IPL, the biggest T20 league in the world is just round the corner as it will start on 19th September, 2020 when the defending champion Mumbai Indians will take on runners-up of the last season Chennai Super Kings. IPL 2020 is different than the previous editions as it will be played behind the closed doors. The tournament for the 2nd time in its history will not be played on the Indian soil and the players will be in action after the 6 months break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After a long break everyone is impatient to be back in action and they are hungry for the making runs and taking wickets.
In Indian Premier League we have seen some staggering batting performances from different players. Every season the highest run getter is awarded with a significant gift i.e. Orange Cap. Over the years, IPL has seen many legendary players putting up an impressive show. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist and Chris Gayle have performed greatly. Here are the top 5 players who can win the orange cap this year.
Most of the cricketers were on forced rest for more than six months but Jos Buttler is the one who had a very impressive English summer this year as he h as made headlines several times. Buttler has been a fine addition in the Rajasthan Royals squad. He has made 859 runs with a staggering average of 47.72 and 153 strike rate in the last seasons. Jos Buttler is brutal in the powerplays plus he is also capable of anchoring the inning in the middle. He can also be destructive in the death overs which makes him the perfect choice for any T20 franchise. Rajasthan Royals will depend heavily on him and it won’t come as surprise if he scored most of the runs for his team and grab the orange cap.
KL Rahul is a top batsman in the T20 arena. He is the highest T20I ranked player from India and he was unstoppable before COVID-19 pandemic hit the entire world. Kings XI Punjab relies heavily on their captain and he has delivered every time with his bat. After his move to Punjab team he has been scoring runs at will. He scored 659 runs with an average of almost 55 and strike rate of 158.41. IN 2019 season the story was same with the bat for KL Rahul and this time with the added pressure of captaincy. Rahul scored 593 runs with an imposing average of 53.90. KXIP are hopeful that their captain will repeat his heroics once again.
Some eyebrows may raise on this name in the list but this extraordinary batsman from Punjab is being predicted as the future pillar of Indian batting. He is playing IPL since 2018 for KKR but he has not been tested as an opener where he averages almost 50. Now as Chris Lynn has been moved to Mumbai Indian so it is obvious that Gill will be the opening partner for Sunil Narine. This move can bring fruits for Shah Rukh Khan’s franchise. Gill was given a chance in the New Zealand series but he failed to impress so this is his opportunity to show the selectors that he is capable of Indian jersey.
The Australian opener has a love affair with the orange cap as he has won the orange cap thrice which is a record in IPL. In 2015, 2017 and 2019 he won the orange cap. In 2018 he was not playing due to ball-tempering ban and in 2016 he was the 2nd most run scorer with 848 runs when Kohli was simply unstoppable. He will be one of the strongest competitors for the orange cap as he has been in good touch against England in the recently concluded T20I series. He scored 58 runs in the first T20I but was out for a duck in the second.
India and RCB captain Virat Kohli is probably the strongest contender for the orange cap. He has been out of action for more than six months due to COVID-19 pandemic. But now after the resumption of cricket, King Kohli will be looking for some runs as it’s been a while, he has not smashed the bowler all around the park. Kohli has won the orange cap once in his career and that was in year 2016 when Kohli came up with a stunning batting performance. He scored 973 runs with a breathtaking average of 81.08. he also scored 4 centuries in that season. Kohli will be looking to repeat the 2016 performance again as he has not won any title yet with RCB.
List of all the Orange Cap holders
- 2008 – Shaun Marsh played for Kings XI Punjab, he made 616 at 66.84
- 2009 – Matthew Hayden, played for Chennai Super Kings, he made 572 runs at 52.00
- 2010 – Sachin Tendulkar, played for Mumbai Indians, he scored 618 runs at 47.53.
- 2011 – Chris Gayle, played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, he scored 608 runs at 67.55.
- 2012 – Chris Gayle, played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, he scored 733 runs at 52.35.
- 2013 – Michael Hussey, played for Chennai Super Kings, he scored 733 runs at 52.35.
- 2014 – Robin Uthappa, played for Kolkata Knight Riders, he made 660 runs at 44.00
- 2015 – David Warner, played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he made 562 runs at 43.23.
- 2016 – Virat Kohli, played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, he made 973 runs at 81.08.
- 2017 – David Warner, played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he made 646 runs at 58.27.
- 2018 – Kane Williamson, played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he made 735 runs at 52.50
- 2019 – David Warner, played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he made 692 runs at 69.20.