5 players sold at IPL 2023 Auctions who might be exclusively used as 'Impact Player'
The 'Impact Player' rule will be a fresh change in the IPL. As per this rule, any domestic cricketer can be swapped for another in the game. Of course, there are conditions to be fulfilled for the same, which IPL will announce in due course. It is obvious that franchises would have spent money on some cricketers, keeping this rule. On that note, here, we take a look at five players sold at IPL 2023 Auctions who might be exclusively used as an Impact Player.
This rule has the potential to change games. It essentially means that a team could play with 12 players. All teams must utilize this rule carefully as this could help them come back or do further well in any game.
1) Shivam Mavi - Gujarat Titans
Shivam Mavi is one of the players sold at IPL 2023 Auctions who might be exclusively used as an Impact Player. While the Uttar Pradesh pacer is good in the powerplay, he is not that great in the middle overs or in the death. Hence, it won't be bad if the team can use all his four overs at the start. This will help the team to have a death-overs specialist, which will add balance to the squad.
2) Ajinkya Rahane - Chennai Super Kings
Ajinkya Rahane was a surprise signing by CSK. However, it is actually a good move by the franchise. If CSK loses early wickets, they can actually have Rahane as the Impact Player. He will stabilize the batting and then, the big hitters can take over. This way, the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad can express themselves more freely at the start.
3) Avinash Singh - Royal Challengers Bangalore
Avinash Singh is also one of the players sold at IPL 2023 Auctions who might be exclusively used as an Impact Player. In RCB's combination, they cannot have any other pacers barring Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood and Mohammed Siraj in the XI. However, they might need another pacer for the middle overs and maybe, even for the death. Here is where they can utilize the services of Avinash Singh, who can bowl above 145.
4) Mayank Markhande - Sunrisers Hyderabad
SRH has the opportunity to become the best bowling attack in IPL. They already have a core group of Indian pacers and Washington Sundar as the lead spinner. They might also have Adil Rashid as another spinner. If Bhuvneshwar Kumar can finish his overs in the powerplay, SRH can then bring on Mayank Markhande to bowl in the middle overs. This way, they can have an additional foreign batter in the top half of the XI.
5) Vidwath Kaverappa - Punjab Kings
Vidwath Kaverappa is also one of the players sold at IPL 2023 Auctions who might be exclusively used as an Impact Player. While Kagiso Rabada and Sam Curran will bowl in the powerplay, PBKS can now completely use Arshdeep Singh for the death. This can happen if Vidwath Kaverappa can be used in the powerplay. The Karnataka bowler is a good option as a swing bowler and hence, he can do the role.