R Ashwin, skipper of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), had kickstarted a controversy when he Mankaded Rajasthan Royals (RR) batsman Jos Buttler in an IPL match. While many including former cricketers slammed him, there were few who supported him as what he did was within the law. However, taking a wicket like this is considered against the spirit of the game.
Nevertheless, things turned a little ugly when KXIP played against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 24. RCB skipper Virat Kohli is quite passionate and aggressive on the ground and the manner in which he reacted after Ashwin’s catch, everyone felt as if he was taunting Ashwin for mankading. Ashwin also expressed his annoyance by throwing his gloves in the dugout.
Batting first, RCB gave a target of 203 to KXIP; the latter also tried hard but was left with 27 runs to win in the last over. Ashwin hit a sixer on the first ball of Umesh Yadav but on the second ball, he got out as Virat took his catch. It was then that Virat showed a gesture as if he was taking a dig at the spinner.
It seems that both the cricketers have left behind the incident and are busy thinking about their upcoming matches but the official Twitter account of KXIP was not able to forget it and now it has awarded Kohli with “Kuch Bhi Award”.
KXIP tweeted, “Virat Kohli’s gesture after taking our skipper Ashwin’s catch has earned himself a Kuch Bhi Award from us.”
Virat Kohli's gesture after taking our skipper Ashwin's catch has earned himself a Kuch Bhi Award from us. Find out which one: https://t.co/eFDfg3kD2f
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 28, 2019
The official Twitter account of RCB also reacted and responded with “Kuch bhi”.
Kuch bhi https://t.co/60obCYFP0e
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 28, 2019
What is your take on this matter? Let us know.