We have all heard of the famous quote “It’s the batsmen that win you games but it’s the bowlers who win you tournaments”. Looking back at the evolution of bowlers in the game of cricket, one can safely say that they do have the potential to make or break the game. To celebrate such pathbreaking bowlers, the Indian Premier League awards them with a Purple Cap every year.
What is a Purple Cap?
An award that is given to the leading wicket-taker of the IPL season, and he must wear the cap while in the field.
Here are our 5 picks who might win the cap this season.
The Purple cap winner of the Dream 11 IPL 2020 and the bowler extraordinaire from Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada is our first pick as the possible purple cap winner in the VIVO IPL 2021 as well. He had scalped 30 wickets from the 17 matches he played, making him the obvious choice. With an average of 18.26, he had impressed everyone and had an economic rate of 8.34, 4 for 24.
The vital cog in the Mumbai Indians’ wheel, Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as India’s No. 1 across all the formats. With an average of 14.96, Bumrah had claimed 27 wickets (the second highest ) from 15 matches in the IPL 2020. This could be the season where he dominates as a strong contender for the Purple Cap.
Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner Rashid Khan is another favorite from the previous season where Rashid had claimed 20 wickets from the 16 matches, he played at an excellent economy of 5.37. Known for his immaculate bowling, Rashid had also provided crucial breakthroughs in the previous seasons of IPL. With a wealth of experience, he is definitely a threat to the opposition.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore star bowler Yuzvendra Chahal has enjoyed public attention for a long time, owing to his knack for picking wickets easily. A match-winner that he is, he had taken 21 wickets from 15 matches he played at an economy of 7.08. Spearheading the RCB bowling attack will be this stellar performer. Thus, watch out.
As the highest wicket-taker for the Punjab Kings in the previous seasons, Shami’s progress has been terrific, and the batsmen will need to be wary against him. Scalping 20 wickets from the 14 matches they played, Shami had been instrumental in reviving the Punjab Kings (formerly known as KXIP) game.
Who do you think might win the purple cap this year? Find out this April 9th.
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