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IPL 2022, RR vs LSG: Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the first batsman to retire tactically in Indian Premier League history | Cricket News


IPL 2022: RR’s R Ashwin in action against LSG Sunday.© BCCI / IPL

Ravichandran Ashwin became the first batsman in Indian Premier League history to retire tactically on Sunday during Rajasthan Royals (RR)’s IPL 2022 match against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Come bat on no. 6 Ashwin walked away to allow Riyan Parag to join and bat with Shimron Hetmyer in the middle. Parag ended up scoring just eight runs off four balls (including a six) as RR 165 scored for six in 20 overs and set a target of 166 runs. Meanwhile, Hetmyer hit an unbeaten run of 59 off 36 balls and hit a four, six maximum.

Former West Indies cricketer Ian Raphael Bishop reacted to the incident, calling it a “fascinating T20 tactic”.

He tweeted: “Ashwin who has retired is fascinating T20 tactics. T20 lets us rethink how we conceive the game in the 21st century.”

After the RR’s innings, Hetmyer revealed that he was not informed about Ashwin’s retirement tactics and believed it.

“I had no idea about it (Ashwin’s retirement) – he was also a little tired. It was a good decision as the kid (Parag) hit a six for us. We have a good chance. “The bowlers have to keep the ball in good areas, if they do, we are in with a chance to fight,” he said.

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