Bangladesh and Afghanistan locked horns in the third game of ODI World Cup 2023 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. The match saw a dominant performance by the Bangladeshi team, led by captain Shakib Al Hasan, as they secured a comprehensive 6-wicket victory over Afghanistan.
‘Kohli Kohli’ chants to tease Naveen-ul-Haq
However, amidst the intense cricketing action, one incident stood out. Fans inside the stadium directed their attention towards Afghanistan’s pacer, Naveen-ul-Haq, with continuous chants of ‘Kohli, Kohli,’ reminiscent of Indian cricketing superstar Virat Kohli.
A video shared on social media platforms captured the moment when Naveen, fielding on the boundary, became the target of these chants. The video quickly went viral, drawing attention from cricket enthusiasts around the world.
Here is the video:
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A heated altercation in IPL 2023
This isn’t the first time Naveen has been subjected to such taunts. Earlier in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, while representing the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), he faced similar chants from the crowd during matches.
The history of this unusual fan behavior traces back to a heated altercation between the Afghan pacer and Kohli during an IPL 2023 match. Their on-field disagreement led to both players receiving fines from the IPL authorities. The former RCB captain was charged 100% of his match fee, while Naveen was penalized with a 50% reduction in his match payment.
The incident garnered significant attention, both in the cricketing world and on social media platforms. Following the altercation, both Kohli and Naveen shared cryptic posts on their respective social media handles, adding intrigue to their already contentious rivalry.
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Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s all-round show stun Afghanistan
Speaking about the game, Bangladesh packed Afghanistan for a mere 156 after opting to bowl first. Shakib (3/30) and Mahidy Hasan Miraz (3/25) were the standout performers for Bangladesh, each claiming three wickets to dismantle Afghanistan’s batting lineup.
In their pursuit of the target, Bangladesh displayed excellent batting prowess, completing the chase in just 34.4 overs with six wickets to spare. Najmul Hossain Shanto, who remained unbeaten at 59, and Mehidy, who scored 57, delivered exceptional performances to guide Bangladesh to victory.
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