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IPL Awards Odds 2021: Wide-Open Battle for Purple Cap

Rahul Chahar IPL Awards Odds 2021: Wide-Open Battle for Purple Cap

The ultimate prize in the IPL is of course the winner’s trophy. That’s what all the teams are trying to win and that’s the silverware that the players most want to get their hands on.

There can only be one winner of the IPL, but there are a few other awards up for grabs for players who shine on an individual basis, rather than a collective one.

It’s not any player’s fault if they play out of their skins every game, yet their team fails to win matches despite their standout efforts. And that’s where the Emerging Player Award and the Gamechanger of the Season Award come into play.

There’s also a Fair Play award to be won, for the team who shows just that. Plus, of course, the Orange and Purple Caps for the top bowler and batsman of the IPL, respectively.

Let’s look at the IPL awards odds and pick out a few of the best bets on them.

Purple Cap Award - Top Batsman

Just under halfway into the group stages and we have a fascinating battle for the Purple Cap, the award handed out to the IPL’s top batsman overall.

Here’s what Betway makes of it all, bearing in mind we have two big games on Thursday that could affect proceedings.

Top Batsman Odds
PlayerOdds
Faf du Plessis+500
KL Rahul+500
Shikhar Dhawan+500
David Warner+1000
Glenn Maxwell+1000
Rohit Sharma+1000
AB de Villiers+1200
Prithvi Shaw+1200
Jonny Bairstow+1400
Raturaj Gaikward+1400
Sanju Samson+1400

And here’s what we make of the leading contenders:

Faf du Plessis (CSK, 270 runs)

After a lean season last year, du Plessis looks back to his best. He only plays for South Africa on an ad hoc basis these days and his transition into T20 globetrotter has improved his T20 batting in terms of making him more aggressive and happier to play unconventional shots.

Opening the batting for the table-topping CSK, du Plessis has been in brilliant touch for them with a mix of controlled aggression, beautiful stroke play and steady run accumulation through rotating the strike.

The result is three 50s in six knocks and a top score of 95 not out. He was good once again on Wednesday, scoring 56 in a simple chase against SRH.

Interestingly, those six knocks include a duck so he could be on plenty more.

With CSK likely to secure themselves a top-two finish, he should be guaranteed two extra games in the playoffs, which will boost his chances. A worthy favorite.

KL Rahul (PK, 240 runs)

The Punjab skipper is quickly becoming Mr. IPL in terms of batsmen after winning the award in 2020. Right now, he’s sitting pretty in second place and this despite his side’s early struggles. Punjab may only have two wins from six so far, but Rahul has been doing his thing.

He started the season in style with an excellent 91 against the Royals and has since also added scores of 61 and 60 not out, although there were a couple of single-figure scores in there as well.

He’s looked really good throughout and has already smashed 11 sixes with his trademark pulls and lofts over extra cover, but it’s not always easy scoring runs in a struggling side.

Remarkably, last year he won it despite Punjab not making the playoffs, meaning he played two fewer matches than a lot of other players. To win it this year, he may have to repeat the trick because PK doesn’t look likely to make the playoffs right now. It’s very difficult but not impossible.

Shikhar Dhawan (DC, 240 runs)

Another extremely consistent customer, Dhawan was runner-up for the Purple Cap last year.

There are few players in the game who are better at finding the boundary when on song and he’s also one of those who generally kicks on and gets 80 or 90 once he passes 40.

The Delhi opener has all the shots and DC should go far in this tournament. But Dhawan has always had a slight habit of mixing feast with famine so he can go on runs when he goes two or three innings without scoring many, often getting out to rash shots early.

But he’s a real class act, has a great record in this competition and has it in him to score a century out of nowhere. 

David Warner (SRH, 193 runs)

Here’s one you can cross off straight away as a betting opportunity.

Despite scoring those runs, Warner has been in poor touch this IPL. There’s been little of the fluency of previous years and he’s often got himself bogged down and found himself incapable of finding a boundary when he needs one.

It’s looking almost impossible for SRH to make the playoffs after just one win in six so he’s also unlikely to get those extra games to play in.

One to avoid, especially because his odds are far too short anyway.

Glenn Maxwell (RCB, 223 runs)

You can also cross off the RCB man. Maxwell was the early front-runner after some good early knocks but there’s a good reason why you shouldn’t consider him: he’s not an opener.

Every last winner of the Purple Cap has been an opener, and batting at 3 or 4 like Maxwell does means your opportunities are limited.

Just as an example, against the Royals a few days ago, he didn’t bat at all because the openers finished the job and he wasn’t needed. This is an extreme case but there will be times when he’ll only face 30 or so balls and not have enough to get a decent score. 

He’s a great player but don’t be fooled; he bats too low.

Emerging Player Award

The next IPL awards odds to look at are on the Emerging Player of the Year betting market. But who is eligible to win the award?

Here’s the criteria as set out by the IPL itself:

Criteria for Emerging Player Award

“This award will be given by BCCI to the player who has best demonstrated, through his performances during the season, his potential to be a future star of international cricket. In order to be eligible for the Emerging Player Award, a player must meet all four of the following criteria:”

  • Should be born after April 1, 1994
  • Should have played 5 or less Test matches or 20 or less ODIs
  • Should have played in 25 or less IPL matches (as of the start of the season)
  • Should have not previously won the Emerging Player Award

So, in a nutshell, we’re talking about players who are 26 or under, who haven’t played much international cricket, who have never won it before, and who have played not more than two full seasons of IPL cricket.

Gamechanger of the Season Award

How is the award given out?

This was formerly known as the Player of the Year award and used to be awarded via a vote. But since 2013, it’s been known as the Gamechanger of the Season award and is handed out on an objective rather than subjective basis. Points are awarded as follows:

“Every four hit is equal to 2.5 points. Every six hit and wicket taken is equal to 3.5 points each. Every dot ball bowled gets 1 point. Every catch taken and stumping done are equal to 2.5 points each.”

How to bet on the IPL

Choose one or more of our recommended IPL betting sites, open an account and then head to “Cricket” and underneath that, “IPL.”

Here you’ll find not only all of the individual match markets but also the outright markets like the three mentioned above, plus other ones like tournament top batsman, top bowler or the overall winner.  

Researching stats and team IPL news is one way of getting the most out of your IPL bets but another good option is to keep an eye on these very pages and follow the IPL betting tips of our experts.

In the meantime, here’s a guide to how to bet on IPL.