IPL 2018 is just a month away and fans around the world are eagerly waiting for the season to start. This would be the eleven season of IPL and defending champions Mumbai Indians will be taking on the Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on the 7th of April.
IPL has produced a lot of talent and the batsmen are the biggest attractions of this league and it would be interesting to see who wins the Orange Cap this year. Here are five of the biggest contenders for the Orange Cap this season:
5. Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane will be playing again this year for the Rajasthan Royals franchise. The batsman was initially with Mumbai Indians where he was underutilized. Rajasthan realised his potential and Dravid brought him to his side and asked him to open the batting. He was the second highest run-getter in the 2015 season, missing out by just 22 runs. Rahane had a number of seasons where he was extremely close to getting the Orange Cap.
4. Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has returned to the team in which he had begun his IPL career. Raina has played all 10 seasons of this league without missing a game for his sides but has not been able to win the Orange Cap despite being the highest all-time run-getter. He has been the most consistent batsman in IPL history and it is high time that he can wear the Orange Cap.
3. Virat Kohli
The Indian team captain is everyone's favourite to win the Orange Cap in this season of IPL but batting at the number 3 position for RCB doesn't suit him that much. However, as an opener he always delivers for them and won the orange cap once in the 2016 edition.
2. David Warner
The Australian batsman has been a pillar of strength ever since being bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014. The Hyderabad captain is a two-time winner of the Orange Cap and can hit huge sixes out of the park on any bowling attack.
1. Chris Gayle
Gayle started his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009. His performances in the first two years were not that much good but when Royal Challengers Bangalore picked him in 2011 he turned out to be the highest scoring player and won the Orange Cap winner in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.