Ashwin credits high IPL scores to batter skill, not the impact player rule

Indian cricket player Ravichandran Ashwin does not want to single out impact player rule as the only contributing factor in high scores being recorded several times this ongoing season of cash-rich league, as he gives credit to the evolution of batters. Ashwin has also urged bowlers to start working on their batting skills in order to meet the demands of the game. The season has witnessed some amazing batting records: teams crossed the 200-run mark a staggering 41 times, whereas the 250-mark was breached on eight occasions in the league round.
The IPL's record-highest team total of 287 was also registered in the ongoing edition.
“Even if the impact player rule wasn’t there, scores would be this high,” Ashwin said after their four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the IPL Eliminator here on Wednesday.
“In my opinion, batters have more confidence, and pitches everywhere have been standardised.In the future, all bowlers will need to be hitters because we know that no matter how well we bowl, we also need to be able to bat. The game is headed in that direction,” he said.


May 23, 2024 11:18 AM