Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

With the removal of ‘Impact Player’ rule, big scores will not be scored in IPL? What did Ponting say?

New Delhi. The impact player rule has made a lot of headlines in this season of the Indian Premier League. While Indian captain Rohit Sharma expressed his displeasure over this, former coach Ravi Shastri supported it. Delhi Capitals head coach and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that big scores will continue to be scored in IPL matches even after the much-discussed ‘Impact Player’ rule is abolished.

The impact player rule allows teams to change any one player from the original XI declared during the toss at any time during the match. People’s opinion is divided regarding this. For example, Indian captain Rohit Sharma has called it harmful for the all-rounder as he does not get a chance to bowl, while some others like Sourav Ganguly are calling it good.

Ponting, who was a three-time member of Australia’s World Cup winning team, said during the launch of Delhi Capitals batting coach Praveen Amre’s autobiography ‘Zero for 5: The Thrilling Cricket Journey of Praveen Amre’ on Monday, “There is a discussion going on about this. The question is whether the Impact Player rule will remain in IPL, if it does not happen then will the scores be low again? I am interested to see this.

He said, “Yes, the impact player provides some relief to the player at the top. I think the top order batsmen are used to playing a certain way when they come to the crease. I mean, trying to tell Jake Fraser-McGurk to play a different way or asking Travis Head to be a little more defensive, it’s not going to happen.

So far this year, 200 or more runs have been scored 36 times in the IPL, whereas in the last season this figure was 37. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah has said that if the stakeholders want at the end of the IPL, the rule can be reconsidered.

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