On 24th May 2023, the LSG team competed against the MI in the eliminator match of the IPL 2023 season 16. The teams worked hard to give their best and stay in the league to reach the top. The Afghanistan players have definitely been a strong part of the IPL franchise teams. Rashid Khan is one name that we have heard several times. But the contributions of Naveen-ul-Haq have been extraordinary. The impact of Naveen for LSG in the 16th IPL season is exemplary. He has often driven the team towards victory. In the last match against the MI as well, Naveen took 4 important wickets of the MI team.
Naveen-ul-Haq has proven to be a sensation not only on the field, but also off the field. Some of his social media posts have been daring and provocative as well. He carries a lot of confidence for a 23-year-old player. When he celebrates his victories on the field, he now puts his fingers in his ears and indicates to the crowd that he does not care about their chants of Kohli on the field when RCB is not even playing.
After the spat between Kohli and the LSG players, the crowds tend to chant Kohli Kohli whenever the LSG comes to the field. As a matter of showing no concern, Naveen puts his fingers in his ear to depict that the chanting does not affect him in any way. The heated argument has led to the taunting of Naveen. The same happened at the Chepauk stadium yesterday evening. The young player states that the chanting only gives fans his ambition and passion to play better for the team as a whole.
“I enjoy it. I like everyone on the ground chanting his (Virat Kohli) name or any other player’s name. It gives me the passion to play well for my team,” he said after his brilliant spell of 4/38 against MI, albeit in a losing cause.
He further added that, “Well I don’t concentrate on the outside or the noise from outside or anything else. I just focus on my own cricket and my own process. Crowd chanting or anyone saying something doesn’t affect me.
“As professional sportsmen, you have to take this in your stride. When you don’t do well for your team, fans are going to give it to you. And when you do good for your team, (the) same people are going to chant your name. Basically, this is part and parcel of the game.”