WATCH: Delhi crowd erupts with 'Kohli...Kohli...' chants as Naveen-Ul-Haq plays his first international match in India since IPL 2023

Cricket News ODI World Cup 2023: Delhi crowd erupted with 'Kohli...Kohli...' chants as Naveen-Ul-Haq played his first international match in India since IPL 2023.

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India and Afghanistan are facing each other in an ODI for the first time in 4 years. The last time the two sides faced each other in an ODI was also in the ODI World Cup 2023 when they took on each other in England in 2019. Since then, a lot of things have changed. But one thing that remains constant is the passion and the presence of Virat Kohli in the team, which has immensely helped the Indian team. 

But what caught the attention of the fans was a young cricketer from Afghanistan, Naveen-Ul-Haq, who had an ugly faceoff with Virat during the IPL 2023. In the match between Lucknow Supergiant and Royal Challengers Bangalore, a fight erupted during the match between Virat and Naveen. But after the match, Naveen refused to shake hands with Virat.

Since then, the two cricketers have taken indirect jibes at each other on social media. Naveen-Ul-Haq has interestingly not had an opportunity to play a game for Afghanistan since then. But in the ODI World Cup 2023, Naveen played against Bangladesh in the first match and the second match against India. 

Crowd goes wild with 'Virat...Virat...' chants as Naveen-Ul-Haq bats

During the match against India, everyone anticipated the faceoff between Virat and Naveen. As the youngster from Afghanistan came out to bat during the concluding moments of Afghanistan's batting, there were huge chants of 'Kohli..Kohli' from the crowd. The crowd was in unison with the support of the Indian star cricketer. The decibel levels of the stadium went higher, as Naveen batted in the middle. 

Virat Kohli was in the fine leg region in the 49th over of the match. Naveen hit a ball in the region. As Virat collected the ball and threw it to the keeper's end, Rahul failed to dismiss the batter. It irked Virat. later in the 50th over, Virat was stationed in the long-on region. Naveen hit the ball in the exact region. As Virat threw the ball towards the bowler's end, the crowd went wild again. 

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