5 Teams that can benefit from the ‘power player’ rule in IPL 2020
The 'Power Player' rule could possibly change the entire dynamics of the league.
Published - Nov 6, 2019 3:01 pm
Updated - Nov 7, 2019 11:17 am
In a bid to make T20 cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL) more exciting, the BCCI has come up with a new rule for the upcoming season. The ‘Power Player’ rule is likely to change the way how T20 cricket in perceived. Just like the ‘Super Sub’ rule in ODIs back in 2005, a ‘Power Player’ rule is being introduced for the upcoming season.
Teams will announce a 15-man squad before the game begins. At any stage of the game, either after the fall of a wicket or the end of the over, a side can bring in a substitute for a player in the ‘Playing XI’. With the introduction of this rule, some of the teams might be highly benefitted.
Here are five teams that can benefit from the ‘Power Player’ rule:
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
In the last couple of seasons, ever since CSK has made its comeback into the IPL, MS Dhoni has been quite picky about his elevens. Keeping the oppositions and the conditions in mind, he has made several smart moves. But on several occasions in the past, he has gone ahead with just three overseas players in the side instead of four. While this decision has worked in his favour at times, it didn’t at the other times.
Primarily, there have been concerns with regards to the CSK bowling line-up which has clearly been the weaker link. The bowlers tend to get quite expensive at times and the conditions don’t really suit them. With the introduction of the ‘Power Player’ rule, the management can be more proactive and strengthen this department.
Since there is a scope to bring in an additional overseas player if Dhoni goes ahead with just three players, it could completely change the dynamics of the side. Also, for instance, Harbhajan Singh has been mainly used against the left-handers. There were occasions where he didn’t complete his quota of four overs. In such a situation, someone like Mitchell Santner or Scott Kuggeleijn can be roped in.