Ravichandran Ashwin became the first batter in IPL history to be tactically retired out. It happened during the IPL 2022 match between Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Ashwin was batting on 28 off 23 when he walked off, allowing Riyan Parag to join Shimron Hetmyer in the middle. Hetmyer struck 59 off 36 as RR finished on 165 for 6.
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) April 10, 2022
Retired out is a tactical move. Once retired out, a batter cannot come back unlike retired hurt, where a batter can return to the middle.