T10 Cricket League, Pakhtoons vs Bengal Tigers: After announcing retirement from international cricket, RP Singh is currently in action in the ongoing second edition of T10 cricket league in UAE. The left-arm pacer, who played an important role in India’s memorable triumph during the inaugural ICC World T20 event is once again proving his worth in the cricket’s shortest format. Representing franchise – Pakhtoons, Singh showed his class against Bengal Tigers as he picked up his best figures of 2/14 in Sharjah.
Apart from bowling an amazing spell of bowling, the 32-year old pacer also got himself tangled in a controversy. The incident took place in the fifth ball of the very first over of the match between Tigers and Pakhtoons. The Rae-Bareli born pacer bowled a fuller length ball and opposition skipper Sunil Narine had an almighty heave at it. However, the Caribbean all-rounder missed the ball completely and it went on to hit wicketkeeper Shafiqullah Shafiq on the legs. Following which, the keeper threw the ball at the non-striker’s end.
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The throw went and hit the stumps and Narine seemed to have made his ground. Nevertheless, replays showed that the batsman’s feet were off the ground when the ball struck the wickets. To everyone’s surprise, the umpires asked for the play to continue. The same didn’t please Singh by any stretch of the imagination and the speedster denied to bowl the last ball of his first over.
Earlier, put into bat, Bengal Tigers were going at a good pace. In two overs they were cruising at 26 for no loss, but India’s former left-arm pacer RP Singh struck a double blow in his second over, and the team’s third, by sending back both the English batsmen – Jason Roy (12) and Luke Wright (4) – to finish with impressive figures of 2-14.
Roy at the striker’s end, initially, couldn’t comprehend the proceedings and he along with Narine waited patiently for play to resume. Thereafter, Shahid Afridi, the Pakhtoons’ skipper, was seen having a long chat with the on-field umpire and Cameron Delport along with Shafiq also joined them.