IPL 2023
Naveen Ul Haq Asked Kolkata Crowd To keep Quiet After Taking A Catch
By CricShots - May 21, 2023 10:48 am
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Given the stature of the Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli in world cricket and with the infamous incident having occurred in India and during the IPL, fans, at least the Indian fans are unlikely to let Naveen Ul Haq forget the incident. Despite the incident being near about three weeks old, Naveen is still being mocked by spectators all around, a glimpse of which was seen at the Eden Gardens on Saturday night where he was brutally mocked with wild “Kohli” chants.

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Naveen ul Haq sushed the Kolkata crowd

It happened in the second over of Kolkata Knight Riders’ chase in Kolkata when LSG skipper Krunal Pandya gave the new ball to Naveen Ul Haq. He started off with a shorter delivery outside the off and KKR batter Jason Roy failed to make a contact, but in the next one, he came down the track to smash the ball through mid-on for a boundary.

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Roy once again attacked Naveen as he smoked the third ball into the sightscreen for an 81-meter maximum and followed it up with another boundary through the backward point. Throughout that entire over, especially that onslaught, the crowd at Eden Gardens broke into wild “Kohli” chants. It was probably louder than what LSG was teased by the Hyderabad crowd earlier last week. 

Here is the video of the incident:

Naveen ul Haq did have a chance to give it back to the Eden Gardens crowd, although not of his bowling. In the 14th over, Yash Thakur got the prized wicket of Rahmanullah Gurbaz when the KKR batter went for an expansive drive and ended up mistiming the slower one high into the sky. Ravi Bishnoi, stationed at the backward point, managed to gather the ball on his third attempt.

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Naveen, who came running in from the sweeper cover to provide some cover, was seen hyped up at Bishnoi’s successful attempt. He then turned back to the crowd and silenced the crowd. Like Gautam Gambhir had shushed the Chinnaswamy crowd after their win against RCB last month, Naveen did a similar, only in response to those “Kohli” chants.

Here is the video of the incident:

Naveen ul Haq also returned with some great deliveries in the 15th and 17th over, conceding only six and five runs respectively, but was smashed for 20 runs by Rinku Singh in his final over.