The endearing hug between Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq during the India vs. Afghanistan match at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has taken the internet by storm. While many may assume it’s due to their camaraderie, the real story runs deeper.
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Naveen Ul Haq hugging Virat Kohli.
Picture of the day! pic.twitter.com/MkvVEYXroq
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 11, 2023
The background to this memorable moment traces back to an intense argument between Virat and Naveen during the IPL 2023 tournament earlier this year. However, during Wednesday’s match, these cricketers seemingly buried the hatchet, as they embraced, shared laughter, and possibly exchanged a light-hearted joke.
how fast the night changes pic.twitter.com/pNnVlCpPXK
— Shubh (@kadaipaneeeer) October 11, 2023
The crowd added to the moment by chanting “Kohli, Kohli,” in a light-hearted manner, but Virat intervened and asked them to refrain from such chants.
Virat Kohli asking the crowd not to troll Naveen.
– A great human being, Kohli. pic.twitter.com/YFQE1oK2hd
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 11, 2023
Social media users were seemingly expecting a tense situation between the two players at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. To their surprise, the heartwarming moments between Virat and Naveen led to a meme frenzy online.
Girls : she said very mean things to me i won’t talk to her ever.
Boys after having fight on ground : pic.twitter.com/Ryie8BMdMN
— Mask 🎭 (@Mr_LoLwa) October 11, 2023
Boys after using the most disrespectful, derogatory racial slur and abusing each other’s bloodline for the nth time. https://t.co/24UA9zpLc1
— Ankit(Taylor’s version) (@youbelongwimeee) October 11, 2023
Boys after destroying each others life and cussing their whole family tree 😅😅 https://t.co/6qUNL9UZ9a
— Raveesh Raj 🇮🇳👑 (@RaveeshRaj7603) October 11, 2023
— Kiran Patil (@KIRANPATIL8055N) October 12, 2023
— Aᴊᴀʏ_ Kᴏʜʟɪ – 𝟭𝟴 (@Ajay18jay) October 12, 2023
— Titli 🦋 (@happysiingle) October 11, 2023
— Jenica (@Jenica786) October 11, 2023
— Mr. Kirkut 🏏 (@noyan_bey_699) October 11, 2023
While fans were thrilled by the touching display of camaraderie, some social media users humorously expressed that they had anticipated a possible fight between the two players. However, the reality was quite the opposite, as the two athletes shared a moment of pure mutual respect and affection.
Meanwhile, India clinched victory with an impressive eight-wicket win against Afghanistan on October 11.
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