How much impact has the Impact Player rule had on IPL 2023?

While the rule has given local players more chances to shine, high-impact batting innings from subs have been few. Could some suffer from coming into the game cold?

Matt Roller
Matt Roller
Halfway through Royal Challengers Bangalore's game against Delhi Capitals on Saturday afternoon, history told Faf du Plessis that they had enough runs. "In normal circumstances in a day game, 175 [174] feels like a really good score," he said after the game.
"[But] with the new rule - the extra batter - you just feel like you need more runs…" he added. "You feel like it's maybe 10 or 15 runs you need to get more." After taking four early wickets, Royal Challengers eventually closed out a 23-run victory, but the batting depth enabled by the new rule saw Lalit Yadav walk out as low as No. 9 in Capitals' chase.
Du Plessis' analysis was near-perfect. The average first-innings score in IPL 2023 so far is 183.4. It was 12.3 runs lower in IPL 2022 at 171.1; at the equivalent stage in the tournament, it was 8.8 runs lower at 174.6. There have been as many 200-plus totals chased down this year as there have sub-190 totals defended (two of each).