Rajasthan Royals mentor Shane Warne and commentator Harsha Bhogle were involved in a bitter war of words on Twitter on Sunday while Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab were involved in a run-fest in Sharjah. It all started after Kings XI Punjab finished their innings on a mammoth 223 for 2.
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul came out all guns blazing on the flat deck as they took the Royals to the cleaners. The duo shared a record 183-run stand to power Kings XI to the gigantic total. Agarwal was the destructor-in-chief, slamming 106 off just 50 balls.
It was his first-ever IPL ton. Rahul, on the other hand, looked happy to play the role of the second fiddle as he scored 69 off 54 balls. And soon after Kings XI Punjab’s innings ended, Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter to give his assessment on the same. The veteran commentator praised the batsmen and also stated that the grounds rarely looked this small during the 90s, writing:
“This isn’t just slogging. Quality batting. The ground never seemed so small when we were covering cricket there in the 90s!!”
However, Shane Warne, one of the greatest bowlers the game has ever witness, was not very impressed with Bhogle’s remark and told him that the grounds did look smaller to the players, writing:
“Yes it did to the players mate. You weren’t a bowler out there – hard work !!!”
But Harsha Bhogle was in no mood to back down as he came up with stats to back his claims. In reply, Shane Warne pointed out that the quality of bowlers was better back then and the pitches were different too, writing:
“Stats don’t tell the truth. Better bowlers back then from all countries and completely different pitch ! Anyway, the @rajasthanroyals are still in this ! 210 is a par score”
And Shane Warne’s prediction about the Royals turned out to be right as they went on to chase down the total with three balls remaining. Sanju Samson, Steve Smith and Rahul Tewatia scored fifties to lead the charge for the Royals.