For Naveen, the past rift appeared to have no place beyond the boundary ropes.
He explained, "Crowd will chant for their home cricketers, and that is what they did. It is his (Kohli's) home ground. He is a nice guy, a good player, and we shook hands."
He went on to address the controversy, saying, "It (what happened) was always in the ground, it was nothing outside the ground. People make it big. They need that stuff for their followers. He said (today) 'we are done with that,' and I said, 'Yes, we are done with that.' We shook hands and hugged."
The incident underlines the broader perspective that cricketers like Naveen have regarding the game. The 24-year-old pacer, who has only featured in nine One Day Internationals (ODIs), also discussed his plans to retire from the format following the World Cup.
Naveen expressed, "To be honest, more international bowlers will opt out of ODI cricket because there is not much balance between bat and ball. I wish I would have played more ODI cricket, but it is what it is."
The heartening reconciliation between Naveen and Kohli serves as a reminder of the power of the game to bring individuals together, even after fierce on-field clashes.
As cricket fans, we can only hope that such displays of sportsmanship continue to shine on the global stage.">