Rahul Dravid Compares Rohit’s Decision to Ashwin’s IPL Move

India-Afghanistan T20I as Rohit Sharma stuns the cricket world by retiring and returning in a historic double super over.

In the dramatic third T20I between India and Afghanistan, a defining moment occurred when Captain Rohit Sharma astonishingly retired out in the first super over, only to walk out and bat again in the second super over.

According to Clause 22 of Appendix F in the playing conditions for Men’s T20Is by the International Cricket Council (ICC), a batsman dismissed in any previous super over should be ineligible for any subsequent super over. The question arises whether Rohit retired out or was retired hurt during this crucial phase.

In the first superover, Rohit showcased his prowess by hitting two sixes. However, he surprisingly came to the dugout, allowing Rinku Singh to take charge of the running on the last ball. Initial assessments suggested India aimed to have a quicker runner between the wickets. Later, Rohit reappeared to bat in the second super over, making 11 runs before being run out.

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After the match, India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, likened Rohit retiring himself to Ravichandran Ashwin’s retirement in an IPL match in 2022, describing it as “Ash-level thinking.”

ICC playing conditions for men’s T20Is state in Clause 25.4.2 that if a batsman retires due to illness, injury, or any other unavoidable cause, the batsman is entitled to resume his innings. Clause 25.4.3 mentions that if a batsman retires for any other reason, the innings may be resumed only with the opposing captain’s consent.

In the post-match press conference, Afghanistan’s head coach, Jonathan Trott, expressed confusion about Rohit’s mode of dismissal in record books, highlighting the lack of clarity. Trott also mentioned Afghanistan’s desire for Azmatullah Omarzai, who bowled the first super over, to bowl in the second. However, the playing conditions state that any bowler who bowled in the previous super over is ineligible for the subsequent one, leading Afghanistan to give the ball to Fareed Ahmad.

Trott emphasized the need for better communication and clarification of such situations, ensuring that rules are explained and documented for future reference. Despite the controversy, Trott emphasized the quality of the game and urged for the focus to remain on the overall performance rather than isolated incidents.

IANS