Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo: Twitter)

The withdrawal of Ravichandran Ashwin ‘retired out’ in the slog overs, as per Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson, was decided by the team management after considering the match scenario.

RR was the first side in IPL history to use the retired out’ strategy when he returned to the dugout despite being 28 not out against Lucknow Super Giants in Mumbai on Sunday.

Ravichandran Ashwin, RR, IPL 2022
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image: BCCI

With Shimron Hetmyer (59 not out off 36 balls), Ashwin (28 off 23 balls), and Shimron Hetmyer (58 not out off 36 balls), Ashwin and Hetmyer had a 68-run fifth-wicket stand before the off-spinner retired with just two overs remaining in the session.

RR vs LSG: 'It Was a Team Decision': Sanju Samson On Ravichandran Ashwin's Retired Out Against LSG

“It’s about being a Rajasthan Royals player (Ashwin has retired).” We’re always testing new ideas. It’s something we’ve been talking about since before the season started “After RR beat LSG by three runs in an IPL thriller, Samson stated during the post-match presentation.

“We reasoned that if a crisis arose, we could use it.” It was a collective choice.”

Riyan Parag took over at the crease after Ashwin departed after 18.2 overs.

“I was completely unaware of it” (Ashwin retiring out). He was also a little worn out. It turned out to be a wise option since the kid (Parag) smacked a six for us “After the game, Hetmyer spoke with Star Sports, the official broadcaster. “

Sanju Samson Impressed With Debutant Kuldeep Sen:

Kuldeep Sen made an impression on his IPL debut, taking one for 31 and defending 15 runs in the final over to help RR win.

Samson expressed his confidence in Sen’s abilities after watching him practice the wide yorkers.

 Kuldeep Sen
Kuldeep Sen. Image: Twitter

“It all depends on how he bowls his first three overs.” I get the impression that he’s done well and that he’s ready to go execute his wide yorker that he’s been working on during the offseason (referring to Kuldeep Sen).

Sanju Samson stated, “I saw him in Syed Mushtaq and he was hammering his wide yorkers.”

The RR, led by Sanju Samson, leads atop the points table with three wins in four games. On Thursday (April 14), they will face Gujarat Titans at Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.

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