Umpire Nigel Duguid did WWE Star John Cena’s iconic “You Can’t See Me” gesture in the first qualifier of CPL 2023 to take the internet by storm. His gesture became instantly viral on social media with the video making the rounds on X.
In the first qualifier between Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors, umpire Duguid did the famous gesture to an appeal from Imran Tahir.
Tahir on the very first delivery of his spell trapped Deyal in front of the wicket. His appeal was turned down by the umpire who told him that he was unsighted off the delivery as Tahir came in his way.
Watch – Umpire’s You Can’t See Me Gesture In CPL 2023 Qualifier 1
Imran Tahir appeals for the LBW.
Umpire does John Cena's 'You can't see me' gesture as he couldn't see what happened.pic.twitter.com/7mk3UTIJzn
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Tahir who himself was the captain of the Amazon Warriors in this CPL season decided to take the review and the umpire had to finally rule the decision in favor of the bowler. Despite Tahir’s economical spell, Guyana lost the game and were knocked out of the tournament.
Talking about Qualifier 1, Guyana Amazon Warriors scored 166/7 in their 20 overs after being asked to bat first by TKR. Saim Ayub top scored with 49. Azam Khan (36), Dwayne Pretorius (15), and Romario Shepherd (15) were the other key contributors.
TKR chased down the score inside 18.1 overs with Chadwick Walton scoring an unbeaten 80 opening the batting. Nicholas Pooran (33), and Kieron Pollard (23) played their part in the chase as well as the Knight Riders cantered their way through to another CPL final.
” Proper planning. Credit to the back room staff. The way we planned and executed was superb. I don’t want to single out anybody. We gave guys chances in the last game we played here. The bowling unit delivered entirely. The message was simple to the batters. We knew they were 20-25 runs short. Walton got an opportunity after Guptill’s absence and scored a crucial knock. Would be interesting to see who we play in the finals,” said TKR captain Kieron Pollard after TKR reached the finals.