The newly-introduced Impact Player rule has played a significant role in the outcome of matches in the ongoing TATA Indian Premier League (IPL).
Under the tutelage of head coach Trevor Bayliss, our team has expertly utilised the regulation in our favour on multiple occasions. Let’s look at some of the most influential performances by our Impact Players in TATA IPL 2023:
Prabhsimran’s Blitzkrieg vs CSK:
Chasing a huge target of 201 at Chepauk, Prabhsimran Singh was brought in as our Impact Player in place of Kagiso Rabada ahead of the tough chase. Opening the batting with captain Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran got us off to a brilliant start. The 22-year-old smashed 42 runs off just 24 balls, laced with four fours and two sixes. Prabhsimran laid the foundation for the rest of the batters to capitalise on. Later, Liam Livingstone (40), Sam Curran (29) and Jitesh Sharma (21) played crucial cameos to help us pull off the highest-ever run-chase by an away team at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Nathan Ellis’ Brilliant Spell vs DC:
In a must-win fixture against Delhi Capitals (DC), Nathan Ellis made an instant impact after he was brought on. Put in to bat, our boys rode on Prabhsimran’s magnificent ton to post 167/7 in the 20 overs. Ellis later replaced Prabhsimran as Impact Player to boost our bowling options. The Australian pacer troubled the DC batters, including bagging the wickets of Aman Hakim Khan and Praveen Dubey to put us in a winning position. Ellis finished his spell with impressive figures of 4-0-26-2 to guide us to a comprehensive 31-run victory.
Prabhsimran’s Fighting Knock vs RCB:
Our dynamic batter, Prabhsimran Singh, was once again used as the Impact Player against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in our home match in Mohali. After Virat Kohli’s 59 off 47 and Faf du Plessis’ 56-ball 84 powered the visitors to 174/4, Prabhsimran replaced Rahul Chahar to open our innings with Atharva Taide. Despite losing wickets at one end, Prabhsimran played an impressive innings to keep us in the chase. The swashbuckling opener scored 46 off 30 balls, which included three fours and four maximums. While Prabhsimran’s exciting knock gave us hope, we eventually fell short by 24 runs.