforms, with fans expressing their opinions and trolling him for imitating KL Rahul‘s celebration and allegedly attempting to provoke Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav. While some fans defended Naveen’s right to celebrate in his way, others criticized him for the lack of sportsmanship and the potential to incite confrontations.

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Naveen-ul-Haq‘s ear-covering celebration in the IPL 2023 Eliminator match against the Mumbai Indians has generated significant controversy and polarized opinions. While the Afghan pacer’s intent behind the celebration remains unclear, it has drawn criticism for resembling KL Rahul’s celebration and potentially instigating conflicts on the field. As the tournament progresses, players should remain mindful of the impact of their actions and strive to maintain the spirit of the game while celebrating their achievements.

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