The highly-anticipated Indian Premier League is just a week away from getting underway. Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with the defending champions, Gujarat Titans in the tournament opener on March 31.
The game will go all guns blazing at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, the sixteenth edition of the IPL will see some major changes compared to the previous edition.
All the teams of the IPL will name their playing XI after the toss. Besides that, if there is an unfair movement by a wicketkeeper or the fielders, it will be adjudged a dead ball and 5 penalty runs.
On top of that, only four fielders will be permitted outside the 30-yard circle for every over not finished within time. On the other hand, the impact player rule will be introduced in the next season.
IPL introduces the umpire’s signal for Impact Player Rule
Meanwhile, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has now introduced the umpire’s signal for the “Impact Player Rule”. This rule is surely going to be interesting as far as the entertainment factor is concerned.
We all know that the on-field umpires come up with different hand gestures based on how the game is played. When a player is out, the umpire gives his verdict by raising his finger.
When a batsman hits a six, the umpire lifts both of his hands to signal a six. Likewise, for the impact player rule, the umpires will have their fists closed into a tight ball and with hands crossed above their heads.
An impact player can replace any player in the starting XI of the team. Nonetheless, a replacement is possible before the end of the 14th over of either team’s inning.
It means that a batsman or a bowler can sneak into the starting XI by replacing someone. This impact player rule is valid only for Indian players in IPL.
Harbhajan after not getting a wicket
— Transponster Jay (@Jay_KD77) March 22, 2023
Zero cares about the IPL until we win ICC trophy 🏆
— CHEEKU 🇮🇳 (@CricCrazy_1) March 22, 2023
— Anish Kumar (@anishkum7) March 23, 2023
If the impact player is Virat Kohli : pic.twitter.com/AEkM26e5In
— Sanoob Sanalkumar (@SAN008PS) March 22, 2023
Imagine Nitin Menon doing this🤣🤣🤣
— Sohail. (@iamsohail__1) March 22, 2023
— . (@MasterMassss) March 22, 2023
Same energy pic.twitter.com/bmC2iB11EO
— Ben (@Zzyzx619) March 22, 2023
This is where they got inspiration from. pic.twitter.com/2TxUJZaJs9
— Abdul Rahman (@khanboi570) March 23, 2023
First look at the umpire's full signal pic.twitter.com/NgDM4G6HFt
— Sherry The Gamer (@Mohammed_Sherry) March 22, 2023
Impact rule is useless in #IPL, Because of this Cricket craze will be damage and @ipl will be remain as a entertainment league only. #IPL2023
— Farhan Ashfaq (@farhanqaafa) March 22, 2023