Indian Premier League 2023 is officially underway and the battle for the orange cap has already begun with inform batters battle it out. Jos Buttler was the leading run scorer in IPL. Buttler scored 863 runs in IPL 2022. He almost got so close to Virat Kohli’s record. Let us look at the top 5 batters who can win orange cap in IPL 2023.
Top 5 Contenders to win Orange Cap in IPL 2023
Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK)
Gaikwad is in phenomenal form. He lit up IPL 2023 with magnificent 92 runs against Gujarat Titans in the season opener at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. The right hander backed it up with another match winning fifty against Lucknow Super Giants at Chepauk.
He is in top six hitting, he has hit 14 sixes in 3 matches in the tournament so far. Gaikwad is currently the orange cap holder with 189 runs in 3 matches. Gaikwad won the orange cap in 2021 when Chennai Super Kings won their fourth IPL title. He scored 635 runs in that season helping his team win the title.
Jos Buttler (RR)
Buttler opening the innings for Rajasthan Royals is destructive at the top. He is known for scoring quick-fire fifties in the powerplay. Buttler carried Rajasthan Royals all the way to the finals in IPL 2022 season. He scored 863 runs in the last season winning the orange cap. Buttler started the IPL 2023 season with a bang. He is currently 3rd in the race of orange cap with 152 runs in 3 matches.
Buttler looks in great form if he can manage to play a positive brand of cricket he might once again top the charts and end as the orange cap winner of IPL 2023.
David Warner (DC)
The captain of Delhi Capitals is the team’s leading run-scorer in all three matches that Delhi Capitals has played in the tournament so far. Warner is a three-time orange cap holder. He won the orange cap in 2015 scoring 562 runs, in 2017 scoring 641 runs, and in 2019 scoring 692 runs playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Warner scored two fifties in the IPL 023 so far. His batting hasn’t been fluent with his strike rate dropping considerably, As a captain performs better as a batsman. He is currently 2nd in the leading run scorers list scoring 158 runs in 3 matches. Warner is one of the top contenders to win the Orange Cap in IPL 2023.
Shikhar Dhawan (PBKS)
The captain of Punjab Kings looks in delicate touch this season with captaincy responsibilities Dhawan fares well under pressure. He scored a match winning 86 in the 2nd game of the season. “Gabbar” started the season off with a handy 40-run knock against KKR.
Dhawan leads Delhi Capitals to the finals in IPL 2020. He was the 2nd leading run scorer in the season smashing 618 runs. The southpaw looks is yet to win his maiden Orange cap title which he will loom to achieve as he is at the fag end of his cricket career.
Shubman Gill (GT)
Gill has been in sublime form in the last six months. The right-hander smashed every opponent that he faced. Gill started IPL 2023 with a bang scoring match winning fifty against five-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings. He is currently in the top 10 list of leading run scorers in the season. Gill has amassed 116 runs in 3 matches in the season so far. He is among the top contenders to win the Orange Cap in IPL 2023 season.