The top five contenders for the orange cap in IPL 2021 whereby the winner is adjudged based on the most number of runs scored with the highest strike rate over the IPL season are:
- Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals) - 422 runs in 9 innings
- KL Rahul (Punjab Kings) - 380 runs in 8 innings
- Mayank Agarwal (Punjab Kings) - 327 runs in 8 innings
- Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings) - 320 runs in 8 innings
- Prithvi Shaw (Delhi Capitals) - 319 runs in 9 innings
If Delhi Capitals can continue along with the playoffs and into the finals, Shikhar Dhawan has high chances of winning the orange cap since he has been in phenomenal form and he needs to keep that form up. Both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are from Punjab Kings who have been in a disappointing form, but these two batsmen have done their part in carrying the team. If they manage to play through, one of these two has a chance to win.
Again, Faf du Plessis and Chennai Super Kings have been in exceptional form, though he was gone for a duck in the first match of the second phase of IPL 2021. But he can bounce back and if he can, he is a pure contender for the orange cap this season.
Prithvi Shaw, yet another opener from Delhi Capitals needs to work hard and go in for some handy runs to reach up the table of top run scorers this season. Comparing the positions of Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings with the current position of Punjab Kings, it will be easier for Shikhar Dhawan or Faf du Plessis to claim the orange cap than KL Rahul or Mayank Agarwal.
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The top five contenders for the purple cap in IPL 2021 whereby the winner is adjudged based on the most number of wickets taken over the whole IPL season are:
- Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore)- 17 wickets in 30 overs
- Avesh Khan (Delhi Capitals) - 14 wickets in 34 overs
- Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals) - 14 wickets in 30 overs
- Arshdeep Singh (Punjab Kings) - 12 wickets in 22.2 overs
- Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)- 11 wickets in 32 overs
In this list of bowlers, the chances of clinching the purple cap are highest for Avesh Khan since his team the Delhi Capitals are the current leaders of IPL while they have the highest chance to qualify for the playoffs. The only problem with these bowlers is they are not consistent enough to challenge for the accolade. Both Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Avesh Khan of Delhi Capitals were unable to take wickets in their last respective matches. Though Harshal Patel is way above the others in the wicket count, he too needs to be consistent. All the other three bowlers namely Chris Morris of Rajasthan Royals, Arshdeep Singh of Punjab Kings, and Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad have mere chances of winning the cap since their teams are placed low and need to work harder.
Rashid Khan has the minimum chance to win the purple cap since his team is placed at last and has nearly no chance of going ahead. If Royal Challengers Bangalore manages to go through and Harshal Patel maintains his consistency, he has the highest chance of winning the cap.
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