The verdict is still out on R Ashwin’s decision to retire himself from the Rajasthan Royals’ IPL match against the Lucknow Super Giants at the Wankhede on Sunday (April 10) night. His voluntary retirement in the 19th over provided the Royals’ batting a boost, as next hitter Riyan Parag hammered eight runs off four balls, including a six. Those runs were vital, as RR went on to win by three runs.

When questioned about the time when he decided to give up his wicket, Ashwin informed Cricbuzz, “It was an in the moment thing.” The decision was based on a number of issues addressed between the player and the team’s management, according to Royals coach Kumara Sangakkara. “It was a collaboration between [Ashwin and RR management]. It was the proper time to do it; Ashwin himself had inquired from the field, and we had discussed what we would do shortly before that “After the game, the former Sri Lanka captain stated.

In the IPL, such a manoeuvre has never been witnessed, but it has happened a few times. The action was totally legal, according to the stewards of the game, Marylebone Cricket Club. “It’s merely to make sure everything is legal. The hitter has the right to retire at any moment, according to Law 25.4.1. According to Legislation 25.4.3, if there is no injury or sickness, the hitter is ‘Retired – out,’ and cannot return in that innings without the permission of the opposing captain “According to the law, a spokeswoman for the MCC informed Cricbuzz.

Source: Cricbuzz