Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has said that the use of “Impact Player” in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) will totally depend on if you bat or bowl first, and it actually almost negates the role of allrounders in the game now.
“It [usage of Impact Player] depends if you bat or bowl first. So at the toss, we will be putting in a bowling-first team and a batting-first team. And obviously if you bat first, you’re probably going to sub in a batter. Or if you bat first and lose an early wicket, you might want to bring in a batter straight on top of that. So there are a number of different ways to use it, “Ricky Ponting said at an event in New Delhi.
“It actually almost negates the role of allrounders in the game now. Because you don’t need those guys anymore,” he added.
The one all-rounder who Delhi will definitely be keeping an eye out for, though, is Mitchell Marsh. He had a decent IPL 2022, scoring 251 runs in eight games at a strike rate of 132.80.
He hasn’t bowled in the games yet, but he’s been bowling for the last five or six weeks. So by the time he gets here with us, his role in our team will be to bowl some overs as well. He knows that and understands that,” Ponting said.
IPL 2023 will start with the heavyweight clash between Gujarat Giants and Chennai Super Kings on March 31 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.