IPL 2022 – One bowler from each team who can win the purple cap this season
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin on March 26. The opening match of the IPL 2022 will be held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium between reigning champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and another finalist Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Unlike the previous season, two additional franchises will compete for the title: Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Gujarat Titans (GT).
Numerous players will also try to perform well with both the bat and the ball in order to reach personal milestones and claim the orange cap (most runs) or purple cap (most wickets). On that topic, let’s take a look at some of the squad’s potential purple cap candidates.
Number 1. Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Due to his ability to take wickets at any stage of the game, ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah will always be a contender for the purple crown. The right-arm pacer has been skipper Rohit Sharma’s go-to bowler for years and continues to remain so. Bumrah’s speed and precision are two of his most dangerous weapons.
Bumrah has been a standout performer for the five-time winners, and the club will once again look to the pacer with the ball in hand to replicate his exploits. The fast pacer has appeared in 106 IPL matches and taken a total of 130 wickets.
Bumrah is also quite timid when it comes to providing runs. He has a remarkable economy rate of 7.42. The right-arm bowler will attempt to replicate his performance in the 2020 IPL, when he won the purple cap after taking 27 wickets in just 14 matches.
Number 2. Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)
He is no longer the brash kid that ignited the IPL’s early years. Dwayne Bravo is now one of the team’s most senior members, with many believing that this will be the year he relinquishes control of the bowling attack to someone younger. Bravo, we feel, still has one excellent season left in him, and this year’s tournament may just see Bravo at his prime.
Bravo has 157 wickets at an economy rate of 8.36 in 151 IPL games. During the death overs, the right-arm bowler has been skipper Dhoni’s go-to guy. Bravo has 1537 runs at a strike rate of 130.25 with the bat.
He is also a superb fielder and will give his all to help CSK defend their crown. Bravo will once again be tasked with the burden of making critical breakthroughs for his team and attempting to earn the purple hat.
Number 3. Axar Patel (Delhi Capitals)
Axar Patel, a left-handed all-rounder, has earned a name for himself in the Indian Premier League over the years. Axar, who made his IPL debut in 2013 for Punjab Kings, performed admirably for the organisation. In the 2019 Indian Premier League, when he was acquired by the Delhi Capitals. After two great seasons with DC, the franchise retained Axar for a hefty INR nine crore.
Axar has appeared in 109 IPL matches, taking 95 wickets at a strike rate of 24.16. Additionally, the 28-year-old is fairly frugal, surrendering runs at a rate of 7.22. He is also a capable batter, having scored 953 runs at a 125.33 strike rate.
Axar has been a standout performer for the Delhi franchise and will try to replicate his success in the forthcoming season. It remains to be seen whether captain Pant would deploy the left-arm spinner due to his proclivity for bowling tight lines under the field limitations.
Number 4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
He was a player who was going through a bit of a rut in the last year, but the swing maestro has managed to turn things around in India’s recent tours and he seems to be in fine rhythm heading into the tournament.
Kumar is the first Indian bowler to have won the purple cap twice in the world’s premier cricket competition. Over the years, the 32-year-old has been a major figure in the orange army.
Bhuvi has appeared in 132 IPL matches and taken 142 wickets at an incredible average of 25.27. The right-arm pacer will undoubtedly reach 150 innings in the forthcoming season. As was the case in past seasons, the experienced pacer is set to spearhead the SRH bowling attack.
Bhuvi has played 59 T20I matches for India and has taken 58 wickets at an economy rate of 6.99. Although he is not in his peak, the right-arm bowler will be vying for another purple hat in the next IPL 2022.
Number 5. Arshdeep Singh (Punjab Kings)
He is a youngster who is on the brink of getting that elusive Team India call up. Punjab Kings have decided to go bold with a refreshing young bowling attack, and Arshdeep is by far, their best of the young bucks.
The club spent a large sum of INR 4 crore to retain the left-arm quick’s services and would be expecting for a strong season from him.
The 23-year-old has been one of the tournament’s most surprising discoveries in recent years. Arshdeep had his best-ever IPL stats last year against the Rajasthan Royals, taking 5 for 32 in his four over quota. The youthful bowler thrashed the RR squad, becoming the third-youngest player in IPL history to claim a five-wicket haul.
Arshdeep is a specialist in death overs, having bowled in crucial occasions for the Punjab Kings. He has appeared in 23 IPL matches and taken 30 wickets at an economy rate of 8.78.
Number 6. Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders)
He is a player who needs to have a good IPL in order to reaffirm the Indian hierarchy that he truly has the magic. His recent stint with the Indian was quite lukewarm, and the competition he faces in the spinners department in the national team has some truly great names, and he really needs to step up if he wants to be India’s next spin sensation. At 30 years of age, he is not exactly the youngest of the lot, but a good season here will go a long way in making his case.
The 30-year-old was spotted perplexing the world’s finest players during the IPL. Chakravarthy’s deft changes in tempo, line, length, and direction of spin set him apart from other spinners.
In his IPL career, the spinner has appeared in 31 matches, taking 36 wickets. With an economy rate of 6.82, the 30-year-old also has a five-wicket haul to his credit.
Number 7. Yuzvendra Chahal (Rajasthan Royals)
We were shocked to see him dropped from the RCB squad this year, and it looks like Rajasthan have found not just their new leader of the bowling attack, but also a new captain. Yuzi is one of the bets spinners in the business at the moment and there is absolutely no doubt that he will hit the ground running for his new team.
Chahal ended the IPL 2021 season with 18 wickets in 15 games. He bowled several remarkable periods for his previous club. In terms of his whole IPL career, the 31-year-old has appeared in 114 matches, taking 139 wickets at an economy rate of 7.59.
The leg-spinner is a very deft bowler who provides plenty of air to the ball. With his IPL and international experience, his new side will expect him to pick up plenty of wickets in the middle-over period. Chahal will also be hoping to play well in order to earn a place to the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
Number 8. Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Harshal Patel, who was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before of the IPL 2022 big auction, was repurchased by the club for a hefty INR 10.75 crore. His franchise was up against stiff competition from Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), but RCB retained him.
In IPL 2021, the right-arm pacer got the purple cap. Harshal took 32 wickets in the previous edition, which is joint-highest total in a single edition of the cash-rich competition. Dwayne Bravo, the all-rounder with Chennai Super Kings, had also taken the same number of wickets in the 2013 season.
The 31-year-old would like to emulate his performance in the following season in order to win his franchise’s first IPL championship and also recapture the purple hat. RCB have also named Faf du Plessis as their new skipper for the forthcoming season, and it will be intriguing to watch how the red army do.
Number 9. Ravi Bishnoi (Lucknow Super Giants)
Ravi Bishnoi, a young leg-spinner, was selected by the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction for INR 4 crore. After two successful seasons with Punjab Kings (PBKS), the 21-year-old will be expected to emulate his form with his new club.
Bishnoi made his international debut against the West Indies in a T20I series in February 2022. In his maiden encounter, the youthful leg-spinner took two wickets for 17 runs in his four-over quota. The 21-year-old has developed into a quality spinner while playing for PBKS previous season under the tutelage of head coach Anil Kumble.
Bishnoi has 24 wickets at an economy rate of 6.96 in 23 IPL games. The leg-spinner is versatile and does not rely on turn, which distinguishes him as a bowler. LSG will rely on Bishnoi for critical breakthroughs, particularly in the middle overs.
Number 10. Rashid Khan (Gujarat Titans)
The Gujarat Titans selected Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan ahead of the IPL 2022 super auction. To obtain his services, the franchise paid a substantial sum of INR 15 crore. The 23-year-old is one of the most efficient spinners in limited-overs cricket and a match-winner with the bat.
Rashid has amassed some remarkable figures in the T20 format and has played for a variety of teams across the world. He has taken 93 wickets in 76 IPL games at an incredible economy rate of 6.33 and also enjoys bowling the difficult overs for the side.
Rashid is a lightning fast and sneaky hitter who seldom allows hitters to play big shots against him. He also boasts one of the most poisonous googlies, which hitters have a difficult time picking up. Apart from doing well for his new organisation, Rashid will seek to claim the purple hat for himself.