The countdown to the Indian Premier League (IPL) has begun with the BCCI announcing the schedule of the much-awaited tournament. The 2020 season of the IPL will begin from 19th September in Abu Dhabi. Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will play Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening match of the tournament.
The T20 format is not regarded as the bowlers game, but the change in playing conditions could alter this theory. This year’s IPL is taking place in 3 venues at UAE- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. These venues are known to provide spinner friendly conditions. This could make the race for the Purple Cap interesting.
Last year Imran Tahir won the Purple Cap for Chennai Super Kings after picking 26 wickets in 17 matches. It will be fascinating to see if the 41 years old South African can reclaim that achievement.
In this article we discuss the top 5 bowlers who can win the Purple Cap in IPL 2020.
5. Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 100 wickets in 84 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Chahal has become the goto bowler for Captain Virat Kohli. He provides a lot of variation in the limited-overs format and can turn out to be a match-winner for RCB. Last season he picked up 18 wickets in 14 matches.
Chahal can be a game-changer for both Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore as he will also be one of the top contenders for the prestigious Purple Cap this season.
4. Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals)
The young fast bowler from South Africa has proved his mettle in International Cricket in recent years. With a career average of 17.93, Kagiso Rabada has the best bowling average in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the previous season of IPL, Rabada picked up 25 wickets in just 12 matches for the Delhi Capitals and was second in the race for Purple Cap. His cost-effective bowling and the ability to bowl in the death overs can lead him to success in this season’s IPL.
3.Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
The impressive leg spinner from Afganistan, Rashid Khan has made his name as an allrounder in numerous T20 leagues of the world. However, his economic bowling and wicket-taking skills are worth considering. He has the best economy in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with an economy rate of 6.55.
Ever since his debut in the tournament in 2017, Rashid Khan has improved his game even better. Last season he bagged 17 wickets in 15 matches with an economy of 6.28. This season he could be a vital bowler for Sunrisers Hyderabad and also a top contender for the Purple Cap.
2. Kuldeep Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Kuldeep Yadav had a difficult season last year in the IPL, as he ended up only with taking 4 wickets in 9 IPL games for Kolkata Knight Riders. However, Yadav is a rare left-arm chinaman bowler in international cricket today. He has the X-factor to surprise batsman and can bag quick wickets. Yadav would be raring to pick wickets in the spin-friendly conditions of UAE.
Yadav will be one of the bowlers to watch out for in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp as he will also be someone who can grab the Purple Cap this season.
1. Jaspreet Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
The 26-year-old right-arm fast bowler from Gujrat, Jasprit Bumrah has been one of the best bowlers in the world in the last 2-3 years. He is known to be the master of Yorkers for his ability to bowl deathly Yorkers and pick wickets in key intervals. Bumrah was the main man for Mumbai Indians last season and was the man of the match in the finals of the tournament last year.
He bagged 19 wickets with an economy of 6.63 in last season. This season he could certainly prove his might and win the Purple cap.