India star Ravi Ashwin has insisted his recent spat with Eoin Morgan during the Indian Premier League is "definitely not a personal battle".
During a game between Ashwin's Delhi Capitals and Morgan's Kolkata Knight Riders, the pair were involved in a heated on-field exchange.
After the ball was thrown in and ricocheted off Rishabh Pant, Pant and Ashwin snuck an extra run.
This did not sit well with Morgan and bowler Tim Southee, who were involved in an argument with Ashwin once he was dismissed in the following over.
In the Kolkata innings, Ashwin dismissed Morgan for a duck and celebrated animatedly.
After Australia legend Shane Warne labelled Ashwin's actions "disgraceful", the spinner explained his version of events in a series of tweets.
Ashwin claimed Morgan called him "a disgrace" and added: "In Morgan or Southee’s world of cricket they can choose and stick to what they believe is right or wrong but do not have the right to take a moral high ground and use words that are derogatory."
Now, speaking after the Capitals' three-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings on Monday, Ashwin has attempted to play down the spat.
"Look, I think it's definitely not a personal battle or one on one battle and I wouldn't deem it like that at all," he told reporters.
"People who want attention may be taking it that way, but I am not looking at it that way at all.
"I was not the one who was aware that it had hit Rishabh. So I just felt like they had already decided they were going to have a go, and that is one of the reasons why I said the words that were used were not in the right direction and not in the right space.
"I think we need to understand that culturally everybody is different right, the way people are taught to play cricket in England and in India, the way one thinks is completely different.
"I wouldn’t say that there is anybody that is wrong here. It is just that the way the game was played in 1940s, cannot be the same way that you want somebody else to apply it [now]."
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