Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have read about one of the biggest Indian Premier League (IPL) arguments between Lucknow Super Giants’ Gautam Gambhir and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli.

"I've Come To Play In IPL, Not To Take Abuses": Naveen-Ul-Haq
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Virat Kohli and Naveen-Ul-Haq were seen having a row, during the end of the LSG’s innings. The cold war between the two cricketers continued after the game, as there was visible tension in their post-match handshake.

That’s when Gautam Gambhir intervened and had a heated argument with the former captain.


Reportedly, Naveen-Ul-Haq told a teammate that he is here to play cricket and not to be ill-treated.

“I have come here to play in the IPL, not to take abuse from anyone.”


As a result of the fight, the authorities took strict actions and gave both Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli a 100% fine on their match fees, while Naveen-Ul-Haq received a 50% fine.

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In 2020, he said that he would never keep quiet if someone says something wrong to him, in an interview.

“If someone is saying something to me I won’t back off. I have had it since childhood. It comes naturally to me. I wouldn’t be speaking truthfully if I said from tomorrow I would change it. If I said that I would back off when someone says something to me, I can’t say I wouldn’t do it. It is in my body. It is in my DNA.”


The infamous match took place on May 1, 2023, at Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.