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‘Disgraceful’ – Warne tears into Ashwin over IPL ‘extra run’ controversy

'Disgraceful' - Warne Tears Into Ashwin Over IPL 'Extra Run' Controversy
by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

Australian legend Shane Warne made his displeasure with Ravichandran Ashwin known on Twitter after a controversial incident that took place in yesterday’s IPL encounter.

The match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders saw DC’s Ashwin involved in a heated war of words first with KKR bowler Tim Southee, and then with the KKR captain Eoin Morgan, after having been dismissed by the New Zealand pacer. KKR’s wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik ran in and tried to calm down the tensions.

Later when KKR were batting, Ashwin was animated after getting Eoin Morgan for duck. KKR would eventually win the game by three wickets.

The incident which led to these tensions took place during the last ball of the 19th over of the DC innings. Ashwin and Rishabh Pant ran two, after a throw was deflected when it hit Pant’s body.

Now Warne has reacted to the controversy. Responding to a Fox Cricket tweet, which read, “World divided as Ashwin breaks ‘spirit of cricket’ again in feisty IPL match”, the leg-spinner said that the world shouldn’t be divided on this topic.

“The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple – it’s disgraceful & should never happen.” his tweet read

He continued with approval of Eoin Morgan playing the headmaster in this matter, “Why does Ashwin have to be that guy again ? I think @Eoin16 had every right to nail him !!!!”

Warne referring to Ashwin as being “that guy again” is perhaps a reference to R Ashwin being involved in the “mankad” controversy in IPL 2019.

Back then, Warne had tweeted in response to Harsha Bhogle, “Harsha you are missing the point completely & I’m disappointed in you as you always push (for) the spirit of the game – now you condone this behaviour? Ashwin’s actions were simply disgraceful, and I hope the BCCI doesn’t condone this sort of behaviour in the #IPL! #spiritofthegame”

With respect to this particular incident, Twitter was flooded with varying opinions. Some backed Ashwin, while some preferred to look at the lighter side of the event.

Former India batter Virender Sehwag took a dig at Dinesh Karthik’s comment on the incident.

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