Breaking Records: IPL 2023’s Impact on T20 Cricket

DESIblitz analyses some of the factors leading to the record-breaking achievements in the IPL 2023 and what this could mean for T20 cricket.

Breaking Records: IPL 2023's Impact on T20 Cricket


Pitches have been criticised for being too slow

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a staple in the cricket world since its inception in 2008.

The tournament brings together the best players from around the world to compete in a fast-paced, high-intensity T20 format.

The 2023 IPL season has seen some of the highest-scoring games in T20 cricket history.

Teams are scoring at an average of 8.32 runs per over, which is the highest in IPL history.

The Mumbai Indians, who are known for their strong bowling attack, have been unable to defend high scores due to the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and the other injured bowlers.

This has led to some high-scoring games, with the Mumbai Indians conceding over 200 runs

The IPL’s highest-scoring games have been attributed to a few factors, including the introduction of a new rule, the Impact Player, and the absence of several key bowlers due to injury.

The Impact Player

Breaking Records: IPL 2023's Impact on T20 Cricket

The Impact Player is a new rule introduced in the 2023 IPL season, which allows teams to replace a batsman with a bowler or vice versa, depending on which team bats first.

This rule has been implemented to make the game more exciting and unpredictable.

This has led to an increase in the run rate as teams have an extra hitter in the lineup.

In previous seasons, teams were limited to six batters who could hit, but now they have seven or more, making them more open to taking risks throughout the innings.

It has allowed teams to be more aggressive during the powerplay overs, where they are on average five runs ahead compared to the next best year since 2019.

The Impact Player has also allowed teams to take more risks during the middle overs.

This is surprising as teams are acquiring those two runs in the middle overs, not at the death, where teams usually take more risks.

However, the Impact Player has not affected the death-over scoring rates as teams can now afford to lose an extra wicket.

Teams are losing wickets more often than before, which has not affected their run rate during the death overs.

The Impact Player rule has also allowed teams to experiment with their batting order.

In previous seasons, teams had a set batting order, and there was little scope for experimentation.

With the introduction of the Impact Player, teams can now bring in a bowler or a batter depending on the match situation.

This has allowed teams to experiment with different batting orders, which has led to more exciting and unpredictable cricket.

Injured Bowlers

Breaking Records: IPL 2023's Impact on T20 Cricket

The absence of several injured bowlers has also contributed to the high-scoring games in the 2023 IPL season.

Bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Dwayne Bravo, Mukesh Choudhary, Josh Hazlewood, and Jhye Richardson have all been ruled out of the current season or have started late.

The Kolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell has barely bowled this season.

This has given batsmen an advantage, making it easier for them to score runs.

Teams have been unable to find replacement bowlers for these injured players, which has left them with weaker bowling lineups.

It has resulted in teams being more aggressive with their batting, knowing that their opponents have weaker bowling attacks.

Although bowlers are not the only players to be injured, teams have been more proactive in replacing their batsmen than their bowlers.

Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Jonny Bairstow, and Will Jacks are among those who have been ruled out of the tournament.

This suggests that teams value their bowling resources more than their batting resources, which is not surprising given the T20 format’s emphasis on scoring runs.

Pitches & Cricket Stars

Breaking Records: IPL 2023's Impact on T20 Cricket

Another factor that may contribute to the high-scoring games in the 2023 IPL season is the quality of pitches being used.

In previous seasons, some pitches have been criticised for being too slow and low-scoring, which can make for less exciting games.

However, this season, there have been reports of pitches being prepared to be more batting-friendly, with higher bounce and pace.

This can make it easier for batsmen to hit boundaries and score runs quickly.

Moreover, the IPL has always been known for its star-studded lineups, with teams boasting some of the world’s best players.

This year is no exception, with players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Sam Curran, David Warner, and Glenn Maxwell taking part.

The presence of these players, along with other international stars, can make for more exciting games, with fans eager to see their favourite players perform on the big stage.

Format & Entertainment Value

Breaking Records: IPL 2023's Impact on T20 Cricket

Another factor that may contribute to the high-scoring games is the format of the tournament itself.

The IPL is known for its fast-paced T20 format, which can make for exciting and high-scoring games.

With only 20 overs per team, there is little room for error, and teams must be aggressive from the start.

This can lead to more risks being taken, resulting in more boundaries and higher run rates.

Furthermore, the IPL is not just a cricket tournament; it is also a major commercial event.

The tournament generates significant revenue for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its stakeholders, including the teams and sponsors.

As a result, there may be pressure to make the tournament as entertaining and exciting as possible to attract fans and maximise revenue.

This could lead to teams being encouraged to be more aggressive with their batting, resulting in high-scoring games.

Technology Advancements

Breaking Records: IPL 2023's Impact on T20 Cricket

Finally, the use of technology in cricket may also contribute to the high-scoring games in the 2023 IPL season.

With the introduction of tools like DRS (Decision Review System) and Hawk-Eye, players can make more accurate decisions, which can lead to more successful reviews and fewer dismissals.

Although, it is on the team to suss out whether to review a decision.

Cricket is not like football where the use of VAR will help the referee (umpire) overturn a decision if it’s a clear and obvious error.

It is on the players themselves to submit a review, but only have a limited number of chances.

Additionally, the use of technology in pitch preparation and analysis can help teams tailor their strategies to specific conditions, which can lead to higher-scoring games.

In conclusion, several factors may be contributing to the high-scoring games in the 2023 IPL season.

As the tournament progresses, it will be interesting to see if these trends continue and if any other factors contribute to the high-scoring games.

Ultimately, the IPL remains one of the most exciting cricket tournaments in the world, and fans can look forward to more thrilling games in the years to come.

Ilsa is a digital marketeer and journalist. Her interests include politics, literature, religion and football. Her motto is “Give people their flowers whilst they’re still around to smell them.”

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