During the India vs. Afghanistan match in Delhi, Naveen-ul-Haq surprised cricket fans by initiating a friendly exchange with Virat Kohli, deviating from expectations of a fierce rivalry.

In the ongoing India vs. Afghanistan match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, a heartwarming moment unfolded when Naveen-ul-Haq approached Virat Kohli. The two shared a brief conversation, exchanged fist bumps, and embraced. The crowd’s enthusiasm added to the joyful scene, and it concluded with both players wearing smiles, leaving a memorable moment for cricket fans to cherish.

The rivalry between Kohli and Naveen began during this year’s Indian Premier League, where they engaged in a heated exchange while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants. Naveen, especially when Kohli was struggling with his batting form, took the rivalry to social media.

Fans eagerly anticipated their face-off in Delhi during India’s run chase of 273, expecting another intense battle between the Indian legend and the Afghan pacer. However, what unfolded was quite unexpected. Naveen initiated the gesture after the 27th over, approaching Kohli, who was on 19 runs at the time. They shook hands, and Kohli even gave Naveen a friendly side hug and a pat on the back.

This match marked their first on-field encounter since their previous face-off. Earlier, when Naveen came out to bat for Afghanistan, the Delhi crowd playfully chanted “Kohli, Kohli,” creating a scene that went viral on social media.

Last Updated on October 11, 2023

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