Former India cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Harbhajan Singh were happy with the new impact player rule in the IPL 2023 and have given it a thumbs up. This was introduced by the BCCI after taking inspiration from the BBL.
An Impact Player is an amped-up substitute, who can contribute with both bat and ball, turning an eleven-a-side game into a 12 vs 12 contest and disrupting the way teams have traditionally balanced themselves.
While submitting the team sheets, the captains will be allowed to name five substitute players from which one can be called upon later. The 'Impact Player' can do everything from the time he comes onto the pitch, be it batting, bowling or fielding.
But, the "Impact Player can only be an Indian player unless the franchise has fewer than four overseas players in the Playing XI."
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Sunil Gavaskar was happy with the new rule and said that the teams will ace it in a few games.
“You need some time to understand new rules and acclimatise with new playing conditions. The same will be the case with all ten teams in the TATA IPL 2023. They will need some time to ace it,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
Harbhajan Singh was also impressed with the new ruling and has hailed the think tank for the innovative idea.
“It’s a very innovative move as you can now replace a player whom you feel is not suitable or has served his purpose with someone who can make an impact in the current playing conditions. So, kudos to the BCCI, it’s a very good rule,” said Harbhajan.
Tushar Deshpande became the first-ever impact player substitute as CSK brought him in place of Ambati Rayudu in their IPL 2023 opener against GT. On the other hand, Gujarat Titans brought in Sai Sudharsan for the injured Kane Williamson as their impact player.