R. Ashwin has cleared the air on an incident that sparked a confrontation between him and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan during an IPL 2021 contest in Sharjah on Tuesday.
During the 19th over of Capitals’ innings, Ashwin called for an extra run after the throw from a fielder hit his batting partner Rishabh Pant. After Ashwin was dismissed in the next over, Morgan gave him a fiery send-off and the two had to be separated by Dinesh Karthik.
1. I turned to run the moment I saw the fielder throw and dint know the ball had hit Rishabh.
2. Will I run if I see it!?
Of course I will and I am allowed to.
3. Am I a disgrace like Morgan said I was?
Of course NOT.
— Mask up and take your vaccine (@ashwinravi99) September 30, 2021
Karthik later clarified that Morgan didn’t think Ashwin had acted in the spirit of the game.
Ashwin, in a series of tweets, defended his actions, saying going for a run after the throw hits the batsman or the bat doesn’t violate the spirit of cricket as he understood it, and that he couldn’t be termed a “disgrace” for his actions.
Knight Riders defeated Capitals by three wickets.