Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has confirmed that there was a heated altercation that took place between head coach Ricky Ponting and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli, when both the teams had collided in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
The tournament came to an end on Tuesday with the final between Mumbai Indians and Delhi. RCB and DC locked horns twice this season and the Shreyas Iyer-led side emerged as winners on both occasions. Though no major controversy had taken place in either of the games, Painting and Kohli had a verbal spat in the second game, which DC won by 6 wickets.
During the strategic timeout, the Virat was having a discussion with on-field umpires when Ponting seemed to have said something before the two engaged in a verbal fight. Fortunately, the matter didn't escalate that much. Ashwin, in his YouTube show after Mumbai Indians won the title, narrated the incident.
“I had a back problem when I ran. It was a terrible pain. They took the MRI scan and it was traced to a nerve pull to the back. I went-off after bowling. And you know Ricky, he won’t leave any fight. And when RCB questioned, he said we are not like that, etc. The heat of the moment” said Ashwin.
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In the match, Ashwin also dismissed Virat for the first time in the IPL. Recalling the moment, Ashwin said that he loves bowling to the India and RCB skipper. “I've always loved bowling to Virat. He would never take chances against me. Would not give his wicket; it was a matter of pride for him. MS Dhoni also, is the same."
"In Pune, 2016, I set him up with a ball outside off and it went really high and just as I was thinking, ‘Aaha, Kohli's wicket’, Ankit Sharma let the ball slip through his hands at extra-cover! Ai! What have you done!” Ashwin added.