‘Virat Kohli Was The Real Culprit, He Intentionally Targeted Me During IPL 2023…’ Naveen Ul Haq’s Big Revelation About His Spat With Kohli

The recently concluded IPL season witnessed a heated controversy between Virat Kohli, the former captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Naveen-ul-Haq, the star bowler of LSG. The incident occurred during the post-match hand-shake when the two players verbally alter. Adding fuel to the fire, LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir intervened in the situation.

As the visuals captured the post-match hand-shake, it became evident that tensions were running high between Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq. The two players were seen engaged in a heated argument, with Gautam Gambhir entering the scene and further escalating the situation. The incident created quite a buzz among cricket enthusiasts, prompting discussions about the underlying causes.

Gautam Gambhir, the mentor of LSG, recently shed light on the controversy, expressing his support for Naveen-ul-Haq. Gambhir revealed that Naveen was right, claiming that Virat initiated the sledging that led to the confrontation. He emphasized that he would continue to support anyone who is correct in such situations, reinforcing his stance.

In a recent development, Naveen-ul-Haq finally broke his silence regarding the incident, providing his side of the story. The star bowler claimed that Virat was the instigator, sledging him and intentionally grappling his hand during the post-match ritual.

“Since I started my career, I never sledge anyone, but if someone tries to mess with me, I do not hold back, irrespective of who is in front of me. Once the match ended, after shaking hands with Kohli, I was going towards other players to shake hands, which is when Virat held my hand, which is why I had to pull his hand.”

“If you look at the video, the match referee was also there, I had maintained my patience, but the fines imposed on us are proof of who started first.”

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Naveen pointed out that the video evidence supports his account of the incident. With the match referee present during the altercation, he claimed to have exercised patience initially. However, the fines imposed on both players serve as evidence of who initiated the confrontation. Naveen received a 50% match fee cut, while Virat faced a more severe penalty of 100% of his match fees, indicating the seriousness of his actions.

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