IPL 2021: James Neesham Comes In Support Of Eoin Morgan In Latter's Spat With Ravi Ashwin, Explains The Reason Why
IPL 2021: James Neesham Comes In Support Of Eoin Morgan In Latter's Spat With Ravi Ashwin, Explains The Reason Why

New Zealand and Mumbai Indians all-rounder James Neesham took the side of Eoin Morgan over Ravi Ashwin in a recently blown up battle of words between the two stalwarts of the game. The “Spirit of Cricket” has come up in news once again after the confrontation between Delhi Capitals’ Ravi Ashwin and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Eoin Morgan and Tim Southee.

The incident happened during the KKR-DC game on Tuesday in Sharjah. On the last ball of the 19th over of DC’s innings, a throw from Rahul Tripathi deflected off Rishabh Pant’s body and Pant and Ravi Ashwin then quickly ran a single. In the next over, Ashwin got out to Southee.

The KKR seamer said a few words to the departing batsman before the KKR skipper had a go at him. Ravi Ashwin didn’t back down from a verbal spat; as tempers flared up Dinesh Karthik played the peacemaker’s role and parted away his Tamil Nadu teammate from the action.

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Heated Exchange Between Ravichandran Ashwin And Tim Southee, Eoin Morgan During KKR vs DC

James Neesham Takes KKR Skipper Eoin Morgan’s Side:

The Indian off-spinner has received criticism from a section of former cricketers for taking a run off a deflection and then having a go at Morgan, while some have come out in his support.

When asked the same thing on Twitter, James Neesham was clear in whose side he is sticking to – Eoin Morgan’s.

The Kiwi all-rounder also explained that why this incident – taking a run after had deflected off a batter’s body – is different from England taking four extra runs during the 2019 World Cup final when the ball ricocheted off Ben Stokes and landed to the boundary.

Ravi Ashwin slams Eoin Morgan for calling him a ‘disgrace’

On Thursday, Ravi Ashwin himself clarified about the situation. He said that he didn’t know the ball had deflected off Pant. However, he said, he had the right to take the extra run even if he knew that it had deflected off a batter’s body.

IPL 2021: Ravichandran Ashwin Responds To Eoin Morgan For Calling Him Disgrace Over 'Run Controversy'
IPL 2021: Ravichandran Ashwin Responds To Eoin Morgan For Calling Him Disgrace

The off-spinner further revealed that Morgan had called him a “disgrace”. In a series of tweets, Ravi Ashwin further elaborated his interpretation on “Spirit Of Cricket”.

The Delhi Capitals are second on the points table with 16 points. They will meet the Mumbai Indians on Saturday in Sharjah.

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