As Afghanistan’s Naveen-ul-Haq was fielding against Bangladesh, Indian fans passionately chanted ‘Kohli Kohli’ in support of their beloved cricketer Virat Kohli.
During the Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan match in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, the crowd surprised everyone by chanting ‘Kohli, Kohli’ when Afghan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq was fielding near the boundary lines. What makes this chant intriguing is the backstory. Earlier in the Indian Premier League, during a game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Supergiants, Naveen and Kohli had a heated exchange of words on the field.
The tension didn’t end there; Naveen even refused to shake Kohli’s hand after the match. This history of on-field clashes fueled the crowd’s spirited backing of Kohli and injected a dose of drama into the match.
The heated confrontation between the players during the previous IPL season became widely discussed on social media, remaining a hot subject of conversation.
As Naveen-ul-Haq prepares to represent Afghanistan in the World Cup, this tournament marks one of his final appearances in ODI cricket, as he has announced his retirement from this format. His decision aims to extend his career in T20 cricket, where he has been a sought-after player in various franchises worldwide.
In the current match against Bangladesh, Afghanistan’s batting performance was disappointing, setting only a modest target of 156 runs.
Afghanistan seeks to surpass their previous World Cup performance, where they failed to secure a single win.
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Last Updated on October 7, 2023
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