On Monday, May 1, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Lucknow Super Giants in an incredible comeback victory while defending a 127-run mark. The KL Rahul-led squad was knocked out for only 108 runs in a low-scoring match. While only six sixes were hit in each of the two innings at Lucknow's Ekana Stadium, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, and Naveen-ul-Haq got into a physical altercation.
The youthful pacer's tactics during the game incensed the former RCB captain, and both sportsmen engaged in an acrimonious argument afterwards. As attention shifted to the Kohli-Gambhir argument, LSG's Global Mentor Gautam Gambhir also joined the debate. In order to prevent further altercation, players from both teams had to step in and separate the former IPL leaders.
As things calmed down, Rahul and Kohli were seen discussing what transpired after the game. However, Naveen elicited another response from Kolhi by avoiding introducing himself to both batters, which also attracted Rahul's attention.
Fans of cricket are well aware of Kohli and Gambhir's aggressive on-field behaviour, so let's concentrate on Naveen-ul-Haq.
Right-arm bowler Naveen, 22, made his debut for his country against Bangladesh in an ODI in 2016 and in a T20I in 2018. He immediately became a top bowler for Afghanistan in both white-ball squads, and after 34 international matches, he has already taken 48 wickets. He has been a consistent performer in different T20 franchise competitions over the last few years and has recently been establishing himself in international cricket with some noteworthy performances.
The Afghan pacer was signed by Lucknow Super Giants for his basic salary of INR 50 lakh. He missed the first few games because Mark Wood was playing abroad. On April 19, Naveen played in his first IPL match against the Rajasthan Royals, although he failed to claim any wickets.
But in his last three innings, he has been in incredible form, taking seven wickets, including three against RCB in the most recent match. It would be intriguing to see how he plays in LSG's next home game on May 3 against Chennai Super Kings.