We are all set to welcome a whole new era of the IPL, with a new naming partner in the form of Tata and the introduction of two new teams in the form of Gujarat Titans and the Lucknow Super Giants. The Mega Auction saw all the franchises build the lineup for the foreseeable future and there are some big hitters in each team, each with the potential to win the coveted orange cap. In this article, we will talk you through 5 players who we think, can stake a claim to win the orange cap this year.
Number 1. Virat Kohli
He is without a doubt, one of the best batters in the world across all the formats, who is currently going through a rough patch. He will be looking to get back to his free-scoring ways and what better way to do it than with an orange cap performance in the IPL. With the burden of captaincy now off his shoulder, Virat will be able to experiment with his shots and settle himself into the tournament. Yes, many people have written him off, but we have a feeling that VK will hit the ground running from the first game itself.
Overall, Virat Kohli has 6283 runs in his IPL career at an average of 37.39, with 5 centuries and 42 half-centuries to his name, which is no joke. Watch out for him this season, he will surely get firing.
Number 2. David Warner
A player who is no stranger to owning the Orange Cap throughout an IPL season is David Warner. The mega auctions saw the Delhi Capitals pick up Warner on an absolute cheap and if you look at his current run of form, there is no denying that he will be scoring a lot of runs for the Capitals and in the process, stake a claim on the Orange Cap.
Warner has 5449 runs in 150 IPL matches at an incredible average of 41.59, including four centuries and 50 half-centuries.
David Warner has frequently taken his time out in the middle during the early stages of innings in recent years. With Prithvi Shaw set to open the batting beside him, the Indian batsman will lay the groundwork for the Australian to construct his innings slowly, like he did at Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Number 3. Ishan Kishan
According to the way the Mumbai Indians handled their retentions and auction, it appears as though Ishan Kishan is slated to start the batting alongside Rohit Sharma in 2022. The southpaw amassed 516 runs in the 2020 season, opening the batting on multiple occasions for the Mumbai Indians. At the top of the order, the youngster is a force to be reckoned with, as he is not hesitant to take risks in the early overs.
Ishan Kishan will have the freedom to play his natural game with someone of Rohit Sharma’s caliber opening the innings alongside him. Additionally, the 23-year-game old’s has matured over the last couple of years, as he has improved his ability to keep the scoreboard moving by shifting the field. He is still a strong contender for the Orange Cap in the IPL 2022 season.
Number 4. Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper, will be looking to make an immediate impression with his new franchise. So far in 87 IPL outings, the Mumbai-based batsman has 2375 runs at an average of 31.66. He amassed 519 runs in the 2020 season, his greatest total in the IPL to date. The 27-year-old has been in superb form recently, winning the Player-of-the-Series accolade in last month’s three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka.
Shreyas Iyer should bat at number three for Kolkata Knight Riders this season, and he could be a strong candidate for the Orange Cap. With the ICC T20 World Cup just six months away, the Indian middle-order hitter will aim to establish his worth and let his bat speak for itself.
Number 5. KL Rahul
The last few seasons of the IPL have seen KL Rahul evolve into one of the most destructive batters in the tournament. Last season alone, he amassed 626 runs in 13 innings last season at a staggering average of 62.60. He has an average of over 50 in each of his last four seasons, and he is expected to continue shining in this glamourous league.
KL Rahul will open the batting for Lucknow Super Giants alongside Quinton de Kock of the Proteas. With someone like De Kock beginning the batting alongside him, KL Rahul would be able to establish himself in the middle before attempting the huge strokes.