Orange Cap is one of the prestigious awards that every batsman dream of winning during the Indian Premier League. The highest run scorer gets presented with this award and marks an important head-stone in their career.
Shaun Marsh in 2008 became the first batsman to win this award while playing for Kings XI Punjab. His outstanding score of 616 runs in 11 matches was a benchmark for all the upcoming matches. Sachin Tandulkar won the cup just two years later in 2010 and made a record with a total of impressive 618 runs in 15 matches which was later broken by Chris Gayle in 2012 with total of 733 runs in the same number of matches. Michael Hussey created quite a tough record to beat by scoring 733 runs in 16 matches but was beaten by Virat Kohli’s record in 2016 with his impressive 973 runs in the same number of matches.
With IPL season 11 on peak, batsmen are all set to win the Orange Cup this year, giving every opponent the best target to beat. Let’s have a look at all the top contenders who have the most probability to bang this award this year –
- Virat Kohli – An explanation after his name would be an understatement. The captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore is in his best shape than ever, winning many titles for the Indian cricket team consistently. His massive record of 973 in 16 matches in 2016 is still one of the most impressive scored in the history of IPL by any individual. Looking at his confidence and track record, it wouldn’t be tough to guess that Kohli is all set to bag his second Orange Cap.
- Suresh Raina – One would be surprise to know that Suresh Raina, who has been playing for Chennai Super Kings for a decade now and has earned the title of Mr. IPL has never won the Orange Cup. Even after the impressive performances in almost all the matches, this 31-year-old player has yet to cross the 600-run mark. Though he might have missed the Cap by a small disappointing margin in the last few seasons, this year he is all set to bring the Orange Cap home.
- AB de Villiers – Another element of surprise stands right here – one of the biggest names of Royal Challengers Bangalore, AB de Villiers has never yet won the Orange Cap to himself. Even though being as consistent as he is with his batting spirit, he has unluckily missed the Cap quite a few years, sometimes by standing third on the list even. Nevertheless, Villiers and his outstanding performances over the years have rarely been a matter of question. It could be said that given the form, he might just bag the Orange Cap this year.
- D’Arcy Short – The left-handed batsman of Rajasthan Royals is another great contender for the Orange Cap. Apart from his rising performances and grooming talent, the fact that he was the highest run scorer in the BBL with 572 runs in 11 matches, makes him a tough competition for already leading and standing contenders in the list.
- David Warner – It is wrong to believe that this list is complete without the mention of David Warner. The Sunrisers Hyderabad captain is all set to win his team the IPL title for the third time as well as name the Orange Cap for himself this year for the third time again. A definite name all must lookout for.