“Have To Evolve”: Ravichandran Ashwin Stands Against Rohit Sharma On ‘Impact Player’ Rule


The “Impact Player” rule in the current IPL may have drawn sharp criticism, but former India coach Ravi Shastri and senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have supported it, saying it leads to more close finishes. The rule implemented in the competition in previous seasons has been the subject of debate in this edition, with some experts and current players saying it would make all-rounders unnecessary. “Whenever a new rule comes in, there will be people who will try to explain why it is not right,” Shastri said.

“But over time, when you see the scores – 200 and 190 – and then, individuals grab that opportunity and make the most of it, people will start to rethink how they think about it.” Shastri confirmed the rule and said that the game has to evolve with time.

“Impact player (Rule) is good. You have to evolve with time. It happens in other games too. He's got the tight end,” he said on Ashwin's YouTube channel.

“I think it's a good rule. You saw how tough we performed in last year's IPL. So, it has made a big difference.” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had recently said that this rule is not permanent.

He told the media in Mumbai last week, “Impact Player is like a test case. We have implemented it gradually. The biggest advantage of it is that two Indian players are getting a chance (in each game), which is is the most important.” ,

“We will consult the players, the franchises, the broadcasters (and take a decision). It is not permanent, (but) I am not saying it will last.

“(We'll see) whether it's making the game more competitive or not. Still, if any player feels it's not right, we'll talk to them. But nobody has told us anything yet. So, it will be decided after the World Cup.” India captain Rohit Sharma and Delhi Capitals' Axar Patel and Mukesh Kumar also expressed their displeasure over this rule.

“I really think it will hinder the development of all-rounders because ultimately cricket is played by 11 players, not 12,” Rohit had said a few weeks ago.

“So, I'm not a big fan of the impact player rule because you're taking so much out of the game to make it a little more entertaining for the people around you.”

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