Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson has said that Ravichandran Ashwin’s decision to ‘retire out’ — which caught everyone, including some of his team-mates, by surprise — was not something out of the blue, and that it had been under discussion in the side before the start of IPL 2022.

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Whether it had been planned by Ashwin or not, but after pushing Lucknow SuperGiants’ (LSG) Avesh Khan to cover for a single, he kept running after completing the run and stopped only after reaching the dressing room. The fact that Riyan Parag walked out to bat straightaway meant the team was expecting such a move from Ashwin.

Ashwin’s batting partner at that time, Shimron Hetmyer struck Khan for sixes of successive deliveries and Parag too struck a big six before getting out, going for another big one off the penultimate delivery of the match to boost RR’s score to 165 for six.

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