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Sunil Narine becomes the first recipient of a slow-overs red card

“Sunil Narine, the Trinbago Knight Riders spinner, made history with the first-ever red card in the Caribbean Premier League on Sunday.

Sunil Narine becomes the first recipient of a slow-overs red card
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Sunil Narine became the first cricketer to earn a red card during a Caribbean Premier League game.

The approval means a team loses a player the captain selects and must have six fielders inside the ring.

The rule refers to the fielding team losing one player by their captain’s choice and keeping six players inside the ring for the final over. In the Trinbago Knight Riders‘ match against Nevis Patriots and St. Kitts, TKR couldn’t end their first 19 overs.

However, in the final over of the Patriots’ innings, a different bowler (not Sunil Narine) was brought in to bowl. This decision is influential, such as changing the bowling strategy, exploiting match conditions, or providing variety to the batters.

The final over bowled by the substitute bowler yielded 18 runs. It means that the batting team, the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, scored 18 runs off that over. This information is relevant in the context of the match’s overall score and the Patriots’ innings total.

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The incident that took place and the details

In the game between the Trinbago Knight Riders and the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Sunil Narine, a player from the Knight Riders, had completed his quota of four overs earlier in the innings. His four overs had figures of 24 runs conceded and three wickets taken.

Sunil Narine was withdrawn from the playing eleven in the final over of the Patriots’ innings. Considering the match situation and that Narine had already bowled his quota of overs, the team’s bowling strategy might have influenced this decision.

Since Sunil Narine was red-carded and withdrawn from the playing eleven, the Trinbago Knight Riders had ten players on the field instead of the usual 11. 

Overall, the player’s statement highlights a few key points:

· Players’ commitment to adapting to the rules.

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· Potential challenges and frustrations posed by the new penalties.

AR Shrikanth and his opinions 

Shrikanth has been the performance investigator of KKR for the past ten seasons. He also worked with the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League and said playing ‘wind ball cricket’ in the West Indies has boosted Narine to become a terrific striker of the ball. 

Windball cricket is a mini-premier league played in the Caribbean with a softball under floodlights every year, including prize money. It is an 8-overs-a-side game and is played mainly on actual surfaces.

The tournament’s fame among these West Indian cricketers is such that Bravo once said, ‘Wind ball cricket is better coordinated’ than WICB.

“During the last CPL, Once I was in Sunil’s home. There was a massive trophy cabinet in his house. Other than IPL trophies, most of those awards were for batting”.

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He has played a lot of wind-ball cricket. It’s a big game there,” Shrikanth told TOI.

“He is a superb allrounder in that form of cricket, Also, he has a good idea of timing, can hit the ball hard, and has an amazing bat swing,” he added.

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Tania Mukherjee is a sports content writer at Empire Weekly, immersing herself in the world of sports and expressing her thoughts and feelings through the power of the written word. With a deep passion for writing, Tania finds solace and fulfillment in conveying her ideas to others. Throughout her career, she has gained valuable experience working with esteemed organizations such as Sportsbeez and 3S Venture Marketing.

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