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Can anyone stop Williamson top scoring? Bookies price up IPL Orange Cap contenders

Ben Darvill 1 Apr 2019
Kane Williamson (credit:Nigel French/PA Archive/PA Images)

Will Virat Kohli shine on home soil, can Jos Buttler continue to showcase his ability, or can Kane Williamson once again top score in the IPL? Read on for our preview for the IPL and the top batsman betting odds.

*Odds correct at 16:39 GMT on 18/3/2019

*Odds correct at 16:39 GMT on 18/3/2019

*Odds correct at 16:39 GMT on 18/3/2019

At last, the Indian Premier League (IPL) returns for yet another instalment of the most exciting and unpredictable T20 tournament in the world. All eight teams are back including the newly named Delhi Capitals (formerly the Delhi Daredevils) with the side hoping the rebrand brings them more luck than they enjoyed last year. 

While all eyes will be on the overall winner of the competition, we are delving into the individuals and, in particular, their success with the bat, with a glut of incredible talent on show in India this year. 

The favourite to come out on top this season is Indian poster boy Virat Kohli at 8/1 with bet365. Kohli will captain Royal Challengers Bangalore as he looks to guide them to a better finish than last year, with RCB ending two points outside of the top four last season. Despite the struggles of the team, Kohli managed to finish as the seventh highest runs scorer with 530 runs in 14 innings. Kohli has looked fantastic across all three formats of the game in recent years and he will want to bring this into the IPL once again, with the adoring Indian fans baying to see him raise his bat in celebration in from of them. 

David Warner is next in the betting at 14/1, but backing him may be premature at this point. Warner has not played cricket since early last year after he was banned for his part in the ball tampering scandal when playing for Australia. While Warner is a fantastic batsman that has lit up the cricketing world over the last few years, his time away from the game may see a slow start from the Australian, and if the likes of Kohli, Jos Buttler and Kane Williamson get off to good starts, he may face too much of a mountain to climb in order to catch them. 

Next in line comes the likes of Rohit Sharma (12/1), Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul at 14/1 and Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma who are both 16/1 and playing on home turf, with the Indian stars looking to play themselves into form ahead of the 50 over Cricket World Cup in England this sumer. However, in the betting we are more interested in last year’s top scorer Kane Williamson, who is also available at 16/1. The New Zealand captain was outstanding last campaign as he knocked 735 runs in 17 innings at an average of 52.50. Eight half centuries was an incredible output, with the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain helping the side to the final, where they were eventually beaten by Chennai Super Kings. At 16/1, Williamson offers a huge amount of value, especially when considering the fact that he outscored his closest competitor by 51 runs, while he scored 205 more runs than Kohli in 2018. Clearly, if Williamson can get going with the bat this year, then he will be a formidable foe, whilst also offering good value for anyone that thinks he will make it two years in a row with the most runs. 

Veterans of the game that offer big value come in the form of Shane Watson (16/1) and AB de Villiers (14/1) and Chris Gayle (18/1). Watson hammered an impressive 555 runs along with two hundreds last year, and he continued this form in the 2018/19 Australian Big Bash as he clocked in 244 runs in 14 innings. De Villiers meanwhile was slightly quieter, scoring 480 runs in a season that featured six 50’s. Gayle meanwhile came into the tournament late but got off to a flyer only to be pegged back somewhat. 368 runs in 11 innings at an average of 40.88 included a huge score of 104 not out, and if he can take the form he showed in the 50 over games for the West Indies against England, then he will be tough to stop. 

One player we are surprised is so far down in the betting is Jos Buttler. England’s most-destructive player has become a household name in cricket across all three formats, but it is in the shorter formats of the game in which he can really show his attacking ability. At 50/1, Butter offers monumental value, especially after slamming 548 runs at an average of 54.80 in 13 innings last time out. Buttler was taken out of the 2018 tournament early due to England duty, which will likely happen once again with the World Cup so soon after the IPL, and that is probably the reason why he offers so much value. However, Buttler is more than capable of rising to the top of the rankings and staying there, such is his massive batting ability. If Buttler is able to start quickly, the rest of the pack could find it tough to claw the distance between the England batsman and themselves back although, with Williamson, Kohli, Warner and others all very good batsman, Buttler will have to be at his very best if he is to outscore them having played less. Australian Steve Smith (40/1) is a man that could be a decent wildcard as, like Warner, he has not seen much cricket since his ban for ball tampering, but such is his ability that we think he could definitely rise to the top of the run scoring charts. 

The question this year will revolve around whether the newer powerful players like Buttler and Pant can outscore veterans in de Villiers and Gayle, while the form of both Steve Smith and Warner will be a big factor for the pair going into the tournament as they will have seen a minimal amount of cricket. Finally, it must be questioned whether anyone can keep up with players like Kohli and Williamson, with the pair right up there when it comes to batting in any format of the game.

*Odds correct at 16:39 GMT on 18/3/2019

*Odds correct at 16:39 GMT on 18/3/2019

*Odds correct at 16:39 GMT on 18/3/2019

Bet365 - Indian Premier League Top Runs Scorer betting odds (selected odds):

Viart Kohli - 8/1

Rohit Sharma - 12/1

David Warner - 14/1

KL Rahul - 14/1

Shikhar Dhawan - 14/1 

AB de Villiers - 14/1

Rishabh Pant - 16/1

Kane Williamson - 16/1

Shane Watson - 16/1

Chris Gayle - 18/1

Steven Smith - 40/1

Jos Buttler - 50/1

*Odds correct at 16:39 GMT on 18/3/2019

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