What is Impact Player Rule in IPL Explained- Tata IPL-2024

What is Impact Player Rule in IPL Explained- Tata IPL-2024

IPL 2024 Set to Bring Back Impact Player Rule

The Impact Player rule, introduced in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during the 2023 season, is set to make a return in IPL 2024.

What is the Impact Player Rule in IPL?

The basic concept of the Impact Player in the IPL is to allow one substitute player per team to actively participate in matches, either with the bat or the ball.

Shivam Dube was Chennai Super Kings' designated spin-hitter during IPL 2023
Shivam Dube was Chennai Super Kings’ designated spin-hitter during IPL 2023 | Getty Images

Key Differences from Regular Substitution Rules

An impact player differs from the regular substitution rule in international cricket, where a substitute fielder can replace an injured player on the field but cannot bat or bowl.

While concussion substitutes in international cricket can bat and bowl, they are injury-forced replacements rather than tactical ones like the impact player rule.


Read More:KKR Squad 2024: Complete Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Squad and Players List for IPL 2024

Understanding the IPL’s Impact Player Rule

The Impact Player rule in the IPL allows teams to name five substitute players in addition to their playing XI before a match.

During the match, captains can nominate one of these substitutes to replace a player in the starting eleven during any natural breaks in the match, such as the beginning of an innings, the end of an over, when a wicket falls, or when a batsman retires.

However, if a bowling side brings in an impact player after a wicket falls or when a batsman retires mid-over, the replacement player cannot bowl the remaining balls of that over.

Strategic Considerations

Teams can substitute a maximum of one impact player in a match.

There’s a caveat regarding the nationality of the impact player: if a team has named four foreign players in their starting XI, they can only bring in one Indian as their impact player. If they have three or fewer foreign players, they may bring in another foreign player as an impact player.

First Impact Player in IPL History

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) youngster Tushar Deshpande became the first Impact Player in IPL history on March 31, 2023, replacing Ambati Rayudu in the IPL 2023 season opener against Gujarat Titans.

The repeated use of Impact Players in IPL 2023 demonstrated teams’ willingness to adapt the rule to their tactical advantage, with eventual champions CSK making particularly good use of it.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ Venkatesh Iyer and Rajasthan Royals’ Dhruv Jurel also stood out as impact players in IPL 2023.


Don’t Miss Out : Tata IPL 2024: Full Team-Wise Squad and Players List-IPL 2024


The Impact Player rule adds a new dimension to the IPL, providing teams with strategic options and tactical possibilities to exploit. While still in its early stages, only time will tell if teams continue to utilize this rule in the future.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *