With the surge in popularity of the Indian Premier League, awards like the Orange and Purple Cap have also become some of the most prestigious awards in Cricket. The Purple Cap is awarded to the leading wicket-taker bowler of the season. So far, some of the most famous names in the Cricket World have won this cap – Lasith Malinga, Morne Morkel, Dwayne Bravo (2) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2) and many more. Who will join the list of such elite players this season and finish IPL 13 as the highest wicket-taker? Let us find out five such players who can win Purple Cap in IPL 2020:
PS: Household names like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar are not part of the list due to fitness concerns.
Rashid Khan has become synonymous with success in the shortest format of the game. The Afghan bowler is currently ranked first in ICC’s T20 bowlers’ rankings and has excelled in every league he has played. In the recently concluded BBL season, Rashid picked up 19 wickets playing for Adelaide Strikers.
And the leggie is more than likely to continue his great run of form with SRH in 2020. Last season Rashid picked up 17 wickets in IPL and he is a leading candidate to do even better this season and win the Purple Cap. Rashid is used to Indian pitches by now and Kane Williamson knows just how to use his lethal weapon in crucial stages of the game.
When it comes to having a good day for Mumbai Indians, a lot depends on their premium strike bowler – Jasprit Bumrah. The pacer is one of the best death bowlers in the world at the moment and when he gets his toe-crushing Yorkers right, there is not a lot a batsman can do about it.
Bumrah was Mumbai’s most successful bowler last season with 19 wickets as he helped the team to the title. The 26-year old’s ability to pick up wickets in both powerplay and death overs has been crucial for 4-times IPL Champions. But IPL 2020 will be a huge challenge for the pacer as he has failed to return to his best in the recently concluded Australia and New Zealand series. Although, with Rohit’s captainship and Malinga’s support, it shouldn’t take Boom Boom Bumrah a lot of time to get back in the groove.
Just like Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada has made a name for himself with success for his national side. The South African has every weapon in his arsenal which a pace bowler might need. Last season, Rabada led Delhi Capitals’ bowling attack and finished with 25 wickets – just one behind Purple Cap winner Imrah Tahir. So, the youngster will be itching to do one better this season and get his hands on the prize.
Rabada has picked up 31 wickets in just 18 IPL matches he has played in his career – an impressive statistic to say the least. And although his economy rate is 8+, the South African averages just 17.94. With exceptional stats to back him, Rabada will be eager to lead Delhi’s bowling attack once again.
Last year’s Purple Cap winner Imran Tahir has retired from international cricket after South Africa’s horrible performance at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But when it comes to bowling in IPL, Tahir, just like Rashid Khan, enjoys bowling on Indian pitches and has been very successful through the years.
Tahir has picked up 79 wickets in just 55 IPL games and at the age of 40, has continued to age like a fine wine. The leggie is still one of the most dangerous bowlers at MS Dhoni’s disposal at CSK. And in their Den at the Chidambaram Stadium, Tahir can create havoc and go for a lap of honour after every wicket.
Not a lot of 14-15 crore buys have worked for IPL teams in the past. But Pat Cummins bought for ₹15.5 crores by KKR in the recent auction, is not like most others. The Aussie is arguably the best bowler in the world right now and has been in tremendous form in the last 12 months.
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Cummins will be leading KKR’s bowling attack as KKR hardly boasts another big name in the bowling department. The 26-year old has picked up 17 wickets in 16 IPL games so far but a lot has changed since then. Cummins has become the most complete bowler since his last IPL game a few years ago. The right-arm fast bowler will face a challenge of bowling on Indian pitches though, where he will have to prove his worth.