Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag held Kolkata Knight Riders wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik accountable for the recent controversy between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan.
In a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals, a heated argument took place between Ashwin and Morgan overtaking a second run where the spirit of the game was once again brought to the question.
During the Delhi Capitals innings, Ashwin decided to go for a second run after a throw deflected skipper Rishabh Pant which didn’t go well with the KKR players.
In the final over, Tim Southee dismissed Ashwin as both the players had few words of exchange before Morgan took a go at the off-spinner. Both Ashwin were almost at each other’s throats only for Karthik to intervene to separate the two players.
“Rahul Tripathi threw the ball, it hit Rishabh Pant and then ricocheted. And Ashwin called for it and they started to run. I don’t think Morgan appreciates that. I think he’s somebody who, when the ball hits the batsman or the bat, he expects them not to run in the spirit of cricket,” Karthik had said after the match.
Sehwag blamed Karthik for revealing Morgan’s stance on the matter in public, which sparked a big controversy on social media with experts and fans divided with their opinions on right and wrong.
“I consider Dinesh Karthik the biggest culprit in all this. If he had not talked about what Morgan said, there would have been no such uproar. If he had said, “It was nothing much, just an argument, it happens in the game, move on,” then it would have come out in that sense only. What was the need for an explanation that someone thinks this or that?”
Sehwag feels that some matters should be kept confidential within the team environment rather than spilling the beans in the public domain. Sehwag recalled a similar instance with Ashwin during his IPL days during a match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings).
“Even when I was playing for Punjab, Ashwin dismissed Maxwell, picked up some dust and blew it off [in celebration]. I didn’t like that scene either but I didn’t come out publicly to say that he should not have done that or it was against the spirit of the game, although MS Dhoni was very angry about it and scolded him a lot too,” said Sehwag.
“What happens inside should remain inside. If more things from the inside start coming out, I can guarantee every match will have something like this that will cause an uproar. The spirit of the game also says that players should leave what happens inside the ground as is and move on,” said Sehwag.
Ashwin later opened up about the entire incident on his official Twitter handle and dismissed the claims of being a disgrace to the game.