Gujarat Titans all-rounder Vijay Shankar discussed the challenges of the new two-bouncer per-over rule in IPL 2024 during a virtual press meet.

Gujarat Titans all-rounder Vijay Shankar offered his thoughts on the new IPL rule allowing two bouncers per over, highlighting the tactical challenges it presents for both bowlers and batters.

Shankar, a key member of the Titans’ championship run in 2022 and a runner-up finish in 2023, shared that the new rule adds an interesting layer to the game. While it might seem to favour batters, Shankar argued that it requires both the bowling and batting sides to be tactically aware.

“It has been a very tricky one; as a bowler, you can’t keep bowling that (bouncers). As a batter, if you set up and hit one or two boundaries, then for a bowler to go to another plan is not easy. As a bowler, one has to use that in the right way. There are a few grounds in India that are big in terms of square boundaries, and on those venues, every fast-bowler will use bouncers,” Shankar said during a virtual press conference, as quoted by News18.

Shankar also emphasised the need for batters to be prepared for anything. “Usually, after the first bouncer is bowled, as a batter, you then become ready to hit the stripes. Now it is that anytime the bouncer can be bowled, or they can even use a slower bouncer. So, we need to be smart as a batting unit and be prepared for the different kinds of deliveries one can face in a game,” Shankar added.

Shankar, however, failed to impress with his performances in the earlier matches of the Gujarat Titans against MI and CSK. Hence, he might look forward to a successful knock today, on March 31st, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

At the same time, the Gujarat Titans would try to bounce back from their away loss against the Chennai Super Kings, as they currently sit in the eighth position in the IPL points table.

Last Updated on March 31, 2024