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‘Evolve with times’ – Ravi Shastri backs ‘Impact Player’ rule as debate continues to rage in IPL 2024

‘Evolve with times’ – Ravi Shastri backs ‘Impact Player’ rule as debate continues to rage in IPL 2024

With the BCCI willing to adapt and strong opinions on both sides, the future of the Impact Player rule remains uncertain.

The introduction of the Impact Player rule in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has sparked heated discussions amongst players, coaches, and fans. While some see it as a burden on all-rounders, former Indian coach Ravi Shastri stands firmly behind it, citing its contribution to exciting finishes.

Ravi Shastri: Embrace Change

In a recent appearance on Ravichandran Ashwin‘s YouTube channel, Shastri advocated for the rule, stating, “The Impact Player is good. You have to evolve with the times.” He highlighted similar innovations in other sports and pointed towards the dramatic finishes witnessed in the 2024 IPL season. For Shastri, the rule’s impact on match intensity is undeniable.

Ravichandran Ashwin cites Dhruv Jurel Rise

Ashwin countered concerns about all-rounders’ development, using the example of Dhruv Jurel. Jurel, who started as an Impact Player in IPL 2023, went on to make his Test debut for India within a year.

Ravi Shastri: Skepticism is natural

Ravi Shastri acknowledges the initial resistance to new rules, but believes that as players experience close finishes and witness individual brilliance, perceptions will shift.

He emphasizes that high-scoring encounters and impactful performances will lead to a re-evaluation of the rule.

BCCI adopts Wait-and-See approach for Impact Player rule

The BCCI, under Secretary Jay Shah, has adopted a cautious approach. Shah has labelled the Impact Player rule “not permanent” and emphasized that a final decision on its future will be made after the T20 World Cup through discussions with stakeholders.

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Focus on player feedback: Impact Player Rule

The BCCI intends to gather feedback from players, franchises, and broadcasters before making a call. Their primary objective is to assess the rule’s impact on competition and player experience. While Shah hasn’t received official complaints yet, he assures open communication for future decisions.

Mixed reactions from India players, coaches

The rule has received criticism from prominent figures like Indian captain Rohit Sharma, Axar Patel, and Mukesh Kumar. Even coach Ricky Ponting, though open to the rule for its entertainment value, called it a “nightmare” from a coaching perspective.

Verdict on Impact Player? Time Will Tell

With the BCCI willing to adapt and strong opinions on both sides, the future of the Impact Player rule remains uncertain. However, one thing’s for sure: the debate surrounding this innovative concept is sure to continue in the cricketing world.

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