Lucknow Super Giants’ Afghan Player Naveen-ul-Haq opens about “Kohli, Kohli” chants, said it motivates me
Hearing people chanting “Kohli, Kohli” or any other player’s name fuels my desire to perform well on the pitch for my team.
Naveen-ul-Haq is no stranger for Controversies
When it comes to conflict, Naveen-ul-Haq is no stranger. Before his recent dispute with Virat Kohli during a turbulent LSG-RCB game, the Afghan medium pacer had previously had clashes with Mohammad Amir and Shahid Afridi.
Kohli- Naveen clash
The verbal volleys led to Kohli’s contentious match with Gautam Gambhir, and ever since Naveen has had to deal with furious fans at every IPL location.
Naveen is continually agitated by the chants of “Kohli, Kohli,” but he is unbothered by them.
Fuels my desire to perform well: Naveen
“I like it. I enjoy hearing everyone in the stadium chant Virat Kohli’s name or the name of any other player. It fuels my desire to perform well on the pitch for my team,” Naveen said on Wednesday.
Naveen supported Gambhir’s actions
Many people thought the Kohli-Gambhir fight was ugly and criticized them for not setting a good example for young, impressionable viewers, but Naveen supported his team mentor’s actions and said he would support a teammate in a similar circumstance.
Everyone should support their athletes, a player, a coach, or anyone else. The 23-year-old seamer made it crystal clear that he would stand up for every teammate on the pitch, and that he expected the same in return from every person.
Naveen praised Gambhir
Naveen continued to extol Gambhir’s virtues both on and off the pitch.
“He (Gambhir) is revered greatly in India and is regarded as a legend. He has contributed greatly to Indian cricket. I greatly respect him as a mentor, a coach, and a legendary figure in cricket. I have learned a great deal from him about how I should play cricket on and off the pitch,” he said.
It’s an integral part of the game: Naveen
“Well, I don’t focus on the outside noise or anything else. I only concentrate on my cricket. It makes no difference to me what people are saying or what the crowd is chanting. You have to accept this as normal as a professional athlete,” he continued.
Naveen emphasized the dynamic nature of sport and related emotions and felt that it is best to maintain your distance from them.
“One day you won’t give your all for the team, and the supporters will let you know it. You’ll do something special for your team on another day, at which point the same people will chant your name. In essence, it’s an integral part of the game,” he said.