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All You Need to Know About the New Two Bouncers Rule in IPL 2024

For the IPL 2024, a significant change in the rulebook has also captured attention: the allowance for bowlers to deliver two bouncers per over.

Ankit Kanaujia
Last updated: 02.04.2024
Two bouncers per over

The 2024 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is in full swing, treating fans to a plethora of thrilling matches and setting new records along the way. One of the standout moments came when Sunrisers Hyderabad shattered Royal Challengers Bengaluru's previous record total of 263 by posting a commanding score of 277 against the Mumbai Indians. However, amidst the on-field action, a significant change in the rulebook has also captured attention: the allowance for bowlers to deliver two bouncers per over.

This rule adjustment, initially implemented by the ICC in Tests and ODIs, has now found its way into the IPL. The decision by the IPL Governing Council was met with mixed reactions from former cricketers, with some expressing concerns about its potential impact on the game. However, as the matches go on, it becomes evident that the rule change has added an extra dimension of excitement to the competition.

IPL 2024: Two bouncers per over   

Teams have quickly adapted to the new regulation, with some utilizing it to great effect while others grapple with its implications. Notably, Royal Challengers Bengaluru faced difficulties as their bowlers struggled to find the right balance, often resorting to an excess of short-pitched deliveries. This vulnerability was exploited by opposing teams, particularly the Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, who capitalised on the opportunity to score freely.

Before its introduction in the IPL, the two-bouncer rule underwent testing during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, where it received a positive reception. Bowlers, such as Sunrisers Hyderabad's Jaydev Unadkat, welcomed the change, emphasizing its strategic benefits. Unadkat highlighted the element of surprise that comes with the ability to deliver two bouncers per over, enabling bowlers to keep batsmen guessing and offering greater tactical flexibility.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat

The decision to incorporate this rule into the IPL reflects the BCCI's ongoing commitment to innovation and adaptation. While previous rule changes, such as the Impact rule introduced last year, faced criticism, the two-bouncer rule has been met with enthusiasm from players and fans alike. As the tournament progresses, observing how teams continue to navigate and exploit this newfound tactical advantage will be intriguing.

What players are talking about it? 

Sandeep Sharma: "The bowlers have got some help with it. Earlier, the batters were able to predict where the bowler would bowl if he has used his one-odd bouncer already. It would be easier for the batters to predict the bowling."

Sandeep Sharma
Sandeep Sharma

Nicholas Pooran: "It's a good rule. Especially when a guy comes in to bat, it's effective. If someone doesn't like the short ball, you can pepper him with a couple of them. But in saying that, we as players and bowlers need to do our homework as well. Some batsmen, they like the short ball as well."

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran

Liam Livingstone: "Playing a bouncer is something that you have to got to do as a batter in T20 cricket. Whether they can bowl one or two in an over, I don't think it really matters. If it is coming at your head you have to find a way to hit it for six and our job as a batter is to develop the skill to be able to do that.”

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone

He also adds, “Instead of trying to hit a yorker for six, you try to hit a bouncer for six because bowlers have got more options now. It will be more effective on bigger grounds. I am not too sure how many bouncers bowlers would want to bowl on a smaller ground with good wicket, we will see."

In summary, the introduction of the two-bouncer rule has injected fresh excitement into the IPL, contributing to the spectacle of the game and offering bowlers a valuable tool in their arsenal. With the season only just underway, there is much anticipation surrounding how this rule will shape the dynamics of matches in the weeks to come.

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