IPL 2018: 5 Bowlers who can win the Purple Cap
Top contenders for the Purple Cap in upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
The biggest and the most competitive T20 League in the world, the Indian Premier League is all set to set the stage on fire. IPL will kick off on April 7 and this season is expected to be bigger, better and grander than all the previous seasons.
In the initial years of its inception, T20 was considered to be a batsmen game but over the years bowlers have shown time and time again that even on flat wickets or the grounds with shorter boundaries, you can not rule them out. Bowlers play a decisive role in the victory of a team, be it providing crucial breakthroughs or stopping runs in slog overs.
Over the years the IPL has seen various great bowlers bowling their heart out for their teams but only a handful of them have been able to win one of the IPL's most prized award- the Purple Cap, which is given to the bowler who takes maximum number of wickets in a single season of IPL.
Here we take a look at the potential candidates who could win the Purple Cap in 2018:
#1 Bhuvneshvar Kumar
The Indian Swing King is the only bowler in the history of the IPL to have won the Purple Cap twice in two consecutive seasons. While playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Bhuvi won the Purple Cap in the 2016 and 2017 seasons of IPL.
Bhuvneshar Kumar is a tried and tested bowler in all the formats of the game and has experience of bowling at various types of wickets. Initially known for his swing bowling, Bhuvi also developed a toe cracking yorker and an equally effective knuckle ball. Bhuvi does the tough job of bowling in the powerplay and in the slog overs, but it also provides him with opportunities to pick up wickets regularly as batsmen look to attack during these overs.
In the last two season combined, Bhuvi has picked up 49 wickets and he only seems to get better and better. Still young and passionate about the game, Bhuvi looks all set to win the purple cap for the third season in a row.