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Ind vs Afg – third T20I – Did Rohit Sharma retire out or retire damage amid Tremendous Over drama?


Did Rohit Sharma retire out or retire damage? That query hung within the air after a dramatic end to the third T20I in Bengaluru, the place it took India two Tremendous Overs to clinch victory towards a spirited Afghanistan aspect.

The bone of rivalry revolved round Rohit, the India captain, batting within the second Tremendous Over after seeming to retire out first time round. In keeping with the ICC’s enjoying situations for Males’s T20Is, “[a]ny batsman dismissed in any earlier Tremendous Over shall be ineligible to bat in any subsequent Tremendous Over.”

The match officers haven’t but clarified whether or not Rohit retired out or retired damage. Within the latter case, the batter is marked “retired not out” and is eligible to bat once more.

Rohit, who scored an unbeaten 121 earlier within the day, hit two sixes and a single off the third, fourth and fifth balls of the primary Tremendous Over in India’s chase of 17. With two runs required off the final ball and Yashasvi Jaiswal about to face, India made a swap on the non-striker’s finish, with Rinku Singh changing Rohit.

If Rohit retired out, it was doubtless a tactical alternative to permit a faster runner to be concerned over the last ball.

Jaiswal picked up an edged single off the final ball, which took the match right into a second Tremendous Over with the scores tied as soon as extra. India, having chased within the first Tremendous Over, batted first now, and Rohit strode out to bat as soon as once more, this time opening alongside Rinku.

Rohit hit a six and a 4 off the primary two balls of the second one-over Eliminator, as India scored 11 for two earlier than Ravi Bishnoi ended Afghanistan’s chase with wickets off his first two balls.

Talking to the broadcasters after the sport, India coach Rahul Dravid appeared to recommend that Rohit had retired himself out, likening the second to R Ashwin retiring out in an IPL sport in 2022 – the primary case of a tactical retirement in that match.

“Taking himself out was Ashwin-level considering,” Dravid mentioned when he was requested about Rohit’s Tremendous-Over swap. “That is Ash-level considering.”

On the post-match press convention, Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott was additionally requested concerning the Rohit incident, and whether or not the match officers had communicated to his crew whether or not he had retired damage or retired out.

“I don’t know,” Trott mentioned. “Has there ever been two Tremendous Overs? That is what I’m making an attempt to say. It is type of like a brand new… we maintain setting these new type of guidelines. What I’m making an attempt to say is we stored testing the foundations, we stored testing the rules.

Trott appeared to recommend there was a scarcity of communication between the officers and the groups, although he addressed Afghanistan’s alternative of bowler for the second Tremendous Over reasonably than the Rohit scenario. Afghanistan wished Azmatullah Omarzai, who had bowled the primary Tremendous Over, to bowl the second too, however needed to give the ball to Fareed Ahmed as an alternative. The enjoying situations state that “[a]ny bowler who bowled within the earlier Tremendous Over shall be ineligible to bowl within the subsequent Tremendous Over.”

“It was not communicated,” Trott mentioned. “We wished Azmat to bowl the second over once more, Fareed bowled an important over. However these type of issues can be defined… as a result of it has occurred, this stuff can be defined and finished in writing sooner or later. If these are the foundations, that is nice. I simply assume we had sport, and I do not assume that ought to be the speaking level.”

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