| On Updated : Sep 15, 2020 12:01 AM IST

IPL 2020 Prediction: Top 5 contenders for Purple Cap

IPL 2020 Prediction: It’s that time of the year where predictions regarding different facets of the biggest franchise cricket in the world, Indian Premier League will be in full force as it begins after so much speculation on 19th of September. BCCI has made some serious efforts to pull off this magnificent event and this can just be the starting point of all good things to come for the remainder of this year.
This year’s IPL will be unique by all means as it will happen behind closed doors where spectators won't be allowed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One important aspect that has blown out of proportion is the kind of wickets that will be on offer in UAE where the tournament is going to take place this year.
IPL happening in India is a different ball game as each team have stacked their teams according to their home conditions and that’s the major distinctiveness which makes the tournament more competitive and also enriches the viewing experience because of the different kind of tracks that one get to witness throughout the course of the IPL 2020. But now, all the teams start on the same ground which will reveal the adaptability of the teams to the conditions that are contrasting to their home grounds in India.

The bowling department will be the lifeline for each team as the wickets will be bowler-friendly as the tournament progresses if not straight up. All the teams have enough bowlers who can rattle the opposition but who will emerge as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament for this season? Here are our top 5 contenders for the purple cap

Yuzvendra Chahal

The witty leg spinner has 100 wickets in IPL so far that has spread across 7 seasons of IPL. He is the best leg spinner in India at the moment and the fact that he hasn’t won the purple cap for once turns out to be a shocker. One obvious reason for that is his home base which has no help for spinners whatsoever.
Yuzvendra Chahal has bowled 61 overs in the middle overs in the last 2 years of IPL and has only 16 wickets under his name. At death, he has bowled 13 overs and has taken 8 wickets. In the powerplay phase, he has bowled 25 overs and has taken 5 wickets. His ER brings in a much more clearer picture as he has 6.4, 7.6, and 9.5 in the powerplay, middle overs and death respectively.
This goes on to show how the opposing teams have played out Yuzvendra Chahal without any pressure of going after him as they had other weak links to target. That is one important aspect which will go in favour of Yuzvendra Chahal this year as he has a gun bowling attack to compliment him which can fetch him wickets more than he took in the previous years in all the phases of the game as RCB have no major weak links in their bowling attack for this year which will force the opposition batsmen to take chances against Yuzvendra Chahal.


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Kagiso Rabada

One of the top tier fast bowlers going around and he was one of the main reasons for magnificent performances of Delhi Capitals. He was the one who steamed the Delhi Capitals into the playoffs single-handedly as far as bowling is concerned in the 2019 edition as he picked 25 wickets at an astonishing economy rate of 7.82 after having bowled the majority of his overs at the death.
As a matter of fact, he picked 19 wickets out of his total tally of 25 wickets at death overs i.e. from overs 16 to 20, which is 76% of his wickets that shows how elite he has been at death. With him being available for the entire season, if he can be injury-free, he can easily end up with the purple cap.

Deepak Chahar
He was upgraded from one of the power-play specialists to a reliable slog overs bowler for CSK in the previous year. He was the 3rd leading wicket-taker in 2019 edition of IPL and was top notch in the power play as usual but his performances at death are something that is worth noticing.
He bowled 57 balls at death, giving away just 78 runs at an ER of just above 8, which is astonishing. Although Deepak Chahar does not add much value in the middle overs, he can do the job with the new ball as well as in death overs where his numbers have improved drastically. The wickets are slow in nature and he couldn’t have asked for the much better surface as the slow wickets suit his style of bowling. Don’t be surprised if he ends up as the leading wicket-taker for this edition of IPL.


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Imran Tahir
The 41-year-old youngster Imran Tahir has been a revelation in the franchise leagues around the world. He has become wiser with age and making the batsmen dance to his tunes with ease. He won the purple cap last year with 26 wickets at an unbelievable economy rate of 6.69. He was the go-to man for MS Dhoni who used him in all crisis situations.
Imran Tahir bowled 50 overs in the middle phase of the innings in 2019 and has an economy rate of just 5.98 run per over tells you the volume about this man's exploits. The fact that he is going to get even more favorable conditions this time around will only help him to bamboozle the batsmen with his googlies and leg-breaks. Look out for another successful outing from Imran Tahir this time around as well.


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Bhuvneshwar Kumar
“Form is temporary, class is permanent,” as they say. Never ever write off an experienced campaigner like Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He was underwhelming in the previous season where his returns were not inspiring as he picked just 13 wickets at an economy rate of 7.81 but who better than Bhuvneshwar Kumar knows about the purple cap?. He has won the prestigious purple cap for 2 times and has been the spearhead of the SRH bowling attack for more than 4 years now.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 25 overs and picked 18 wickets at death in 2017 whereas in 2018 and 2019, he has picked only 15 wickets in 40 overs shows how poor he has been in the last 2 years and what an extraordinary bowler he was once in death overs. If he hits his top rhythm, there is no stopping the canny customer in Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Once again, the burden will be on Bhuvneshwar Kumar to lead the famed SRH pace attack that has faded away in the last year.

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