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Betting on the 2021 IPL Top Run-Scorer – Orange Cap Odds, Analysis, and Predictions

| March 18, 2021 7:07 am PDT

Betting on the top run-scorer in the IPL is always fun – and 2021 won’t be any different.

Every season, the Orange Cap is awarded to the most prolific batsman in the Indian Premier League. Legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle, and Virat Kohli have scooped the prize in the past. But who will be the leading run-scorer in the IPL this year?

In this post, I assess the 2021 Orange Cap odds, analyze the betting favorites and sleepers, and share my Orange Cap predictions for the 2021 IPL season.

Let’s start by checking out the latest odds for the top run-scorer in the 2021 Indian Premier League.

Latest 2021 IPL Orange Cap Betting Odds

Here are the latest IPL Orange Cap odds for 2021. Remember, always shop around at the leading online sportsbooks to get the most competitive prices.

Unsurprisingly, KL Rahul (9.00) – the Orange Cap holder – is the bookmakers’ favorite to finish as the top run-scorer in the Indian Premier League this year.

But as you can see, Virat Kohli (10.00), Faf du Plessis (12.00), Shikhar Dhawan (12.00), and Mayank Agarwal (12.00) are all expected to challenge the Punjab Kings’ captain for his crown.

Further down the 2021 Orange Cap odds list, David Warner (18.00) – who finished third on last season’s run-scoring leaderboard – will be confident of securing a record fourth Orange Cap this year, while Shreyas Iyer (25.00) was the fourth-highest run-scorer in the 2020 Indian Premier League.

Only five men have scored more runs in IPL history than AB de Villiers (25.00) – and one of those men is Rohit Sharma (33.00).

Right, let’s take a closer look at the betting favorites for the Orange Cap in 2021.

Analyzing the 2021 IPL Orange Cap Favorites

At first glance, the 2021 Orange Cap odds are hugely attractive. I mean, the bookies’ favorite is priced at 9.00, so we are bound to find some great value bets here.

KL Rahul (9.00)

After making a relatively slow start to his IPL career, KL Rahul has seriously upped his game in recent years.

The Punjab batsman played 39 games across his first four seasons in the league, accumulating 725 runs. But over the past three seasons, he has scored a phenomenal 1,922 runs in 42 matches.

KL RAHUL’S 2020 IPL SEASON IN NUMBERS
Innings Runs Not Outs High Score Average Strike Rate 100s 50s
14 670 2 132* 55.83 129.34 1 5

Rahul clinched last year’s Orange Cap by smashing 670 runs, finishing 52 runs clear of his nearest challenger – Shikhar Dhawan. The Kings failed to qualify for the playoffs, yet Rahul still managed to outscore his rivals.

Finishing the 2020 campaign with an average of 55.83 and a high score of 132*, it goes without saying that Rahul must be considered when it comes to betting on the IPL Orange Cap in 2021.

Virat Kohli (10.00)

By his own high standards, Virat Kohli endured a below-par campaign in last year’s Indian Premier League. Granted, he still managed to score 466 runs. But he only finished ninth in the 2020 run-scoring charts.

However, let’s not forget that Kohli is the leading run-scorer in IPL history.

Across 184 innings, the India captain has racked up 5878 runs – over 500 runs more than Suresh Raina, who sits second on the leaderboard.

Kohli won the Orange Cap in record-breaking fashion back in 2016, yet his team – Royal Challengers Bangalore – has never won the IPL title. I could argue that RCB’s customary shortcomings will hinder Kohli’s chance of winning another Orange Cap.

Faf du Plessis (12.00)

The Chennai Super Kings may have finished second from bottom in the 2020 Indian Premier League standings, yet Faf du Plessis was a constant threat to opposing teams last year.

The South African veteran scored 449 runs – 90 runs more than team-mate Ambati Rayudu – to finish as CSK’s leading run-scorer last season and ended the campaign with an average of 40.81.

The Super Kings will surely be competing for a playoff place this year, meaning that you should be thinking about du Plessis if you’re serious about betting on the IPL’s top run-scorer in 2021.

Shikhar Dhawan (12.00)

Shikhar Dhawan currently sits fifth in the all-time IPL run-scoring charts, although the Delhi Capitals batsman has never been able to get his hands on the Orange Cap.

However, it is worth noting that the 35-year-old enjoyed his most prolific season to date last year. Only Rahul scored more runs than the DC star in 2020, as Dhawan finished the campaign with 618 runs to his name – and an eye-catching average of 44.14.

Not only did Dhawan hit the most fours in the competition last term (67), but he was also the only man to chalk up two centuries. Given that he surpassed the 100-run milestone on two separate occasions last year, Dhawan is likely to mount another serious Orange Cap charge in 2021.

Mayank Agarwal (12.00)

On the topic of centuries – Mayank Agarwal was one of only four players to notch up a triple-figure knock in the previous campaign. The PK batsman scored 106 against RR last season, although he ended up in fourteenth place on the 2020 run-scoring leaderboard.

MAYANK AGARWAL’S 2020 IPL SEASON IN NUMBERS
Innings Runs Not Outs High Score Average Strike Rate 100s 50s
11 424 0 106 38.54 156.45 1 2

Agarwal is known for scoring quick runs, having clocked up 424 at a strike rate of 156.45 last year. But with Rahul set to be the Kings’ main man again in 2021, it could be difficult for Agarwal to compete for the Orange Cap.

Sleepers for the IPL Orange Cap in 2021

There are several of batsmen that are capable of upsetting the odds for the top run-scorer in the Indian Premier League in 2021. So, let’s assess this year’s Orange Cap sleepers.

Quinton de Kock (16.00)

Quinton de Kock finished sixth in the overall IPL run-scoring charts last season. The South African accumulated 503 runs across 16 innings, firing the Mumbai Indians to the title.

Still, the MI star ended up 167 runs shy of Rahul in 2020.

If de Kock can consistently produce hefty knocks throughout 2021, he could challenge for the Orange Cap. But in my opinion, there are plenty of more likely winners this year.

David Warner (18.00)

Having finished as the IPL’s leading run-scorer in three of the past six seasons, I’m shocked to see that David Warner is priced at 18.00 to win the Orange Cap in 2021.

The 2015, 2017, and 2019 champion finished third on last year’s leaderboard – and his 548 runs even saw him move up to third in the Indian Premier League’s all-time run-scoring charts.

If you’re looking for a 2021 Orange Cap sleeper bet, look no further than Warner.

Jonny Bairstow (20.00)

Warner’s SH team-mate Jonny Bairstow only featured in 11 IPL games last season, yet he still ended up as the Sunrisers’ third-highest scorer in 2020 – racking up 345 runs at a strike rate of 126.83.

JONNY BAIRSTOW’S OVERALL IPL RECORD
Season Matches Runs Average Strike Run 100s 50s
2020 11 345 31.36 126.83 0 3
2019 10 445 55.62 157.24 1 2
Overall 21 790 41.57 142.34 1 5

If the big-hitting Englishman gets more opportunities to show what he can do this year, there is no reason why he can’t compete with the best batsmen in the competition.

Shreyas Iyer (25.00)

Despite scoring 16 more runs than Quinton de Kock last season, Shreyas Iyer is priced at 25.00 to win the Orange Cap in 2021, while de Kock is priced at 16.00.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a standout 2020 campaign, scoring 519 runs in 17 matches. With only Warner, Dhawan, and Rahul outscoring Iyer last year, I’m expecting the DC batsman to attract plenty of attention when it comes to betting on the 2021 Orange Cap winner.

Rishab Pant (25.00)

Rishab Pant is one of the most exciting young talents in world cricket; there is no denying that.

At just 23, the gifted wicket-keeper-batsman already has five IPL seasons in the tank. With 2079 runs and a strike rate of 151.97 to his name, as well as one century and 11 50s, Pant could easily enjoy his best campaign to date in 2021.

If he can score a 115-ball hundred in a Test match against England, just imagine what he could do in the Indian Premier League this year.

AB de Villiers (25.00)

Having secured tenth place on last year’s leaderboard by scoring 454 runs, AB de Villiers became the sixth-highest scorer in IPL history – reaching 2849 runs in 156 innings.

The former Proteas legend may by 37, but he is still capable of upsetting the IPL Orange Cap odds in 2021. Fellow RCB stars Devdutt Padikkal and Kohli both outscored de Villiers in the previous campaign, although nobody would be surprised if he ended up being Bangalore’s main man this year.

Ishan Kishan (25.00)

Not only was Ishan Kishan MI’s leading run-scorer in 2020, but he also finished fifth in the overall charts. I mean, you’ve got to be good if you’re the top batsman for the title-winning team, right?

ISHAN KISHAN’S 2020 IPL SEASON IN NUMBERS
Innings Runs Not Outs High Score Average Strike Rate 100s 50s
14 516 4 99 57.33 145.76 0 4

Considering that Kishan is still just 22, he is only going to get better. At 25.00, Kishan is a seriously attractive sleeper option for betting on the top run-scorer for the 2021 IPL season.

Rohit Sharma (33.00)

Rohit Sharma had a season to forget last year, scoring 332 runs in 12 outings. Of course, that is by no means a bad record. But this is Rohit Sharma we’re talking about.

Having been at MI right from the very beginning, Sharma is the fourth-highest run-scorer in the history of the Indian Premier League. But he has never won the Orange Cap.

However, at 33.00, it could be worth placing a small wager on the veteran Mumbai star.

Who Will Win the IPL Orange Cap in 2021?

When it comes to betting on the top run-scorer in the IPL in 2021, there are obviously multiple variables to consider.

Every team will play a minimum of 14 games, facing each side twice. But with some teams reaching the 17-game mark during the playoffs, you probably want to make sure that your Orange Cap pick belongs to a team that is likely to go beyond the regular season.

Having said that, Punjab missed out on the playoffs last year – and Rahul still managed to finish as the competition’s leading run-scorer!

With the 2021 Orange Cap odds starting at 9.00, any of the favorites are worth betting on, at least in my eyes. Rahul could easily retain his crown, while Kohli, du Plessis, Dhawan, and Agarwal could also scoop the prize.

Elsewhere, Warner, Pant, and de Villiers are all eye-catching sleeper options for me.

That wraps up my betting preview for the IPL’s top run-scorer in 2021. For more Indian Premier League betting opportunities, head over to our cricket blog.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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