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CWC 2023 [WATCH]: Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq resolve differences; exchange handshake during IND vs AFG match in Delhi


In a heartwarming turn of events, the intense rivalry between Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq seems to be a thing of the past. Their newfound camaraderie became apparent during the highly anticipated match between India and Afghanistan in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. This reconciliation marked a significant shift in a relationship that had been fraught with tension.

History of tension: IPL 2023 altercation

Their history can be traced back to an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 game in early May. Kohli, representing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Naveen, playing for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), engaged in a heated altercation during a game in Lucknow. This incident had become one of the most discussed and contentious episodes of the IPL 2023, setting the stage for an ongoing battle between the two players.

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Rivalry resolved: Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq share handshakes and hugs

The day of the World Cup fixture on October 11 was infused with emotion. As Naveen stepped out to bat during Afghanistan’s innings, the Delhi crowd chanted ‘Kohli… Kohli…’ Hours later, when Kohli entered the field at his home ground, the crowd roared with thunderous applause, welcoming the beloved local lad to only his second World Cup appearance in Delhi.

Notably, Afghanistan introduced Naveen into the attack when Kohli embarked on his innings. During a break in the action, the cameras captured a heartening sight with both Kohli and Naveen sharing a warm embrace. This gesture conveyed a powerful message to the world that the two cricketers had moved beyond their past altercations and were now embracing a spirit of sportsmanship and reconciliation.

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Cricketing triumph: India’s victory in the World Cup clash

Speaking of the match, India chased down Afghanistan’s target of 274 with eight wickets in hand. Kohli (55*) provided the finishing touch with a stylish boundary. Meanwhile, captain Rohit Sharma (131) led from the front, achieving a record-breaking century that left fans and cricket enthusiasts in awe.

Here’s the video: 

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