Hrithik Shokeen becomes the first Impact Player in the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy

Delhi’s 22-year-old Hrithik Shokeen became the first Impact player and helped his side win the 71-run Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Group B match – Delhi vs Manipur – in Jaipur on Monday.

Delhi replaced Hiten Dalal in their bowling innings with Mumbai Indians off-spinner Shokeen, who took two wickets and conceded a paltry 13 runs, helping to limit Manipur to 96 for seven in his 20 overs.

Early in the first innings, right-handed batsman Hiten Dalal hit an incredible 47 runs with just 27 balls, giving Delhi 167 runs on the board.

Elsewhere in another game, Mumbai replaced right-arm sailor Dhawal Kulkarni with Sairaj Patel in their chase against Mizoram. However, Mumbai recorded a 9-wicket win without using their striker.

What is the Impact Player system?

Earlier this year, the BCCI introduced the impact player rule in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as a try for the IPL.

The playing teams must nominate four possible strikers, only one of which can be used. The impact substitution must occur before the 14 overs of either innings. The substituted player can bowl his full quota of overs and bat anywhere.

It is not mandatory to use the impact player, but before use, either the captain or the head coach or the manager must inform the referee on the pitch. The rule does not apply if play is reduced to fewer than 10 overs per side.

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