Top 4 Players who can win the Purple Cap in IPL 2020
The much-awaited IPL 2020 is all set to blow its whistle from September 19 after overcoming all the obstacles. Finally, the fans are ready to watch their favorite players back on the field and setting the stage on fire with their performances.
At the moment, all the franchises and their players are indulged with the preparations for the world’s biggest T20 tournament. Courtesy to BCCI, who left no stone unturned in making the impossible thing possible. Like every season, this year will also many new players are expected to leave their impact with the bat and ball. Meanwhile, some players will aim to win the prestigious IPL awards like the purple cap, orange cap, etc.
As per the rules, a purple cap is given to the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. And, there is going to be a tough battle between some of the best in the business. The fans will be in a dilemma over which bowler might win this award at the end of this season. So, to clear this confusion, we have picked the top four contenders of winning ‘Purple Cap’ this season after reviewing the conditions, performances, and form of the players.
Top 4 contenders of Purple Cap in IPL 2020:
1. Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah is currently India’s best fast-bowler across all the formats. He is plying his traits for Mumbai Indians since 2013. Earlier, there were questions raised over his unusual bowling action. But, he has shut down his critics by seriously raising the bars of bowling in international cricket. He is a vital cog MI’s pace-bowling attack. His on-point yorkers in death overs and variations make him more dangerous for any world-class batsmen in the world. His ability to take wickets can be judged over the fact that he dismissed Virat Kohli in his debut IPL game.
He has achieved a lot in international cricket and IPL in the past years. But, he has always failed to get his hands on the purple cap award that is given to the leading wicket-taker of the IPL season. And, he will aim to finish his drought of the purple cap by performing extraordinarily well in UAE. Overall, he has taken 82 wickets off 77 games. It is expected to be a Jasprit Bumrah Special in IPL 2020.
2. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan is currently the number one bowler in the shorter format. A bowler from Afghanistan has certainly made his place among the best spinners in the history of international cricket. He is currently one of the most demanded spinners across the world in franchise cricket. He is coming into the IPL after performing astonishingly well in Caribbean Premier League.
Every season, he comes close to winning the purple cap. But, always missed out on getting his hands over it. However, looking forward to his form with the ball, the day is not far that he will grab his first purple cap award in IPL. And, who knows IPL 2020 is going to be his best season so far. Rashid Khan plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad and he has played a significant role behind the success of his franchise in IPL. He is a perfect contender for winning the purple cap this season because of the conditions. Yes, it is known that IPL will be played in UAE where grounds give spinners an edge over batsmen. And, a bowler like Rashid Khan will surely like to exploit batsmen over the same.
3. Imran Tahir
For Imran Tahir, age is just a number and his performance is enhancing with age. In the previous season, he won the Purple Cap (26 wickets) for taking the most number of wickets while playing for Chennai Super Kings. The veteran leg-spinner from South Africa performed audaciously well in CPL 2020 for Guyana Amazon Warriors. He ended as the third leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets from 11 games. This shows that there is still a lot of turn left in his bowling and he will become more dangerous on the wickets of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
In the history of IPL, there is no bowler, who has retained a purple cap in back to back seasons as if now. But, Tahir has the ability to retain this title by winning it for the second time in a row. So far, he has taken 79 wickets off his 55 appearances in the Indian Premier League.
4. Kagiso Rabada
The South African quick hogged the spotlight after he defended 5 runs in a super over against KKR. Although, he is reckoned as one of the finest bowlers in international cricket. But, that game in which he defended 5 runs against KKR changed the whole scenario for the Proteas player.
He is quite lethal and deadly with the ball. Rabada was bowling consistently at a pace of and above 140 km/hr in the previous edition. IPL 2019 turned out to be the best season for the 25-year-old in which he ended up taking 25 wickets from 12 games. He was on second in terms of taking the most number of wickets in IPL 2019 after Imran Tahir with 26 wickets. However, in this season, he would be fully geared up to perform well for Delhi Capitals and win his first-ever purple cap award.