During the match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 1st in Lucknow, Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq engaged in an irritating argument. Things went out of hand after what happened on the pitch, which ought to have been put to rest right then and there, and Naveen was forced to engage India’s star Kohli in a verbal barrage.
Chants of “Kohli, Kohli” followed Naveen throughout the Lucknow Super Giants vs. Mumbai Indians IPL 2023 Eliminator at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. While LSG was eliminated from the playoffs for the second time since joining the IPL last season, Mumbai’s early progress was delayed by Naveen’s four-wicket haul.
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I think the pitch was offering a bit of help: Naveen-Ul-Haq
In response to the ongoing Kohli-chanting controversy, the right-arm seamer stated he is not negatively impacted by any of these chants but rather that they inspire him to perform well for his side. “I enjoy it. I like that everybody on the ground is chanting his name or any other player’s name. It gives me passion to play well for my team,” Naveen said of the chanting.
“I don’t concentrate on the outside noise. I just focus on my own cricket. It’s not like if the crowd is chanting or anyone is saying something… it doesn’t affect me. As professional sportsmen, you have to take it in your stride. One day you will not do your best for the team and these fans are going to give it to you. On another day, you’ll do a special thing for your team and the same people are going to chant your name,” the 23-year-old asserted.
“You assess the conditions. You see the conditions, what they offer. I think the pitch was offering a bit of help. It wasn’t like we were bowling 3-4 slower ones in an over, but just to keep the batters guessing, you have to vary your pace and vary your line and length. It comes with T20, it’s a fast format, and you have to adjust quickly and be a step ahead of the batter,” Naveen said on his bowling performance against MI.