Ashwin First Player To Get Retired Out In IPL

Story Highlights
  • Ravichandran Ashwin became the first player in IPL history to retire out during game against Lucknow Super Giants.
  • He scored 28 runs off 23 balls with a strike rate of 121.73.
  • Social media praise him for making the decision, believing it to be a "fascinating T20 tactic".

Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the first player to retire in the Indian Premier League match against Lucknow Super Giants in Wankhede. The successful tactic used by the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL on Sunday has won praise and could become a regular fixture in 20-over cricket prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year.

The tactic saw Riyan Parag come to the crease with 10 balls remaining to replace Ashwin and he helped the Royals post a winning score of 165/6 from their 20 overs. The law states that retired batters can only resume their innings later in the innings due to injury or illness with consent from the opposing captain. If for any reason his/her innings is not resumed, that batter is to be recorded as ‘Retired out’.”

 During the post-match press conference, Royals coach Kumar Sangakkara praised Ashwin for his role in the victory and the sacrifice he made for his team by retiring his innings in the 19th over. “Ashwin himself was asking from the field as well, and we had discussed it just before that, as to what we would do,” Sangakkara said.

The tactic was also successfully used by the Sydney Sixers during the final of Australia’s Big Bash League earlier this year. On that occasion, the Sixers decided to retire injured batter Jordan Silk with two runs required from the final delivery as Jay Lenton came to the crease to help scramble the winning runs.

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