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 Indian names in the business have dominated the orange cap. In this article, we take a stroll down memory lane to find out which Indian cricketer will be the dark horse in the race to Orange cap during IPL 2020 in UAE.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma had a lean IPL 2019 and in fact he found his touch late into the tournament. He scored 405 runs from 15 matches with just two fifties and ended up 15th on the batsmen’s chart. But as a captain, Rohit was on the money that landed Mumbai their fourth IPL title. Rohit will be eager to reverse his run as a batsman while maintaining the grip as captain in IPL 2020.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) superstar Suresh Raina has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the history of the IPL, leading to him being given the moniker ‘Mr. IPL’.
The elegant southpaw has scored over 350 runs in all IPL seasons (more than 400 runs in 10 seasons as well) and is the second-highest run-scorer in the league behind only Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli. However, Raina has never won the Orange Cap in all his years in the IPL.
The CSK No. 3 now finds himself outside the Indian team and clearly has a point to prove in the upcoming IPL edition. An excellent season for MS Dhoni’s men could well win him an international recall, and Raina himself will be highly motivated to prove his detractors, who claim that he is far past his prime, wrong.
CSK’s fortunes also hinge on Raina, and he will have to be at his best on the turning pitches of UAE if they are to seriously fight for the title.
Rishabh Pant for India and Rishabh Pant in the IPL are two completely different entities, as the wicket-keeper splendid 2019 IPL season’s suggested. In 16 games, the 22-year-old amassed 488 runs to finish as the season’s 7th highest run-scorer.
Pant has lost his place in the Test side to Wriddhiman Saha and in the ODI side to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) captain KL Rahul. With him having faced criticism from all corners of the cricketing fraternity, the southpaw will be keen on silencing his naysayers.
Under the captaincy of Shreyas Iyer at the Delhi Capitals (DC), Pant is one of the centrepieces of a team brimming with youth and experience. With a host of veterans to guide him, most notably coach Ricky Ponting, the Delhi man could have another record-breaking season in the IPL.
Pant has the freedom to express himself at DC, and he is one to watch out for in the upcoming IPL.