Former New Zealand cricketer turned commentator Simon Doull spoke about how teams could use the retired-hurt rule while talking about Shubman Gill’s knock against Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2023. Playing at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Gujarat Titans managed to post a massive total of 227 runs on the back of a stunning 94 by Gill in 51 balls with two fours and seven sixes.
After this stellar batting effort, the Titans’ bowling attack put forth another top-notch performance to register a big 56-run win to consolidate their place at the top of the table. But going back to Gill’s knock, the Indian batter seemed to lose some power as he neared the end of the first innings.
Addressing this instance, Simon Doull, while speaking during the Cricbuzz mid-innings show, stated that the teams should be able to retire-hurt a player after he has batted for a long time in tough conditions. Doull said, "Shubman was getting tired. He wasn't able to hit the boundaries as much as he could."
“And it can happen. Listen...it might be controversial, but I am waiting for the day when a bloke gets 75 or 80 off 45 balls and is cooked after the afternoon heat, which is 45 degrees, and hence quite can't get there, so he says, 'Okay Tewatia, you are out there.' Retire him out," he further continued.
After this win, Gujarat Titans have near-confirmed their place in the playoffs as they now have 16 points from 11 games at a net run rate of +0.951. The Titans will next take on Mumbai Indians on May 12 and will hope to seal playoff qualification.
Whereas the Lucknow Super Giants have been on a recent downward trend with two losses and one no result in the last three games. Now Lucknow would aim to win out their remaining fixtures to get a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.