Rajasthan Royals’ brand ambassador, Shane Warne has taken a strong disliking to Ravichandran Ashwin’s mankading act and he is making no bones about it. Warne has been on a ranting spree and is playing the role of moral police on the whole fiasco, which has divided the cricketing community.

“So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain and as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall and agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball – so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to you BCCI – this a not a good look for the #IPL,” he wrote.

“As Captain of your side – you set the standard of the way the team wants to play and what the team stands for! Why do such a disgraceful and low act like that tonight? You must live with yourself and FYI – it’s too late to say sorry Mr Ashwin. You will be remembered for that low act,” he wrote.

“Last point on the embarrassing and disgraceful act of @ashwinravi99! This win at all costs mentality has got to stop and the integrity of the game along with the spirit of the game must be of the most importance, as we need to set examples to the young boys and girls playing cricket!” he said.

“And to all the people (including former players) saying it’s in the laws of the game, but you don’t like what he did and you wouldn’t do it – I ask you this “why wouldn’t you?”! Simple answer – it’s disgraceful and embarrassing plus it’s against the spirit of the game!

“Sorry – one more thing to add. If Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli would it be ok? I’m just very disappointed in Ashwin as I thought he had integrity and class. Kings lost a lot of supporters tonight. Especially young boys and girls! I do hope the BCCI does something,” he said.

Punjab captain, R Ashwin has defended his actions and said, “My actions were within cricket’s rules, can’t be called unsporting.” Jos Buttler was in full flow against Punjab but his wicket turned the game around and in the end, Punjab secured a brilliant win to kick-start their campaign on a high.

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