Orange cap is always significant in IPL and it’s going to be even more significant in IPL 2020 because this season has started on a very competitive note. It can be understood from the fact that in the 6 game-days of the tournament so far, none of the teams has been able to win two games in a row yet.
Batting was always going to be a bit tricky in UAE given the fact that UAE pitches are conventionally low and slow in nature, but since the curators have left a bit of grass on the wickets this year, we have seen some of the remarkable innings so far.
Here are the players who currently stand the best chance of winning orange cap in IPL 2020 –
#1 Faf du Plessis
Not too many people would have backed Faf du Plessis to be in the orange cap race because his spot in the CSK XI was not certain, however he got his opportunity at no. 3 and he seems to have grabbed it both hands as he is at no. 2 in the run-scoring chart at the moment with two half-centuries in two games.
#2 KL Rahul
KL Rahul registered the highest ever score by an Indian player in the IPL last night as he scored 132 runs off just 69 balls against RCB to power his team to a score of 200 on a big ground and under really tricky batting conditions. Rahul is holding the orange cap at this stage and people wouldn’t be surprised if he walks out of the tournament with the orange cap as well.
#3 Rohit Sharma
It won’t be an overstatement to say that Rohit hasn’t come to IPL 2020 with supreme fitness, but that hasn’t affected his batting skills at all, as he smashed KKR attack to all corners in Mumbai’s previous outing in Abu Dhabi.
Given the fact that Rohit is a superb player against both pace and spin, he can maintain his spot among the top-run scorers right through the duration of the tournament despite the pitches changing their nature.
#4 Mayank Agarwal
Kings XI Punjab has left the mighty Chris Gayle on the bench and has decided to open with Mayank Agarwal this season which is paying great dividends. Agarwal just fell short of winning KXIP their first game single-handedly, but the knock that he played sent the message to the rest of the competition that he is going to be a fluent run-scorer this season.
#5 Sanju Samson
The ease with which Sanju Samson hit the ball out of the ground in his first outing against CSK, it was a sight to behold. Rather than emphasizing on power, Samson emphasized on timing and hit the ball a long way. The young wicket-keeper batsman of Rajasthan Royals can be a real threat to the opposition bowling attacks, going forward in the tournament.
#6 Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli might not have gone past the score of 20 in either of the two games he has played so far, but he is one of the best batsmen in the world across formats and a batsman with as much quality as him can’t be written off on the basis of just two performances. People might get to see a significant turnaround from Kohli in the coming games.