NewDelhi: In an electrifying showdown during the World Cup 2023 clash between India and Afghanistan in Delhi on October 11, the longstanding dispute between Virat Kohli and Naveen Ul Haq appeared to have undergone a favorable transformation.
Despite the intense atmosphere between the two competitors, a surprising moment transpired during India’s turn at bat when they were observed exchanging handshakes and embracing one another.
The crowd, resounding with chants of “Kohli… Kohli,” bore witness to Virat’s heartwarming response as he declined to react, wagging his finger at the crowd. This gesture captured the adoration of fans, and the incident’s video and images spread like wildfire across social media.
The controversy between Kohli and Naveen originated during IPL 2023, when their respective squads, Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore, clashed. A disagreement arose during Siraj’s delivery, involving Naveen at the wicket for Lucknow.
The situation ultimately culminated in a handshake between Naveen and Virat, intensifying the controversy. Lucknow’s mentor, Gautam Gambhir, also became entangled, sparking conversations between Virat and Gambhir. The dispute raged on social media, but the recent game appeared to have resolved the tension, bringing delight to fans.
In the World Cup match, Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and elected to bat first. Afghanistan established a target of 272 runs, forfeiting 8 wickets in 50 overs. India’s bowler Jasprit Bumrah shone, capturing 4 wickets for 39 runs in 10 overs, with valuable contributions from vice captain Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, and Shardul Thakur. Captain Rohit Sharma played an exceptional inning, amassing 131 runs in 84 balls, shattering multiple records and spearheading India’s charge.