Last night’s clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab witnessed a major drama unfold right in the final over of the thrilling game. On the second ball of the final over when Kings XI needed 21 runs from five balls, Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli caught Ravichandran Ashwin at long on off Umesh Yadav. With 27 runs needed from the final over, Ravichandran Ashwin hit the first ball for a six.
However, on the very next delivery Ashwin hit one straight to Virat Kohli at long-on where the latter jumped his time to perfection to pull off a fine catch. But what followed thereafter left everyone shell-shocked. Kohli was showing his usual self and did not hesitate in giving Ashwin a fiery send-off. The star batsman perhaps took a dig at Ashwin for the Mankad incident too. The camera soon focused towards Ashwin who was seen throwing his gloves in the dugout in anger. It should be remembered that Ashwin had celebrated Kohli’s dismissal earlier in the game in an animated fashion too.
Following the game, Ashwin opened up about the incident while addressing the media. Ashwin said both he and Kohli reacted out of passion. The spinner, however, did not speak much on the issue and just spoke one line, saying:
“I just played with passion, so did he, that’s it. “
Here is the clip showing Ravichandran Ashwin’s interview (Skip to 30s to watch Ashwin’s comment on the incident):
Meanwhile, Kohli said that the six consecutive defeats to start the tournament hurt the Royal Challengers as he expressed his delight over his team’s recent resurgence.
“We won 4 out of the last 5 we have played, it could have been 5 out of 5. We are just looking to enjoy our cricket. Tonight was another example of having fun. The partnership of ABD and Stoinis changed the match for us. At one stage we thought 175 was good but AB and Marcus got us past 200. The way they played was the deciding factor. Our only focus was to play good as a team, we know that we are a good side, losing 6 in a row hurt all of us,” said Kohli.
Put in to bat first, the Royal Challengers had piled up 202 for 4 before restricting Kings XI to 185 for 7.