IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are ready to rumble in the opening game of the 13th edition of the IPL on September 19.
Ever since the league’s inception in 2008, IPL has seen ten different bowlers win the Purple Cap for being the leading wicket-taker of the season. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar have both won the award twice. Pacers have dominated the list of Purple Cap winners in the past 12 seasons, with only two spinners – Pragyan Ojha (2010) and Imran Tahir (2018) managing to win it. However, the upcoming season has plenty to offer for the spinners, who will enjoy bowling in the UAE conditions which favor turn and spin. While the seamers look to click the individual honor, a spinner bagging the Purple Cap won’t come as a surprise in Dream11 IPL 2020.
With just four days left before the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicks off, let us take a look at 5 potential Purple Cap winners for the season.
5. Kagiso Rabada
The South African fast bowler almost came to the brink of winning the Purple Cap in IPL 2019 with 25 wickets in 12 games. The aggressive speedster’s ability to provide breakthroughs for his team intense situations makes him one of the vital players in Delhi Capitals.
4. Imran Tahir
The spinner was absolutely exceptional for the Chennai Super Kings in last year’s IPL. The veteran was so good with the ball that he managed to become the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019 with 26 wickets in 17 games. Tahir is certainly one of the very best contenders for Purple Cap this year and to help him attain this feat can be the spinner-friendly pitches in the UAE.
3. Yuzvendra Chahal
The young leg-spinner will once again be seen leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack this year. Chahal has been one of the most consistent bowlers for RCB, and he will definitely be one of the spinners to look out for this season. In IPL 2019, he was RCB’s leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets in 14 games. Batting has always been the core strength for the Bangalore-based franchise which is why the bowling department relies so much on the prolific spinner.
2. Jasprit Bumrah
The Mumbaikar pace-bowler has done extremely well with the ball for Mumbai Indians in the past few IPL seasons and has become a crucial cog in MI’s wheel. However, Dream11 IPL 2020 will be a huge challenge for the lethal paceman as he has to take on the responsibility of leading MI’s pace attack after IPL’s all-time highest wicket-taker Lasith Malinga announced he’s pulling out of the tournament this year because of personal reasons.
1. Pat Cummins
Currently ranked no. 1 in Tests and no. 4 in ODIs, Cummins also has a decent T20 record. He is undoubtedly one of the best bowlers of this generation but the Aussie speedster might still be under pressure as he was bought for a whopping INR 15.5 crore by the Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s IPL. The paceman has bagged 37 T20I wickets in 30 games with an impressive economy of 6.93. Pat Cummins will definitely play a very important role in this year’s IPL 2020 for his franchise.