Ravichandran Ashwin has confirmed that a heated moment between Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli and Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting had indeed taken place when both the teams locked horns in the just-concluded IPL 2020.
The incident had taken place during the teams’ second meeting on November 2. Delhi Capitals, who had won the first meeting by 59 runs, thrashed RCB by 6 wickets in the second clash. Kohli and Ponting took shots at each other after the former was having a discussion with the umpires.
During the strategic timeout, the RCB skipper was having a discussion with on-field umpires when Ponting seemed to have said something before the two engaged in a verbal fight. Ravichandran Ashwin explained the reason behind the fight as he stated Ponting ‘won’t leave any fight’. The spin ace revealed that Kohli was not happy with him leaving the field after bowling his over.
“I had a back problem when I ran. It was a terrible pain. They took MRI scans and it was traced to a nerve pull to back. I went off after bowling. And you know Ricky, he won’t leave any fight. And when RCB questioned, he said we aren’t like that etc. Heat of moment,” Ravichandran Ashwin said in the video posted on his YouTube channel.
In the same game, Ravichandran Ashwin had also dismissed Kohli for the very first time in IPL. On the big wicket, Ashwin said,
“I have always loved bowling to Virat. He would never take chances against me. Would not give his wicket; it was a matter of pride for him. MS Dhoni also, is like that. In Pune, 2016, I set him up with a ball outside off and it went really high and just as I was thinking, “Aaha, Kohli wicket,” Ankit Sharma let the ball slip through his hands at extra cover! Ai! What have you done!”
“From then on, people would keep saying Ashwin hasn’t taken a wicket of Kohli… and so when I finally took his wicket now, it was a happy and a pleasing moment; a personal justification of sorts,” he added.
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