Rajasthan Royals’ Shimron Hetmyer appreciated Ravichandran Ashwin’s choice to retire out during a quick chat after the first innings, said “ I’ve no idea what happened there and did not expect it, but it was a good decision”.
In the history of the IPL, R Ashwin became the first cricketer to retire.
Ashwin pulled the ball to the covers for a single on the third ball of the 19th over, but he did not stop sprinting and only stopped when he entered the dressing room.
RR made the decision to send Riyan Parag in the middle and retire him. According to IPL regulations, a batter can be retired out during a match, therefore Ashwin’s actions were entirely legal.