Ashwin controversially ran out Jos Buttler at the non-striker's end as the Englishman wandered out of his crease prior to Ashwin's delivery stride, assuming that the Indian spinner was about to deliver the ball. It was a legal dismissal but one seen by many as going against the "spirit of the game".
"It is there within the rules of the game", he added.
Buttler had to depart after a brilliant 69 off 43 when Ashwin, bowling his fourth over, whipped the bails off before delivering the ball and the England batsman was short of the crease.
"As captain of your side you set the standard of the way the team wants to play and what the team stands for!" It was a view shared by a number of people on social media.
IPL 2018 saw Rajasthan employ a variety of all-rounders including Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham coming good for them. "In time I think Ashwin will regret that".
"That is awful", said the England batsman Sam Billings, who added: "Well the fair play award isn't going to Mohali this year..."
Speaking about the dismissal, Ashwin said in post-match presser, "No real argument on that and it was pretty instinctive". And even after the skipper's dismissal, Buttler kept zooming along.
He looked understandably rusty at the start of his innings, scoring just three runs from the first three balls.
Big-hitting Chris Gayle smashed 79 off 47 deliveries to steer Kings XI to 184 for four, a total they defended by restricting Royals to 170 for 9 in the Twenty20 tournament at Jaipur.