Cricket is a religion in India. Everyone loves to watch the game irrespective of any generation. The people are crazily hooked on this game; Cricketers are considered gods in India. Each match of cricket brings its own excitement within. Cricket has seen many stars being produced like Sir Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Ricky Pointing, Sachin Tendulkar, and many more. IPL is a feisty carnival that lasts for nearly 2 months but packs the excitement of a whole year. Every match brings a bunch of breathtaking moments with it. Batsmen play an astonishing innings for the sake of the team hence garnering much attention. This proves that T20 is a batsmen’s game. In the ongoing edition of IPL, the race for the Orange cap is getting intense.
Jos Buttler is a clean striker and an aggressive opening batsman who has a knack for hitting spectacular sixes. He has the ability to accelerate the innings whenever the team requires him to. The English batsman had produced 3 centuries and 3 fifties in 9 innings and thereby being the leading run-scorer with 566 runs for Rajasthan Royals and also leads the pack in IPL. With a strike rate of 155 and an average of 70.75, Buttler has been the most reliable presence for the Pink outfit. He has hit 47 fours and 36 sixes so far in this IPL. Buttler has helped Rajasthan Royals for a promising 2nd position behind Gujarat Titans, which allows the Jaipur-based side to dream for their second IPL title after winning the inaugural edition in 2008. Jos Buttler’s stellar innings of 116* against the Delhi Capitals was a nightmare for the Delhi side. With the form he is in now, Jos is arguably the strongest contender for the reputed Orange Cap, which has been claimed by greats like Chris Gayle, Mike Hussey, Virat Kohli, and David Warner over the years. He has a massive 125-run lead for the Orange cap, and his nearest contender would be Lucknow Super Giants’ captain KL Rahul.
KL Rahul is known for his sound technique and ability to convert the innings, which boots up the batting lineup. Usually a slow starter, Rahul gets more dangerous the longer he is in the middle. Rahul is a stylish batsman who can be devastating if taken lightly. He has also claimed an Orange Cap in the past. Rahul has scored 451 runs in 9 innings, with an average of 56.38, a strike rate of around 145, his 2 centuries and 2 fifties, hit 38 fours, and 20 sixes have proven his worth for Lucknow Super Giants in this season of IPL. With his current numbers and form for Lucknow Super Giants, Rahul has been the closest competitor for the Orange Cap after Jos Buttler. His Elegant Strokes and ability and competent decisions make him versatile enough to bat for any position in the batting lineup. His 2 centuries were smashed against the same team, i.e., Mumbai Indians, which shows his batting performance in the form of the captain’s innings, which shows his capability to lead a team.
Both the batsmen have been great in their internationals for their respective teams, England and India. While both the batsmen have contrasting approaches, they both have been equally effective and important in the lineups for their teams and clubs. Jos Buttler for Rajasthan Royals has been consistently contributing to the Royals’ lineup since his arrival in 2018. Kl Rahul was a promising batsman who has played for different clubs like Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and now Lucknow Super Giants. Will Jos Buttler manage to keep the lead against Kl Rahul and the other batsmen that contend for the Orange Cap? Or Will Kl Rahul manage to play a couple of good innings to snatch the lead from Rajasthan Royal’s Jos Buttler? While the heat between Rahul and Buttler is intense, IPL is known for its surprises. Anyone can swoop in from nowhere and take away the glory. Who do you think will emerge victories, Buttler? Rahul? Someone else?