In football terms, R Ashwin explains why he decided to ‘retire out’ against LSG in IPL 2022

R Ashwin had ‘retired out’ in the match between RR and LSG in IPL 2022

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • R Ashwin had voluntarily gotten himself ‘retired out’ in the match between LSG and RR in IPL 2022.
  • The decision by Ashwin and Rajasthan Royals was even criticized by many.
  • Ashwin, breaking silence on the matter, has now explained why he did so.

Odd dismissals and Ravichandran Ashwin always find a way to link with each other in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After bringing a paradigm shift in the T20 league by mankading Jos Buttler in IPL 2019 season, Ashwin got himself voluntarily ‘retired out’ against Lucknow Super Giantsmaking plenty of heads turn.

The decision started off another raging debate in the cricketing spectrum, with many asking if a batter should be allowed to just walk off the field the way Ashwin did. Though the rulebook allows a player to do this, the opinions on the matter are divided.

While many have expressed their views on the incident, Ashwin himself broke silence on the matter saying cricket is more of a team game than one can perceive. The spin-bowling all-rounder even explained through a football analogy why he decided to retire out himself.

“It was an in the moment thing. It’s a team game that we often forget in the euphoria. But then it’s an important aspect of the game we haven’t considered,” Ashwin told Cricbuzz.

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“T20 is more a team game than we all know. It’s almost as much as football. The goal scorers are like your opening batter or wicket-takers. But they are worth it only if your goalkeeper or defenders are ready to do what it does. takes, “Ashwin explained.

Ashwin had played an important knock for Rajasthan Royals, scoring 28 off 23 balls with two sixes and added 68 runs with Shimron Hetmyer for the fifth wicket. However, with the team needing someone to accelerate the scoring rate, Ashwin walked off the pitch, paving the way for Riyan Parag to arrive in the middle.

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As per the rules, a retired batter can only walk out to bat again if a next-to-come player is either ill or injured. But, for that to happen, the opposition team also shouldn’t have an objection.

Law 25.4.3 states: “If a batter retires for any reason other than (injury or illness)… the innings of that batter may be resumed only with the consent of the opposing captain. If for any reason his / her innings is not resumed, that batter is to be recorded as ‘Retired – out’. “

After Ashwin retired out, Parag scored 8 runs of 4 balls as the Royals mustered up 165 runs in total. The 2008 champions won the contest by just 3 runs, with Lucknow Super Giants failing to chase the target in the final over.

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