The ODI World Cup 2023 has showcased thrilling matches and exemplified the spirit of sportsmanship and friendship. A notable incident transpired during the encounter between India and Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on October 11, where Virat Kohli and Naveen-Ul-Haq set a powerful example by shaking hands, symbolizing the end of an old rivalry.

This gesture held particular significance considering the heated and controversial banter that had unfolded between the duo during IPL 2023. The ability of these cricketing stalwarts to transcend past differences and prioritize the essence of the game serves as a reminder of the broader values that underpin the world of cricket.

Heart-to-heart conversation between Naveen and Virat

In a recent interview with his IPL franchise, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Naveen expressed gratitude for the fan support throughout the matches except the one against India. He recounted the special moment with Virat, where the batting maestro encouraged him to finish their old estrangement, assuring that the fans would back him.

“We were supported by fans in all the games except our clash with India. We felt like home, Virat told me to finish it and I said ok. He told me that I won’t hear his name anymore and fans will support me. I will always stand by my teammates. Be it at national level or franchise cricket,” Naveen said.

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Virat’s memorable ODI World Cup 2023 campaign

Virat’s ODI World Cup 2023 performance is nothing short of a saga. The right-handed batter amassed 765 runs in 11 innings with a mind-boggling average of 95.62. The 35-year-old finished the tournament as the highest run-getter.

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