During an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kings XI Punjab at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, fans got to witness another animated send-off from Virat Kohli.
Chasing 203 to win, KXIP needed 27 runs off the final over. Captain Ravichandran Ashwin came to the crease and smashed Umesh Yadav’s first delivery for a huge six. Ashwin hoped for the same result on the next delivery too but he mistimed his shot and the ball went straight to Kohli, stationed at the long-on boundary. After safely completing the catch, Kohli went on to mock Ashwin’s mankad attempt with gestures while spewing expletives. The RCB skipper appeared miffed at Ashwin, perhaps for his over the top celebrations after dismissing Kohli earlier in the match.
The wild celebration and swear words did not go down well with Ashwin either and the Kings XI skipper threw his gloves to the dugout in disgust while walking back.
Here’s the video:
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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 in concerned, RCB continue to stay afloat as they beat KXIP by 17 runs in Bengaluru.
Sent in to bat, AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 82 off 44 balls took RCB to a formidable 202/4. In reply, Kings XI Punjab finished at 185/7 in their full quota of 20 overs.