IPL 2020 is just few days away now and the hype has reached the Himalayan heights as after loads of speculations, this prestigious tournament is starting on 19th September, 2020. This year’s edition of Indian Premier League will be different than all the previous ones as it will be played behind the closed doors due to pandemic. All the teams are bound to play in three venues and kind of wickets that these venues will offer has become a very critical aspect in the tournament. You can also check out the Chennai Super Kings Team Preview.
The squads were selected according to the Indian conditions but after the COVID-19 pandemic situation in India the league has to be either cancelled or shifted to other country. BCCI managed to host the league in UAE and the pitches there will be bowling friendly especially spin bowlers. The bowling department has become the lifeline for each time. All the teams have been equipped with very good bowling unit who can destroy the opponent but today we are going to predict who will be the leading wicket taker of the 2020 edition of IPL. Here is Baaythak’s prediction of top 5 competitors for the purple cap this year.
This South African sensation was the sole reason behind the staggering show by Delhi Capitals in last season. He single handedly took his team into the play-offs due to his breathtaking bowling performance. Rabada picked 25 wickets in the last season with a very impressive economy of 7.82 and he bowled most of his overs at the death. 19 of his 25 wickets that he got in 2019 season were taken between 16th to 20th over. In 2020 season he is available for the whole season and this will make him the top contender for the purple cap.
Another 41 years old South African, Imran Tahir is a very established name in the franchise leagues all around the globe. He has got all the experience to make the batsmen dance on his deliveries. He was the top wicket taker in the last season with 26 wickets with a staggering economy rate of 6.69. He was used by MS Dhoni very well and he delivered in all the crisis situations for the captain. UAE conditions will suit him and he can easily retain the purple cap with him. Last season he bowled 50 overs in the middle stage of the innings with an economy rate of 5.98 runs per over.
Probably the best leg spinner India have, Yuzi Chahal has not won the purple cap in the 7 seasons he played so far. That’s a bit surprising but Bangalore has not got any help for the spinners so that is the reason he has not been able to grab the purple cap yet. He has taken 100 wickets in IPL so far and this time as the IPL is being played in UAE there are strong chances that Chahal end the season with the purple cap on his head.
Chahal has not got a good bowling mate in previous seasons but this time RCB has got a very strong bowling unit which will definitely help Yuzvendra Chahal to take some wickets. In previous two seasons Chahal has bowled 25 overs in powerplay phase and has taken 5 wickets, in middle stages of the game he has taken 16 wickets after bowling 61 overs. At the death, he has taken 8 wickets after bowling 13 overs. All in all Chahal has all the chances to become the top wicket taker in this season as the conditions will also be favorable to him.
Deepak Chahar had a very good outing in the 2019 edition of IPL as he was the 3rd leading wicket taker. He was considered as a powerplay specialist but last season, he showed what eh can do at the death overs. He bowled almost 10 overs at the death and gave away 78 runs with an economy rate of 8 which is very impressive. Chahar faced a drawback after testing positive for COVID-19 but he is very hopeful to feature in the inaugural match of the IPL against Mumbai Indians. He may miss few matches but the slow nature of the UAE wickets is ideal for Deepak Chahar and you should not be surprised at the end of the league that Chahar won the purple cap even after testing positive for COVID-19.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has not been impressive in the last two seasons for Sunrisers Hyderabad but he is an experienced campaigner and has won the purple caps twice. He has been the front-line bowler for SRH for four years now. Tough he has not been at his utmost best in previous two seasons but he is a class bowler who can come in handy in critical situations. In the year 2017 he picked 18 wickets but in 2018 and 2019 combined he only tool 15 wickets. If he finds his rhythm then there will be no stopping this clever and intelligent bowler.
List of Purple Cap winners in the Last 12 Editions
- 2008 – Sohail Tanvir played for Rajasthan Royals and got 22 wickets
- 2009 – RP Singh played for Deccan Chargers and got 23 wickets.
- 2010 – Pragyan Ojha played for Deccan Chargers and got 23 wickets.
- 2011 – Lasith Malinga played for Mumbai Indians and got 28 wickets.
- 2012 – Morne Morkel played for Delhi Daredevils and got 25 wickets.
- 2013 – Dwayne Bravo played for Chennai Super Kings and got 32 wickets.
- 2014 – Mohit Sharma played for Chennai Super Kings and got 23 wickets.
- 2015 – Dwayne Bravo played for Chennai Super Kings and got 26 wickets.
- 2016 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and got 23 wickets.
- 2017 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and got 26 wickets.
- 2018 – Andrew Tye played for Kings XI Punjab and got 24 wickets.
- 2019 – Imran Tahir played for Chennai Super Kings and got 26 wickets.