IPL 2021: Spat with Eoin Morgan not personal, clarifies Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin was involved in an on-field spat against Eoin Morgan after the latter accused him of violating the spirit. However, the former has clarified that the dispute was not personal.
Veteran Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Aswin was involved in an on-field verbal spat with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Eoin Morgan last week during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 clash. Playing for Delhi Capitals (DC), Ashwin had tried to sneak a run following a deflected overthrow off his non-striking partner and DC skipper Rishabh Pant.
Ashwin alleged that Morgan had called him a disgrace, leading to a spat between the two after Ashwin was dismissed. The latter celebrated after dismissing the former during the chase, while KKR won the clash.
Ashwin further stated that he would have run, as the law says so. However, he has also clarified that their spat was nothing personal, as everyone is entitled to his opinion or version.
"Look, I think it's definitely not a personal battle or one on one battle, and I wouldn't deem it like that at all. People who want attention may be taking it that way, but I am not looking at it that way at all," he said during the post-match press conference after DC's win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Monday.
"I was not the one who was aware that it had hit Rishabh. So, I just felt like they had already decided they were going to have a go, and that is one of the reasons why I said the words that were used were not in the right direction and not in the right space," he added.
Ashwin had claimed that KKR pacer Tim Southee started things by calling him a cheat, while Morgan followed. Eventually, KKR's veteran wicketkeeper and Ashwin's Tamil Nadu teammate Dinesh Karthik played the peacemaker between the two.
"I think we need to understand that culturally everybody is different right, the way people are taught to play cricket in England and in India, the way one thinks is completely different. I wouldn't say that there is anybody that is wrong here. It is just that the way the game was played in 1940s cannot be the same way that you want somebody else to apply it," he concluded.