Delhi Capitals’ star bowler R Ashwin has given a befitting reply to all those who were raising questions about his sportsmanship. Actually, in the 41st match of IPL (IPL 2021), Ashwin and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan clashed on the middle ground. The trouble started when Kolkata fielder Rahul Tripathi threw the throw and the ball went away after hitting Delhi captain Rishabh Pant. Ashwin then tried to steal the second run. Morgan felt that it was not in the spirit of the game and told this to him when Ashwin was dismissed by Tim Southee. Ashwin was also seen saying something in a very aggressive manner and after this Dinesh Karthik ended the controversy. Morgan then took to Twitter to criticize Ashwin and he also got the support of former Australian spinner Shane Warne.
Morgan tweeted after the match, “I can’t believe what I’m seeing. IPL is a terrible example for upcoming kids. I think Ashwin will regret it when the time comes.” Now in this matter, Ashwin gave his side by tweeting sequentially. He wrote in the first tweet, ‘When I saw the fielder throwing, I turned to run and I did not know that the ball had hit Rishabh. Would I run if I saw it? Of course, I will and I am allowed to. Do I spoil what Morgan says? No. It’s not like that.”
Ashwin wrote in the next tweet, “Did I fight? No, I stood up for myself. I did what my parents and teachers taught me. You should also teach your children to stand up for themselves. In the cricket world of Morgan and Saudi, he can consider whatever he wants to be right or wrong, but he has no right to use wrong words while talking about principles. What is even more surprising is that people are discussing it and trying to tell what is right and what is wrong.”
Ashwin further wrote, “Millions of players are associated with this game who play this great game and make their career. Teach them that you can make a career by taking runs on a bad throw that was thrown to get you out. Don’t confuse them by saying that you will be called a good person if you refuse to take runs or give a warning to a non-striker. Because all these people who are calling you good or bad, they have already made their living. Or are they doing what is needed to be successful elsewhere?”
Ravichandran Ashwin wrote in the last tweet that plays with heart and within the rules of the game on the field and shakes hands after the game is over because this is what I understand the spirit of the game.