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5 Leading Contenders for the IPL 2020 Orange Cap

5 Leading Contenders for the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 | LeoVegas

The glitz and glamour of the IPL, which derives from the top-class cricketers on show and the sheer passion of the public, is unrivalled when it comes to T20 Leagues.

When March rolls around, attention turns to the IPL, such has been its impact over the past decade. The world’s best white-ball cricketers descend on India for six weeks of drama-filled action, with the ultimate goal being to lift the prized, golden trophy.

However, this year’s plans have been thrown into the air due to the present outbreak. IPL 2020 has been postponed until mid-April, with uncertainty as to whether the tournaments will go ahead and whether the supporters will be allowed in the stadiums.

Should the tournament go ahead, we will be treated to wonderful white-ball batsmen in action once again. Each year, batsmen wow fans with their 360-degree ability, serving up a dose of fours and sixes that send millions into a frenzy.

The sheer number of talented batsmen makes the Orange Cap discussion an intriguing one. Let’s take a look at five of the most intriguing batsmen of the season.

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5. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, one of the finest white-ball players to ever grace the game, has a huge season ahead of him. The RCB and India skipper endured a poor run of form in New Zealand recently, and given how Kohli has responded to lean periods in the past, one can back him to bounce back very well in this tournament.

If RCB are to break their long-awaited, and much publicized, duck in IPL cricket, skipper Kohli will most certainly have to play a key role alongside AB de Villiers.

Why is Virat Kohli a leading contender for the IPL 2020 Orange Cap?

  • The RCB captain is the highest run-scorer in IPL history (5,412)
  • Kohli remains the highest run-scorer in a single IPL season: 973 (2016)
  • He has 994 runs in the past two seasons at an average of 39.76, and is capable of stepping up even further

4. Rohit Sharma

It is a great mystery that the talented Rohit Sharma has never won the Orange Cap. A huge run-scorer for India in white-ball cricket, Rohit has been solid enough in IPL cricket without being his spectacular self; as fans know him in the light blue of India.

Mumbai Indians will be out to avoid another instance where they have a poor season after winning the IPL Title. Skipper Rohit Sharma will be key to that.

Why is Rohit Sharma a leading contender for the IPL 2020 Orange Cap?

  • This can be his season to win the Orange Cap, after topping the run-scoring charts in the 2019 World Cup, where he scored five centuries
  • Rohit is the third-highest run-scorer in IPL history (4,898)
  • His injury layoff can do him the world of good after playing non-stop throughout 2019

3. Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow’s rise in white-ball cricket has been a thing to behold. Crucial to England’s rise in white-ball cricket since the embarrassing exit at the 2015 World Cup, Bairstow has forged one of the strongest partnerships in ODI cricket with Jason Roy.

Bairstow made great strides in IPL 2019 - his debut campaign. With David Warner set to be by his side once again in this year’s league, England’s hard-hitting opening batsman will look to continue his fearless approach.

Why is Jonny Bairstow a leading contender for the IPL 2020 Orange Cap?

  • Bairstow scored 445 runs in 10 matches in his debut campaign, averaging an excellent 54.62 in the process
  • Together with David Warner, he was crucial to Sunrisers Hyderabad last season and has the capability of putting on huge partnerships
  • Bairstow’s rise in white-ball cricket has meant a fall from grace in Tests. So, he might not be picked for England’s Test team to play West Indies in early June, which means he will likely be available for the entire IPL season

2. David Warner

How can any IPL run-scoring discussion not include David Warner?

After missing the 2018 season due to the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner returned to IPL cricket in 2019 and played as if he had never left the pitch. There was rarely a time where he struggled for timing, as Sunrisers Hyderabad were blessed with so many great starts throughout their campaign.

Now, Warner - the new Sunrisers captain - will be keen to build further form with the T20 World Cup approaching later this year.

Why is David Warner a leading contender for the IPL 2020 Orange Cap?

  • No player has won this award more than Warner (three times)
  • Warner’s IPL 2019 season was extraordinary. He scored 692 runs in 12 matches, finishing 99 runs ahead of second place, despite playing two less games
  • Warner is usually at the top of any list when it comes to one-day series and tournaments. The 2019 World Cup was a prime example

1. KL Rahul

It takes a special player to sit above the likes of David Warner in this discussion.

That player is KL Rahul.

Recently hailed by West Indies’ great Brian Lara, KL Rahul has come leaps and bounds in white-ball cricket in recent months. His form for India has been superb, regardless of where he has batted, which suggests his confidence is sky-high.

Like Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad, KL Rahul is the new captain of Kings XI Punjab, and he will be key to ensuring that his team doesn't suffer any late-season fadeouts this time around.

Why is KL Rahul a leading contender for the IPL 2020 Orange Cap?

  • KL Rahul has been in superb touch in the last two IPL campaigns. He has scored a total of 1,252 runs at an average of 54.43 and strike rate of 146.60
  • He finished among the top three run-scorers on both occasions
  • Since November 2019, Rahul has scored 1,097 runs in white-ball cricket for India. 562 came in T20Is at an average of 51.09, while an equally-impressive 535 came in ODIs at 66.88

T20 can be a fickle game, but the consistency of these five players is what often separates them from the rest and we’re confident they have what it takes to produce the goods for their respective teams.

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