Lucknow Super Giants’ Naveen-ul-Haq, engaged in a verbal fight with Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore during an IPL match. The brawl got intense and continued after the match when players of both teams were exchanging pleasantries. Gautam Gambhir, the LSG mentor, also had a go at Kohli. Naveen was previously engaged in a verbal altercation with Mohammad Amir and Shahid Afridi in 2020 during the Lanka Premier League. All three Kohli, Gambhir, and Naveen were found guilty of breaching the IPL Code of Conduct and were fined accordingly.
Updated May 2, 2023 | 05:01 PM IST
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- Naveen-ul-Haq had an ugly spat with Virat Kohli.
- Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were later engaged in a war of words.
- Naveen had earlier had a tiff with Afridi and Amir.
While things did get a bit out of hands with LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir also having a go at Kohli post match, it all started during the 17th over of the LSG innings when the former RCB captain was seen having an animated discussion with Amit Mishra before exchanging a series of verbal blows with the Afghan pacer.
“My advise to the young player was simple, play the game and don’t indulge in abusive talk. I have friends in Afghanistan team and we have very cordial relations. Respect for teammates and opponents is the basic spirit of the game,” Afridi tweeted after the incident went viral on social media.
Naveen later reacted to Afridi’s tweet and said that it is difficult to stay calm once someone says, “You all are under our feet and will stay there.,” which he reckoned was an insult to the people of Afghanistan. Amir denied saying any such things that would decry Afghanistan and retorted by adding, “He was constantly abusing me, calling me a traitor and saying I should have gone to jail for 5 years”.
“If someone is saying something to me I won’t back off. I have had it since childhood. It comes naturally to me. I wouldn’t be speaking truthfully if I said from tomorrow I would change it. If I said that I would back off when someone says something to me, I can’t say I wouldn’t do it. It is in my body. It is in my DNA,” the Afghan pacer had earlier told the Cricketer magazine in an interview.
Kohli, Gambhir, and Naveen – all three were found guilty of breaching the IPL Code of Conduct. While Kohli and Gambhir were fined 100 percent of their match fees, Naveen was fined 50 percent of his match fees. All three accepted the sanction and admitted to their respective offences.