12 Orange Cap [Probable] Contenders in IPL 2019

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The biggest Summer festival in India is coming!

IPL 2019 will have the most celebrated batsmen and bowlers around the world, playing together and clashing against each other.

Like every year, few questions will arise from every corner before the commencement of the tournament itself.

One of that will be – “Who will win the Orange Cap in IPL 2019?

And, I in CricIndeed comes up with 12 Orange Cap contenders predictions, basis on the current form of the batsmen and few other factors.

Let’s begin!


1. Rohit Sharma (MI)

Big News: Rohit Sharma will open for Mumbai Indians this year. He told this, himself in a recent press meet.

Rohit Sharma will open for Mumbai Indians IPL 2019
Rohit Sharma – Mumbai Captain

And we already know, how effective he will be when playing as an opener.

His stats from 2014, as an Indian batsman skyrocketed, drastically after Dhoni asked Rohit to open in the Limited Overs Cricket.

You can see it here in Rohit’s Year by Year ODI Stats!



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2. Shane Watson (CSK)

The Champion of last year’s final has all reasons to continue his form in this year IPL too.

Shane Watson IPL 2018
Shane Watson IPL 2018

He is among the very few players to have more than 3 Centuries in IPL.

Watson now has 3 IPL Centuries to his name, and I will not be surprised if he raises the count once again this year.

Read here on the 5 Players who have 2+ IPL Centuries!



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3. Kane Williamson (SRH)

The New Zealand management has already expressed that their players will be playing the entire IPL tournament this year.

Kane Williamson - Orange Cap - IPL 2018
Kane Williamson – Orange Cap – IPL 2018

Kane Williamson, the Sunrisers captain, was also the Orange Cap winner for the last year’s edition of IPL.

Also, with the form he is in the recent few months in all formats of Cricket, I don’t find any reason, he will not try to redo the super-show this year.




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4. Quinton De Kock (MI)

The South African wicketkeeper smashed 353 Runs in 5 Innings at an average of around 70 in the recently concluded South Africa vs Sri Lanka ODI Series.

Quinton De Kock IPL 2019
Quinton De Kock

He might also open along Rohit Sharma in this IPL. If he does, nothing is stopping him from being the leading run scorer of this year’s IPL, with the form he is carrying.



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5. Virat Kohli (RCB)

I am sure you don’t need any explanations for Virat Kohli to be on this list. His 973 in 2016 is the highest total runs scored in a single IPL edition.

All his 4 IPL Centuries came in 2016. Can he redo what he did in 2016 in 2019?

He can, is what I believe!

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Virat Kohli – IPL Centuries

He is easily the best when it comes to this format of the game!

You will find the reason why here –> Statistically, Virat is the best T20 Player ever!

Bonus Stat: Virat Kohli needs 52 more Runs to reach 5000 Runs in IPL.




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6. Shikhar Dhawan (DC)

Any batting stats list in the last five years will be incomplete without the name of Shikhar Dhawan.

He is one player who goes higher whenever he goes high.

Shikhar needs 32 more boundaries to overcome Gautam Gambhir’s record for the Most boundaries in IPL history!

Shikhar Dhawan IPL
Most Fours in IPL

He looked like he is back to form in the recent ODI series against Australia, I expect that to continue in this IPL too.

Also, his return back to his home team – Delhi, after a transfer form SRH to DC in the recent Trade Window, is only going to help him.




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7. Suresh Raina (CSK)

The leading Run scorer of IPL – Suresh Raina now needs only 15 Runs to reach the 5k mark in IPL. He will also be the first player in the IPL history to do so unless Virat reaches it faster.

Suresh Raina CSK IPL
Suresh Raina – CSK

They meet in the IPL 2019 opener too, is what makes me crazier for the IPL to start.

Read here the Top 5 Run scorers in IPL History!




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8. AB de Villiers (RCB)

I am surprised ABD has never been an Orange Cap Winner so far in IPL.

His only threat must be the position at where he bats. He bats comparatively lower at No.4 in IPL and also, he has got to walk after Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli most of his career in IPL.

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AB de Villiers IPL Centuries

But now, he is looking fresh after coming him out of the International scenes, and that makes me add him as a possible contender for this year’s Orange Cap winner.




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9. Rishabh Pant (DC)

The Indian youngster came second in the last year’s Most Run Scorers list, only after Kane Williamson. Since then, he is now one of the regular in the Indian national team and also gained a lot of experience against the World class bowlers.

India team for West Indies tour

Moreover, he will also be playing for a spot in the Indian world cup squad this time.




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10. KL Rahul (KXIP)

If one place where Rahul enjoys batting without any competition to his place in the team, it is IPL.


He showed that last year, coming out as the 3rd most runs scorer with 659 runs in 14 innings.

Also, he looked in perfect touch against Australia in the recent T20 series. Opening along with Chris Gayle will also lessen his burden allowing him to play his own game every match.




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11. Ajinkya Rahane (RR)

The Rajasthan Royals captain has a lot to prove in this IPL. He is out of the limited overs scenes of the national team, and this is his chance to show why he is still a potential limited overs player.

Ajinkya Rahane Rajasthan Royals new outfit
Ajinkya Rahane – Rajasthan Royals

With Steve Smith returning to action, he will have less burden as a Captain. And I hope, that will reflect better in his batting form!




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12. Ambati Rayudu (CSK)

Another 600+ scorer last year – Ambati Rayudu is now India’s potential No.4. It is his last year’s super show, in CSK, which gained him the route to the Indian national squad.

Ambati Rayudu CSK
Ambati Rayudu CSK

And now, his place in the Indian team is once again at stake. Will he, once again prove himself in yellow?

I guess so! He looked good in the CSK practice game, and I believe this IPL will fetch the lost-confidence back into him.


Wrapping up

You must be wondering about the absence of Chris Gayle in this list.

West Indies will be participating in a Tri-Series in Ireland before the commencement of World Cup.

Thereby, Chris Gayle with his compatriots – Evin Lewis and Nicolas Pooran is expected to return back in the middle of the IPL.

Also, the Australian cricket board has made sure the Australian players who will make up the World Squad will be called back at the beginning of May, thereby will miss a big chunk of matches.

So, that makes me overlook on Steve Smith and David Warner.


Now if you think I have missed someone big out here, mention their name below in the Comment section.

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