Rohit Sharma Displeased with Impact Player Rule, Ricky Ponting Offers Counterargument

The IPL 2024 is moving forward with immense thrills. Since the 2022 season, the Impact player rule was introduced to cricket and it has become immensely popular. The T20 World Cup is all set to happen on June 1, recently, Indian captain Rohit Sharma talked about the negative side of it. Now, the Delhi Capitals coach and the Australian legend Ricky Ponting shared his view on it.

Rohit Sharma on Impact Player Rule:

The impact player rule permits a team to add a 12th player from a pre-selected list of five names announced during the toss. This player can substitute any player in the playing XI based on the team’s needs. A few days ago, Rohit Sharma expressed concerns that players such as Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar are not getting opportunities to bowl due to this rule, which he believes is unfavorable for Team India. 

Rohit Sharma said, “I genuinely feel it is going to hold back the development of all-rounders because eventually cricket is played by 11 players, not 12. So I am not a big fan of the Impact Player Rule because you are taking so much from the game just to make it a little more entertaining for the people around you.”

Later he added, “But just in the cricketing aspect of it, I feel guys like Washington Sundar, and Shivam Dube are not getting to bowl, which is not a good thing for us. I am not sure what you can do about it, but I am not a fan of it.”

Ricky Ponting’s View:

India captain Rohit Sharma expressed his discontent with the rule, highlighting its impact on the roles of all-rounders like Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar. However, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting disagreed, asserting that the rule enhances the entertainment value of the IPL. Their differing opinions shed light on the ongoing debate surrounding the rule and its implications for players’ roles and the overall excitement of the tournament. He said, “I read some interesting answers from Rohit Sharma on this yesterday. The Impact Player rule is taking the all-rounders out of the game a little bit.”

Ricky Ponting said, “You know you can play your specialists. You can play a specialist batsman down to No.8, and then you can change him in the second innings. Rohit gave examples of Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar not bowling. I think for a coach and for the players, it’s probably not ideal, but I think what this game tries to do is entertain people.”

Later he added, “The T20 game is an entertainment package and I think it’s probably better to ask the spectators what they think about the Impact Player because if everyone is loving the fact that teams are making 220 to 250 in a lot of games, it should stay. But if the spectators aren’t liking it as much, there’s no reason why it couldn’t go back to just 11 vs 11.”

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The IPL 2024 is moving forward with immense thrills. Since the 2022 season, the Impact player rule was introduced to cricket and it has become immensely popular. The T20 World Cup is all set to happen on June 1, recently, Indian captain Rohit Sharma talked about the negative side of it. Now, the Delhi Capitals coach and the Australian legend Ricky Ponting shared his view on it.

Rohit Sharma on Impact Player Rule:

The impact player rule permits a team to add a 12th player from a pre-selected list of five names announced during the toss. This player can substitute any player in the playing XI based on the team's needs. A few days ago, Rohit Sharma expressed concerns that players such as Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar are not getting opportunities to bowl due to this rule, which he believes is unfavorable for Team India. 

Rohit Sharma said, “I genuinely feel it is going to hold back the development of all-rounders because eventually cricket is played by 11 players, not 12. So I am not a big fan of the Impact Player Rule because you are taking so much from the game just to make it a little more entertaining for the people around you.”

Later he added, “But just in the cricketing aspect of it, I feel guys like Washington Sundar, and Shivam Dube are not getting to bowl, which is not a good thing for us. I am not sure what you can do about it, but I am not a fan of it.”

Ricky Ponting’s View:

India captain Rohit Sharma expressed his discontent with the rule, highlighting its impact on the roles of all-rounders like Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar. However, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting disagreed, asserting that the rule enhances the entertainment value of the IPL. Their differing opinions shed light on the ongoing debate surrounding the rule and its implications for players' roles and the overall excitement of the tournament. He said, “I read some interesting answers from Rohit Sharma on this yesterday. The Impact Player rule is taking the all-rounders out of the game a little bit.”

Ricky Ponting said, “You know you can play your specialists. You can play a specialist batsman down to No.8, and then you can change him in the second innings. Rohit gave examples of Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar not bowling. I think for a coach and for the players, it’s probably not ideal, but I think what this game tries to do is entertain people.”

Later he added, “The T20 game is an entertainment package and I think it’s probably better to ask the spectators what they think about the Impact Player because if everyone is loving the fact that teams are making 220 to 250 in a lot of games, it should stay. But if the spectators aren’t liking it as much, there’s no reason why it couldn’t go back to just 11 vs 11.”

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