Tushar Deshpande: The First Ever Impact Player Of The IPL

Tushar Deshpande

Tushar Deshpande is an Indian cricketer most famous for being the first ever impact player in the IPL. Tushar Deshpande earned this unique achievement while playing for the Chennai Super Kings during the 2023 IPL season. While Tushar Deshpande hasn’t been able to establish himself on the Indian National cricket team, he has played well in the IPL and domestic cricket.

Here Are Some Cool Facts About Tushar Deshpande

Tushar Deshpande is 28 years old

Tushar Deshpande was born on 15 May 1995 in Kalyan, Mumbai. Tushar Deshpande ended up playing domestic cricket for Mumbai as well. Tushar Deshpnde’s father’s name is Uday Deshpande and his mother’s name is Vandana Deshpande.

Tushar Deshpande completed his education in Mumbai

He received his education from a private school in Mumbai. After this, to complete his studies, he was admitted to RA Podar College Commerce and Economics. From where he has completed his B.Com studies.

Tushar Deshpande started his cricket career in 2016

Tushar started his cricket career for the Maharashtra team around the 2016-17 season. He then played his debut match in the Renault Trophy 2017–18 season for the Maharashtra team against Bengaluru.

Tushar Deshpande was adjudged the Best Bowler in Maharashtra

He won the Best Bowler title for Maharashtra in the 2018-19 season and helped the team by taking 20 wickets. He then played for Maharashtra and Rangoli for India A in the Rajasthan Trophy 2019–20 season.

Tushar Deshpande’s IPL debut for the Delhi Capitals in 2020

Tushar Deshpande made his IPL debut in the 2020 Indian Premier League, playing for the Delhi Capitals team. He played a total of five matches this season and took three wickets.

Tushar Deshpande started his IPL career in the year 2020. Tushar Deshpande was bought by Delhi Capitals for a price of Rs 20 lakh and made a part of their team.

Tushar Deshpande was bought by the Chennai Super Kings next

In 2022, Chennai Super Kings placed a bid on Tushar Deshpande and bought him for Rs 20 lakh and made him a part of their team and let him play in two matches. Tushar Deshpande failed to make a mark and only took one wicket over two matches.

Now in the year 2022, the Chennai Super Kings bought Tushar Deshpande for Rs 20 lakh and his performance improved dramatically. The right arm medium pace bowler took 10 wickets during the tournament.

Tushar Deshpande has an eight figure net worth

Tushar earns through Cricket and Brand Endorsement are two sources from which he earns and net worth is estimated at 1.5 Crore Indian Rupees in 2022.

Tushar Deshpande is the first ever impact player of the IPL

While Tushar Deshpande’s 2023 IPL season looked quite promising as he scalped 10 wickets in the tournament, the thing he will be most remembered by, is the fact that he earned the distinction of being the first ever impact player of the IPL. The Impact Player was introduced in the 2023 edition of the IPL to spice things up. As per the impact player rule, a team could choose to replace a player by the 14th over of the innings. 

The rule was implemented for the first time by Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He included fast bowler Tushar Deshpande in the playing-11 in place of Ambati Rayudu who was batting. All this happened when the Chennai Super Kings had scored 178 runs for 7 wickets in the first innings and the Gujarat Titans had come out to chase the target of 179 runs. This had changed even before batting. 

This allowed Tushar Deshpande’s name to be recorded in the IPL record books forever. After the toss, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni listed the following players as probable “Impact Players”: Tushar Deshpande, Subhranshu Senapati, Sheikh Rashid, Ajinkya Rahane, and Nishant Sindhu. Eventually, Tushar Deshpande was chosen as the Impact Player for the Chennai Super Kings. The opposing Gujarat Titans team also fielded their Impact Player in the match. Titans captain Hardik Pandya chose B Sai Sudarshan as the team’s Impact Player. The five players listed as probable “Impact Players” for the Gujarat Titans were: B Sai Sudarshan, Jayant Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Abhinav Manohar, and KS Bharat.

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