Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), the world’s biggest franchise cricket league is set to kickstart from September 19 in UAE. In this article, we take a look at 5 contenders who could win the Purple Cap in the 2020 IPL.
The advent of the Indian Premier League has transformed the landscape for bowlers. Over the years, many T20 legends – Lasith Malinga and Dwayne Bravo have won the Purple Cap, which is the highest accolade given to the leading wicket-taker in a season.
Not only seamers, but spinners have also stamped their authority in the tournament. In the 2019 edition of the IPL, CSK’s Imran Tahir became only the second spinner to win the Purple Cap.
Without much ado, lets’ find out who can prove to be lethal for the batsmen in the upcoming IPL 2020.
Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Heralded as of the greatest seamers of modern-day cricket, Pat Cummins is a strong contender to win the purple cap. He was roped in by KKR for Rs. 15.50 crore, thereby becoming the most expensive foreign buy at the auction.
Although Cummins hasn’t yet enjoyed a success IPL, his propensity to clock over 150 KPH will definitely make him a lethal arsenal in the KKR setup.
With a clean, orthodox action at his disposal, Cummins can bowl well-disguised bouncers and the sheer consistency that he has been successful in emanating through his outings in the past year or so promises a promising upcoming IPL campaign for him.
Imran Tahir (Chennai Super Kings)
Talismanic South African spinner Imran Tahir has led the spin attack of Chennai Super Kings over the last few seasons. Skipper MS Dhoni often hands him the ball in order to produce crucial breakthroughs.
Rightly so, Tahir emerged as the leading wicket-taker last year (26 wickets). His recent form in T20 leagues makes him a strong candidate to grab the Purple Cap, this season too.
Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Rashid Khan, ever since his foray has enjoyed an uphill climb and is one bowler who has joined elite ranks rather quickly in the shortest format.
In the age of T20 cricket where batsmen rule the roost, his quirky leggies stand out.
He was not as effective last year, however, his uncanny variations pose a serious to the batsmen. Notably, he is the leading wicket-taker (47) in T20Is since January 2018
Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Jasprit Bumrah has been the nucleus of Mumbai Indians pace attack for quite a few seasons.
He was their leading wicket-taker in the previous season, having accounted for 19 scalps at an average of 21.53.
Although Bumrah had a torrid run in international cricket following his comeback from lower-back injury, there is little doubt that he will make a turnaround.
Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings)
The South African pacer was an unknown commodity, but proved to be the most integral cog in CSK’s 2018 title win upon their return.
Ngidi has a very slithery bowling action and approach, which makes it difficult to judge the lines that he would deliver. If Ngidi manages to stay fit throughout the course of the upcoming season, he would arguably thrive whilst spearheading the bowling unit.
Most importantly, CSK will require his services because the implications of missing a quality international pacer were prevalent in certain phases of their run till the finals in 2019.