Sanju Samson came into the limelight when he scored consistently for the Royals. The wicket-keeper batsman was coached by the legend Rahul Dravid himself. Sanju has made it to the national squad multiple times, but lack of opportunity meant that he was unable to score freely. But, for a batsman early into his career, he can make it to the team.
Sanju has been consistent through his IPL career. Last year, he scored 375 runs with a brilliant strike rate of 158.89. Adding on, a strike rate of 148.69 in 2019 meant that he is a clean striker of the ball. Samson also has two hundred to his name. Therefore, he is the most vital member of the Rajasthan-based franchise.
We predict that Sanju will be the top run-scorer for the Royals. The additional duties of captaincy might help him to realize that his wicket is priceless and he should not throw his wicket away cheaply. For a batsman of Sanju’s caliber, it is just a matter of time that he finds himself regularly in the playing eleven. Therefore, Sanju has the potential to become the top run-scorer for his team.
7. Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill
Gill made headlines when he was an important contributor to India’s win during the Under 19 T20 world cup. The youngster was roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018. During that season, he made useful contributions to the Kolkata-based franchise. Later on, he was retained by the KKR management who saw his immense batting potential during his debut season.
Gill has a mediocre strike rate of 125.20 in the IPL. But this is mainly because of the uncertainty of the KKR batting lineup. If Gill gets more chances, he is destined to become the most important player for the Knight Riders. Last year, he accumulated 440 runs for his team.
As the captaincy has been handed to Morgan, the fans are hoping for more stability in the batting unit. Therefore, this will enable Gill to play with more freedom. KKR’s success will depend on Gill’s form. Hence, we expect that Gill will play according to the situation. Therefore, Gill might turn out to be the highest run-scorer for the Knight Riders.
6. Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant is one of the most popular names in world cricket right now. Well, to be fair, it has been a thrilling three months for the wicketkeeper-batsman. The selection committee dropped him just before the Australian tour. Later on, he along with Pujara guided the team to victory! And during the Test series, he made important contributions.
It was just a matter of time that Pant returned to the Indian squad. The swashbuckling Indian wicket-keeper batsman made it to the headlines when he smashed a quickfire half-century in a game during the under-19 world cup in 2016. For a player who has played less than fifty games, Pant has experienced every possible scenario.
And what do we expect? We hope that Pant plays according to the situations and makes important contributions for the Capitals. Although Pant had a poor IPL season last year, we all know his potential to destroy any bowling lineup. Hence, this season, Pant might emerge as the top run-scorer for his team.
5. Punjab Kings: KL Rahul
Consistency is his second name. Yes, it is none other than KL Rahul. The “man who can do everything!”. After a disastrous tour to Australia in 2018-2019, Rahul had revamped himself and returned to the squad in stellar form. Since then, he has been one of the most important batsmen for Virat Kohli.
Since 2018, Rahul has never failed in the IPL. In 2018, Rahul scored 659 runs with a healthy strike rate of 158.41. Talking about his form in 2019, he scored 593 runs with a century to his name. Last year, Rahul was in his prime form when he scored 670 runs during the season.
Rahul’s form has never dropped since 2018. Therefore, for the Kings who are looking forward to clinching the title for the first time, Rahul has an important role to play. Adding on, with the likes of Pooran, Gayle, and Mayank, he has some great backup to his name. It will be interesting to see how he plays after the Kings added Malan to the squad.
4. Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner
David Warner is without any doubt, one of the most destructive batsmen across every format. The southpaw can tear apart any bowling attack. Since he joined the Sunrisers, he has been the most important player for them. His performances have been so consistent that he was named their captain after his exile.
Statistically, Warner is the most consistent batsman in the history of the league. Since 2014, he has crossed the 500 run mark every time. In his illustrious career, Warner has scored over 4 centuries and 48 half-centuries. Well, Warner is a legend in this tournament.
We all expect him to become the leading run-scorer for the Hyderabad-based franchise. Last year, he had a decent IPL season and Warner finds a way to click on all boxes when it comes to the IPL. Therefore, the batting lineup of SRH will revolve around Warner.
3. Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan
The Jharkhand wicket-keeper batsman had recently scored a swashbuckling 173 in a domestic tournament. And this year, we expect him to top the charts for Mumbai Indians. The Mumbai-based franchise was dominant throughout the tournament last year. With multiple superstars in their playing eleven, there was no doubt that they will lift the trophy at the end of the season.
Last year, Kishan was in stellar form. He scored 516 runs off 354 balls. With a strike rate of 145.76, he was able to demolish every bowling attack. And this year too, we expect him to lead from the front. Even with the presence of modern-day giants like Rohit Sharma and Pollard, he tends to be more attacking than them!
Ishan has been in superb form. Not only in the IPL, but he has left a mark in the domestic tournaments as well. He was so consistent that he made it to the national squad this year. With the T20 world cup approaching, he might give some headaches to the national selectors! Therefore, we expect him to become the top run-scorer for the Mumbai Indians.
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is the biggest name in world cricket right now. The national team’s captain is popularly known as the “King”. It is not only about his batting, but his approach towards the game. His consistency throughout the years showcases his dedication to the game. Well, this time, we hope that he brings back his 2016 IPL form!
If you are wondering what we are talking about, well during the 2016 season, Kohli scored 973 runs in a single season! Yes, you read it right! Virat Kohli scored four centuries in that season. He dragged a dead RCB team into the finals of the season. And since then, he has been a regular contributor to the success of RCB.
Last year, Kohli managed to score 466 runs throughout the season. With a strike rate of 121.35, he had a decent IPL season. But with a stronger squad this time, we expect him to play with more freedom. Therefore, the fans might witness the dominance of King Kohli! Hence, he might become the top run-scorer for his side this time!
1. Chennai Super Kings: Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina is Chennai’s most important player. And there is no doubt about it. Last year, his absence had affected the team’s combination so heavily that it failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time. Without any doubt, the fans were dejected.
Raina has been a consistent scorer for CSK over the years. The lowest he had scored for the men in yellow was in 2019 when he managed to score 383 runs. But the southpaw can score quickfire innings. During his IPL career, Raina has scored 5368 runs with a strike rate of 137.14.
Well, this year, “Chinna-Thala” is back. And the fans are hoping that their hero will demolish every bowling attack this year. Adding on, Raina’s form will be vital for CSK’s fortune this season. Therefore, Raina might become the leading run-scorer for the Chennai Super Kings.
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