Who Will Win the Orange Cap at IPL 2020?
The IPL ranks among the most significant online cricket betting opportunities of the year, and the batsmen are often the biggest stars. See who we think will finish the tournament as a top scorer and pick up the 2020 Orange Cap for their efforts.
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The 2020 IPL is fast approaching. The action gets underway on March 29 and runs until May 17. With the player auction complete and the squads being in place, attention turns to betting opportunities on those that are to rank among the top performers.
What is the Orange Cap?
The Orange Cap is one of several awards presented to players that perform best during the IPL season. Initially introduced one week after the start of the first IPL tournament, the highest-scoring batsman in the tournament earns the overall Orange Cap award.
While the tournament plays out, the highest-scoring batsman entering each matchday holds the right to the Orange Cap. While helmets are preferred while batting, the current incumbent is entitled to wear the easily recognisable headgear on the field.
New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum became the first player to put on the Cap during competitive play, while Shaun Marsh of Australia became the first permanent recipient back in 2008.
The list of winners since inception reads like a who’s who of the legendary batsmen of a generation. Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa and Virat Kohli ensure Indian representation on the roll of honor, while David Warner and Chris Gayle are multiple-time winners of the award.
Orange Cap Contenders at IPL 2020
With the next IPL coming very soon, attention turns to who might receive the Orange Cap next. As a tournament that attracts the very best players from around the world, competition is always intense.
With form playing a massive part in predictions and online cricket betting, we can go on past performance and current form in making our selections. While T20 cricket is always unpredictable, we confidently expect the following batsmen to put on impressive showings.
As far as form picks go, they do not come any more consistent than Australia’s David Warner. As mentioned, the left-hander brings a mix of aggression, power and style that makes him ready-made for the demands of T20 cricket. As the only three-time winner of the Orange Cap and current holder from the 2019 tournament, punters and management at SunRisers Hyderabad alike will hope for more of the big performances.
A legend of Indian cricket, Rohit Sharma is the second-highest-paid player in the 2020 edition of the IPL, right behind Virat Kohli. If the Mumbai Indians are to defend their 2019 title, they will need their superstar batsman in top shape.
As of this time, Sharma holds the highest position in the ICC T20 batting rankings of any Indian player. He’s residing in the seventh position among all international players.
Another Indian legend. Virat Kohli certainly has the pedigree as he holds the record for the most runs scored in a single IPL season. After he scored 973 he was on the way to pick up the 2016 Orange Cap. Kohli is not just marginally ahead either, as New Zealander Kane William takes the second place on the list of winners, with a comparatively modest 735 runs in the 2018 season.
As the highest run-scorer in IPL history, with 5,412 in total as we approach the 2020 season, Virat Kohli will be as eager as ever to build on his current record. India’s captain always has a strong innings in his arsenal and his consistency could see him over the line for the second Orange Cap of his illustrious career.
If the Kolkata Knight Riders are to live up to their billing among the bookmakers’ favourites for the 2020 IPL title, they’ll rely heavily on England’s all-time ODI top scorer. While the team is perhaps most fancied for its bowling line-up, no team wins titles on only one side of the field. With a destructive bowling line-up featuring the likes of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, the Knight Riders will look to their single overseas batsman for dynamic performances at the crease.
Betting on the Orange Cap
Punters are spoilt for choice at the IPL and, if nothing else, the race for the Orange Cap is always thrilling to watch. While single winnings do not make a tournament, the nature of T20 cricket means plenty of high scores that make every game well worth a watch.
For the tournament as a whole, bettors should consider the winning team and their star performers. It is no coincidence that the best-performing sides tend to contain the highest-scoring batsmen. However, the top scorer doesn’t always come from the winning team. Last year, David Warner’s SunRisers Hyderabad finished fourth in the league standings before being eliminated in the first playoff round. Nevertheless, the best teams play more matches and that means more scoring opportunities.
Big names also tend to perform best, hence why they attract the most substantial bids at the auction. On an international scale, Robin Uthappa is perhaps the smallest-name winner of all, which tells you all you need to know about the level at which the top batsmen reside. Incidentally, Uthappa will represent the Rajasthan Royals at the 2020 tournament and will price up at good value should you fancy him to repeat his 2014 performance when he played for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
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