Ravichandran Ashwin is a player who always loves to do different things in the IPL. He has added one more thing to that list as the Rajasthan Royals decided to retire him out during the match against the Lucknow Super Giants. RR surprisingly sent Ashwin to bat at number six in their IPL match against LSG.
The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder played a decent knock of 28 runs off 23 deliveries. Ashwin smashed two sixes in his IPL innings. However, in the slog overs, RR decided to send Riyan Parag in the middle because he has a better strike rate than Ashwin.
For the first time in a long time, fans saw a player going back to the dressing room as retired out and not retired hurt. Ashwin had an impressive partnership with Shimron Hetmyer for the fifth wicket before he returned to the dressing room.
Hetmyer was the hero for the Rajasthan Royals. The team was 67/4 at one moment but ended with a solid total of 165/6 in 20 overs. Hetmyer scored 59 runs off 36 balls, smashing one four and six sixes. Speaking to host broadcaster after the first innings, Hetmyer said:
“It was a little difficult to start. Their spinners bowled the ball in some really good areas. It wasn’t the easiest pitch to start on – it stayed on the slower side to start off. It was about staying until the end and cashing in later on.”
Fans on Twitter had different reactions to Ravichandran Ashwin being retired-out in IPL 2022 match
As mentioned ahead, Ashwin has grabbed every cricket fan’s attention on Twitter with the Rajasthan Royals deciding to retire him out. Some fans were reminded about the gully cricket rules when they would retire a batter who was not scoring runs or a better option was available.
Here are some of the top Twitter reactions to it:
Ashwin is retired out and Riyan Parag in, great move by Rajasthan.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 10, 2022Advertisement
They're doing all we do in street cricket. Is Baby cut over is in the rules book ? 😅 https://t.co/TQeAyqbCEo
— Arjun⭐⭐ (@arjunts_) April 10, 2022Advertisement
Teams should do this more – the rule has a loophole where you don't need to loose a ball to replace a batter which means you can manipulate a game towards your plans for 'free' https://t.co/JFZlSqLnBy
— Jack Fox (@cricket_pig) April 10, 2022Advertisement
— Rajdeep Das (@rajdeepcric) April 10, 2022Advertisement
— vivekchowdary koleti (@koletiVivek) April 10, 2022Advertisement
Ashwin retired out is fascinating T20 tactics. T20 is causing us to rethink the way we conceive the game of in the 21st century.😊😊
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) April 10, 2022Advertisement
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) April 10, 2022Advertisement
Seismic moment in T20 history: R Ashwin becomes the first batter retired out in the IPL
Had come in at No. 6 to add stability after a collapse. Runs off to give Rajasthan's finisher Riyan Parag 10 balls at the deathAdvertisement
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) April 10, 2022
Ashwin always pushing cricket in the right direction. Only he can have the courage to do this and take the criticism on the chin. You go, Anna!Advertisement
— Manya (@CSKian716) April 10, 2022
Ravi Ashwin retired out!!! It’s finally happened. The future is nowAdvertisement
— Dave (@CricketDave27) April 10, 2022