Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Picture Supply: IPL/BCCI)

Ravichandran Ashwin achieved a novel feat on Sunday (April 10) as he turned the primary participant to get tactically retired out within the historical past of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 35-year-old took that call throughout Rajasthan Royal’s three-run win over Lucknow Tremendous Giants on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Ashwin, who was promoted to bat at quantity six, performed a gentle knock of 28 off 23 balls.

With 10 balls left within the innings, the veteran walked off the sector and in walked Riyan Parag, who scored eight off 4 deliveries and supported Shimron Hetmyer on the different finish. The choice was type of fruitful for the Males in Pink as they posted 165/6 of their allotted 20 overs. Notably, Parag was designated to bat forward of Ashwin however with RR being diminished to 67/4, the veteran all-rounder got here in to regular the ship.

We preserve making an attempt various things: Sanju Samson

He ultimately went again within the nineteenth over and welcomed Parag within the center. Explaining the choice after the match, Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson revealed that it was a workforce determination. The wicketkeeper-batter additionally said that it has been a part of their technique even earlier than the beginning of the season.

“We preserve making an attempt various things (on Ashwin’s retired-out). Have been speaking about it earlier than the season. We thought that if some state of affairs happens, we are able to use it. Was a workforce determination,” Samson stated within the post-match presentation. In the meantime, even Hetmyer wasn’t conscious of the technique because the southpaw admitted being in shock within the mid-innings interview.

In the meantime, Samson was a contented man on the finish of the day as RR jumped again to the highest of the workforce standings. He additionally heaped praises on leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who took 4 wickets and put his facet in command.

“Chahal is somebody who might be given the ball anytime from overs 1-20. He’s the best leg-spinner, if I can say, that India’s seen within the current. Thought why not use him extra on the finish when the strain is extra,” said Samson.

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