This is how R Ashwin reacted to Virat Kohli's abusive send off
New Delhi : The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday gave an abusive send off to his Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 encounter.
R Ashwin played down Kohli's abusive send off by saying that both of them react out of passion. "I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That's it. As simple as that," Ashwin said at the post-match press conference.
Chasing 203 to win, KXIP needed 27 runs off the final over. Ashwin came to the crease and hit Umesh Yadav's first delivery for a six.
Hitting the second ball with a hope of same result, he was caught on the boundary line by Virat Kohli, who reacted in a rather animated manner.
A clearly miffed Ashwin was also seen throwing his gloves in the dugout.
After the match, when asked about the send-off, Ashwin defended his equal number saying that they both are passionate players.
"I just play with passion and so does he," Ashwin said at the post-match press conference.
As far as the match is concerned, riding on AB de Villiers' unbeaten 82 and Marcus Stoinis' 46, RCB posted 202/4 in their stipulated 20 overs.
In response, Kings XI Punjab finished at 185/7, losing the match by 17 runs.