Ashwin brought his 23-ball knock to an end in 18.2 overs of the Royals innings against Lucknow Super Giants to allow Riyan Parag join the big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer.
Retired OUT .. love it .. @rajasthanroyals #IPL2022
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1649605371000
The left-handed Hetmyer smashed an unbeaten 59 off 36 deliveries including six sixes and Parag also got one hit over the fence in his four-ball stay as Royals finished on 165-6.
Retire-Out. First of many. De-stigmatise it.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 1649605794000
“I had no idea about it (Ashwin’s retirement) – he was also a bit tired,” Hetmyer said of Ashwin’s rare form of departure.
First ever in #IPL history. Retired out, who else but #Ashwin
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1649606640000
“It was a good decision, as the kid (Parag) hit a six for us.”
West Indies’ cricketer-turned-commentator Ian Bishop tweeted: “Ashwin retired out is fascinating T20 tactics. T20 is causing us to rethink the way we conceive the game in the 21st century.”
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) 1649605604000
Batters are allowed to retire at any time of the innings when the ball is dead after informing the umpires, according to cricket rules.
Retired OUT….it was only a matter of time we saw it in the #IPL2022 Makes a lot of sense.
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) 1649605400000
Once retired out, a batter cannot come back to take the crease, unlike retired hurt, where a batter can return to finish off his/her innings.