Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin played down the animated reaction from his Royal Challengers Bangalore counterpart Virat Kohli after taking his catch near the boundary rope, saying both of them react out of passion.
With 27 runs needed from the final over, Ashwin hit the first ball for a six, but on the very next delivery, he hit one straight to Kohli at long-on off Umesh Yadav’s bowling. Kohli celebrated in his typical usual self, giving Ashwin a fiery send-off.
Ashwin, on his part, was also seen throwing his gloves in the dugout in anger.
“I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That’s it. As simple as that,” Ashwin said at the post-match press conference Wednesday night after KXIP lost to RCB by 17 runs.
KXIP skipper said his team failed to come good during crunch situations.
“Whenever we played those crucial moments, we won, and whenever we haven’t, we have lost it, because the games are really really tight for us,” said Ashwin.