“Virat Kohli Started The Fight” – Naveen-ul-Haq Blames Indian Cricketer For Igniting The Scuffle During IPL 2023

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Naveen-ul-Haq and Virat Kohli were involved in a controversial on-field altercation when Royal Challengers Bangalore took on Lucknow Super Giants in the 43rd game of the tournament on May 1 in the IPL 2023. LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir also got involved.

Following the match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, who have built quite a reputation for their aggression, were engaged in a heated exchange of words. This controversial incident grabbed the attention from the fans.

It is worth noting that LSG’s mentor and the RCB opener were fined 100 percent of their match fees as it led to a breach of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. In addition to this, Naveen-ul-Haq, who was also involved in the incident, was fined 50 percent of his fees.

Naveen recently clarified the series of events that took place during the post-match handshakes, blaming Kohli for initiating the scuffle.

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The youngster from Afghanistan mentioned that he did not have any altercation with anyone during the match. He reacted only when Kohli held his hand after the match when the two teams were shaking hands.

“He shouldn’t have said all those things during the match and after it. I didn’t started the fight. After the match, when we were shaking hands, Virat Kohli started the fight. When you will look at the fines, you will understand, who started the fight,” he told BBC Pashto in an interview.

“I just want to say one thing I generally don’t sledge anyone, and even if I do it I would say it to the batters only when I am bowling because I am a bowler. In that match, I didn’t utter a single word. I didn’t sledged anyone,” Haq continued.

“Players, who were there they know how I dealt with the situation. I never lost my temper, when I was batting or after the match. What I did after the match is can be seen by everyone. I was just shaking hands and then he (Kohli) caught my hand forcefully and I am also human being and I reacted,” the Afghan pacer stated.

After the incident, Naveen-ul-Haq received severe backlash on social media as well as in the stadiums during his matches. The youngster said that he wasn’t concerned about the trollers as he was more focused on letting his game do the talking.

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