The orange cap is one of the most coveted awards of Indian Premier League (IPL) and is awarded to the leaded run-scorer of an edition. The award is a testimony to the runs amassed in the high-voltage tournament.
Over the years, some of the biggest foreign names in the business have dominated the orange cap. In this article, we take a stroll down memory lane to find out which foreigners will be the dark horse in the race to Orange cap during IPL 2020 in UAE.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow has played only season in the IPL, but has become one of the players that David Warner’s team has built itself around for this season.
Forming a lethal partnership with his captain at the top of the order, the Englishman scored 445 runs in just 10 games to finish as the 2019 IPL’s 10th highest run-scorer.
Bairstow’s white-ball prowess is no secret, and he has made an opening slot in the England limited-overs setups his own. The 30-year-old exhibited his strokeplay and aggression in the recently concluded ODI series against Ireland, in which he scored a 41-ball 82 studded with 14 fours and 2 sixes.
Bairstow has a solid supporting cast around him at SRH and can play his natural game right from the outset. He could well become the third SRH batsman to win the Orange Cap, after Warner and Williamson.
Buttler, who will be donning the Rajasthan Royals jersey boast of an incredible limited-overs prowess, and since joining RR, he has elevated his game to a whole new level. In his two seasons at Jaipur, the 29-year-old has scored 548 runs in 13 games and 311 runs in 8 games respectively.
Buttler has shown unparalleled levels of consistency at the top of the order, with opposition bowlers having no answer to his wide range of shots in the powerplay. In the 2020 edition of the IPL, we could see him become the first-ever RR player to win the Orange Cap.
AB de Villiers
The swashbuckling South African AB de Villiers is one of RCB’s greatest players of all time and barring a poor season in 2017, has been incredibly consistent for the team. In the 2019 IPL, the South African scored 442 runs at an average of 44.20 and a strike rate of 154.00, which are both higher than his career averages in the tournament.
De Villiers seems to be ageing like fine wine and with RCB finding the UAE as a favourable venue, he and his team have the resources and drive to bring their maiden IPL title home.
AB de Villiers will need to step up to the plate if Kohli’s men are to mount a title challenge and the 36-year-old might just become the third RCB batsman to win the Orange Cap.