Former India captain and legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar provided an insightful analysis of Naveen-ul-Haq’s new celebration technique following the recent match between Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians. Five-time champions MI defeated LSG in the IPL 2023 Eliminator to eliminate the latter from championship contention.
In the first innings, Naveen-ul-Haq was exceptional with the ball, taking four wickets while conceding 38 runs in four overs. His wicket celebration technique, in which he imitated KL Rahul’s century celebration by covering his ears with his fingers, drew everyone’s attention.
After dismissing Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma in the pivotal IPL 2023 Eliminator match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Naveen-ul-Haq placed his fingers in his ears to indicate that he was obstructing outside commotion. During the Eliminator, Naveen, who had previously raised his shirt collar to display his wickets, adapted the new gesture.
Sunil Gavaskar, who was commentating on the Eliminator game, took notice when Naveen-ul-Haq celebrated Green and Suryakumar’s wickets in a similar manner.
“He has had problems with crowds. You ought to celebrate by throwing your head back. At this moment, he has a wicket. He must pay attention to the acclaim. When someone else scores a hundred, do not throw your ears back. Listen to the acclaim, place your hand over your ears, and ask, “Hello, can I now hear you?” Such should be the celebration’s format. By the way, that’s the old me speaking,” Gavaskar said on air.
Naveen-ul-Haq, who has been a fantastic addition to the Lucknow Super Giants for IPL 2023, has taken 11 wickets in eight games at a respectable 19.9 average. On May 1 in Lucknow, RCB defeated LSG, and during the match, Naveen and Kohli had an altercation on the field.
After the game, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli discussed the on-field altercation, which escalated into a larger dispute between the two teams. After the violent on-field altercation, Gambhir, Kohli, and Naveen were fined the full amount of their match fees.
Notably, Naveen’s Instagram stories during RCB games sparked substantial controversy, and his “sweet mangoes” post following Virat Kohli’s dismissal against the Mumbai Indians infuriated the star batsman’s supporters.