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Slow Over Rate Rule in IPL: What is It, Why is It Important, And What is The Punishment?

Sangeeta Viswas
1 month ago

Slow Over Rate Rule in IPL: What is It, Why is It Important, And What is The Punishment? Captains in the IPL are having a headache thanks to the slow over-rate rule! Big names like Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shubman Gill, and now Hardik Pandya have all been fined for it. Pandya got a cool ₹12 lakh penalty for his team’s slow bowling against the Punjab Kings.

But Wait, What Exactly is This Slow Over Rate Thing?

Think of it like this: if a team doesn’t bowl all their overs within a set time, that’s a slow over rate. In the IPL, all 20 overs need to be bowled within 90 minutes (or 1.5 hours).

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That includes two breaks (called strategic timeouts) of 2.5 minutes each, but not DRS reviews or injury time. So, if a team falls behind on overs, it’s slow over rate time.

And What’s The Punishment? Buckle Up!

  • First offense: Captain coughs up ₹12 lakh.
  • Second offense: The Captain pays a whopping ₹24 lakh, and the rest of the team gets fined ₹6 lakh or 25% of their match fee (whichever is lower).
  • Third offense: Captain gets fined again (₹30 lakh this time) and sits out a match! The rest of the team coughs up ₹12 lakh or half their match fee (ouch!).

Why is This Rule Even A Thing? Here’s The Lowdown:

  • Keeps things on time and exciting for fans. A slow game drags on, and who wants to see that?
  • Messes with team strategies. Captains might have to change their plans on the fly because of limited time.
  • Worn-out bowlers have less impact. Bowling for too long can tire out the bowlers, making them less effective.
  • Unfair advantage for the bowling team? Extra time bowling can disrupt the batting team’s rhythm, especially those crucial death overs.

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So, the next time you’re watching an IPL match and the bowling seems slow, you’ll know why the slow over-rate rule exists!

What do you think about the slow over-rate rule? Is it fair? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!

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