Fans were eagerly waiting for the match between India and Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. India, playing their second match of the tournament, are aiming for a win, and fans were equally curious about a possible battle and face-off between Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq, given their IPL controversy . Gautam Gambhir, who was also part of the spat during the IPL game, was on commentary during the incident and he weighed in on the hug and slammed the crowd for the taunts.
When Naveen came to the crease, chants of “Kohli-Kohli” echoed throughout the stadium and the fans welcomed Naveen-ul-Haq of Afghanistan. The heart-touching pictures that came after the match melted the hearts of the fans, it seemed as if both the players were leaving their IPL controversy behind. During this, Virat also hugged Naveen warmly. These pictures quickly went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who was commentating during the match, expressed his views on the players moving forward despite past disagreements in the IPL. He stressed the importance of leaving on-field fights on the field and not taking it off the field.
Gautam Gambhir said on commentary during the match
Gautam Gambhir also had a message for the fans and spectators, “I would also want to tell the crowd and fans that any player in the ground or on social media, shouldn't be trolled or made fun of. You are passionate when you represent your team. It was a huge thing for Naveen to play in IPL for the first time coming from Afghanistan,”
Talking about the match, Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat first. Their captain Shahidi played an important innings by scoring 80 runs. Afghanistan scored a total of 272 runs at the loss of 8 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. Rohit Sharma's record breaking century was the center of attraction for India chasing Afghanistan's target. Rohit Sharma scored 131 runs in just 84 balls and led India to victory in 35 overs with 8 wickets remaining.
Now all eyes are on the next match, where India will face Pakistan on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.