In a recent Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), something unusual happened that caught the attention of cricket fans. RCB captain Virat Kohli led the team with Faf du Plessis as an Impact Player. But Kohli’s blunder at the toss has sparked a lot of discussions among cricket fans and experts.

Kohli leads RCB with du Plessis as Impact Player

In the IPL 2023 match between RCB and Punjab Kings (PBKS), Kohli led the team with du Plessis as an Impact Player. Du Plessis was previously the captain of RCB in the season, but he had to step down due to injuries. Kohli took over the captaincy, but du Plessis continued to play for RCB as a player. In the IPL 2023 match against PBKS, du Plessis could bat but not field due to an injury from RCB’s previous match. Therefore, RCB used the Impact Player rule and substituted du Plessis with Vyshak Kumar.

Kohli’s Blunder at the Toss

During a cricket match, the captain of one team, Virat Kohli, made a decision to reveal the name of a player who would be substituted later in the game. However, he wrongly referred to the player as an “Impact Player”. This decision did not make the fans happy. In the end, the other team won the toss and decided to bowl. They included the player that Kohli named, du Plessis, in the starting team and replaced him with another player, Vyshak Kumar, as the substitute.

Kohli's blunder
The team won the toss and replaced Kohli with Vyshak Kumar

Mumbai Indians’ similar move

Playing only as a batter in the IPL was not a new experience for a captain. Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma had handed the captaincy to Suryakumar Yadav in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) only to return as an Impact Player once it was MI’s turn to bat. The cricketing community widely appreciated Sharma’s decision, as it assisted MI in securing a win against KKR.

Impact Player Rule and its Significance

The Impact Player rule was introduced in the IPL in 2023. The rule allows teams to replace a player who is unable to continue playing due to an injury or illness. The Impact Player rule lets teams pick a substitute player who can bat or bowl in case of an unexpected injury. Before the start of the match, teams must select a substitute player who cannot be replaced later. The purpose of this rule is to ensure that the teams do not face any disadvantage due to unexpected situations such as injuries.


Kohli’s blunder at the toss and his decision to reveal the name of the Impact Player have raised questions about the understanding of the rules among players and team management. However, the use of the Impact Player rule has become increasingly common in the IPL, and it has proved to be a useful tool for teams to overcome injuries and other unforeseen circumstances. As the IPL continues to evolve, we can expect to see more innovative uses of the Impact Player rule and other strategies to gain an edge in the highly competitive tournament.