Ravichandran Ashwin is the first batsman in IPL history to be tactically retire. Ravichandran Ashwin became the first batter in IPL history to be tactically retire out during Rajasthan Royals’ match against LSG on Sunday.
On Sunday, during Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) IPL 2022 match against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Ravichandran Ashwin became the first batter in Indian Premier League history to tactically retire out. When Ashwin came to bat at no. 6, he walked off to allow Riyan Parag to join and bat alongside Shimron Hetmyer in the middle. As RR posted 165 for six in 20 overs, setting a target of 166 runs, Parag managed only eight runs off four balls (including a six). Meanwhile, Hetmyer smash an unbeaten 59-run knock off 36 balls, including a four and six maximums.
Former West Indies cricketer Ian Raphael Bishop called the incident “fascinating T20 tactics.”
Ravichandran Ashwin first batsman in IPL history to be tactically retire.
He wrote on Twitter, “Ashwin’s retirement from T20 cricket is fascinating. T20 is forcing us to reconsider how we think about the game in the twenty-first century.”
Following the RR innings, Hetmyer reveal that he was unaware of Ashwin’s retirement strategy and praise it.
“I had no idea about Ashwin’s retirement; he also tired. It was a wise choice, because the kid (Parag) hit a six for us. We’ve got a good chance. The bowlers must keep the ball in good areas; if they do, we will have a fighting chance “, he moreover explained.