The all-rounder adopted a funny-looking stance while facing left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
Ashwin on Sunday became the first batter to get 'retired out' in IPL history.
"Sanju has got an amazing attitude and a good head on his shoulders," said the veteran off-spinner.
Karunaratne's 107 went in vain as the Lankans were bowled out for 208.
Anil Kumble tops the chart with 619 scalps which he claimed in 132 Tests.
The off-spinner was picked up for Rs 5 crore by Royals on the opening day of the IPL mega auction.
Ashwin and Buttler will play for Royals, while Hooda and Krunal were bought by Lucknow Super Giants.
Bedi, Prasanna, Chandra and Venkat were better performers with the ball on pitches outside India than the likes of Ashwin and Harbhajan.
Siraj went off late in the day after pulling up in his delivery stride with a suspected hamstring injury.
The former Indian head coach also mentioned that as a player he would have been motivated to prove his coach wrong and not 'go home crying'.