IPL 2019 is all set to take place with the opening match being between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Just like every edition, the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league also promises to be exciting. One of the exciting elements of the league is the race for the Orange Cap.
The Orange Cap is handed out to the player with the most runs at the end of the season. The tournament has seen players from different countries win the coveted cap over the years. In fact, every year the competition for the coveted cap heats up which encourages the batsmen to elevate their game to the next level each season.
This year, just like every year, there is a list of players who are expected to set the IPL stage on fire with their batting due to their current form.
Here, five players have been listed who could win the Orange Cap this year. These predictions are made based on their form in the past year.
#5 Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
2018 was an exceptional year for Jonny Bairstow in limited overs cricket. He finished the year as one of the leading run scorers in ODIs with 1025 runs to his name from 22 matches. The right-handed batsman scored a total of four centuries and two half-centuries. He was in top form against New Zealand and Australia.
With David Warner's return to the franchise this year coupled with Shikhar Dhawan’s departure, the SRH management will probably look to Jonny Bairstow to open the batting with Warner. These two men could complement each other quite well considering the fact that both of them are destructive openers.
Given his recent form, it wouldn't be a surprise if he finds himself in contention for the Orange Cap.