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IPL Awards Odds 2021: Gaikwad And Morris Ready To Pounce

Shikhar Dhawan leads IP award odds for Top Batsman.

It’s been just over four months since the IPL was suspended. Most of the big candidates for the Top Bowler and Top Batsman awards will be returning to the IPL and this time the UAE to try to finish top of the pile, whereas a couple won’t be returning at all.

Here’s a reminder of how things stand on the top markets at Betway, complete with the latest odds and with a tip on who could go out and end up winning them.

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Dhawan Leads IPL 2021 Top Batsman Betting Odds 

IPL 2021 Top Batsman Odds
PlayerOdds
Shikhar Dhawan+175
KL Rahul+300
Faf du Plessis+600
Prithvi Shaw+900
Sanju Samson+1000
Ruturaj Gaikwad+1100
Mayank Agarwal+1600
Rohit Sharma+1600
Virat Kohli+1600

Odds as of September 21 at Betway

IPL Top Batsman Candidates & Analysis

It’s a familiar story at the top of the market.

Shikhar Dhawan is the favorite, KL Rahul is second-favorite. Familiar because last year it was KL Rahul who won the Orange Cap, with Dhawan finishing just behind him.

KL Rahul (331 runs)

KL Rahul can consider himself extremely fortunate that the IPL was suspended when it was. He had just suffered a bout of appendicitis and missed the Punjab Kings’ last game knowing he was about to undergo surgery on it.

He would have missed a lot more games in the IPL had it not been put on hold but of course, that’s not a problem now. And he showed some good recent form over in England, albeit in the Test arena.

We all know what a class act he is in the IPL. His IPL career average of 45 makes him one of the IPL’s greatest all-time batsmen and his record over the past four years is even better: 54.91, 53.90, 55.83 and 66.20 as an average. His overall IPL record includes two centuries and a remarkable 25 fifties, at a strike rate of 135. Add in the fact that he’s an opening batsman and he ticks all the boxes … bar one.

Punjab is going to have to work extremely hard to qualify from here, which means he may just play the 13 group matches – he already missed that one game because of his illness. Those playing all group games plus playoff matches may play 14 or 15 games in total, which could make all the difference. 

Shikhar Dhawan (380 runs)

He’s top of the leaderboard and he’s playing for the side who are joint-top themselves.

So unlike Rahul, a top-two finish for Delhi will mean they’re guaranteed an extra two games in the playoffs, meaning that’s two more games for the prolific Dhawan to fill his boots.  Also an opening batsman, Dhawan’s 380 runs includes three fifties. No one has scored more fours than his 43 so far this season.

But Dhawan can be a streaky player. It’s 70 or 80 one day, a two-ball duck the next. Yes, that can happen to anyone in this format but he’s not always the most consistent. And at odds of just +175 and despite his strong record in the last two years, maybe he’s just not consistent enough to justify that price.

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Faf du Plessis (320 runs)

It’s been a strange few months for du Plessis.

First, he scored a load of runs in the first half of the IPL. Then he sustained a concussion while playing in England and missed the whole of The Hundred.

Having finally recovered from that, he scored a brilliant century in the CPL as he captained the Lucia Kings, only to then get injured ahead of the playoffs.

He did recover from that injury to play in CSK’s first game after the restart against Mumbai, but with no success at all, getting out for 0 off three balls. He’s an excellent player, of course he is. But so much has happened over the past few months that going on to be the IPL’s top batsman in 2021 may just be a little bit too much.

Best Bet: Ruturaj Gaikwad

It’s a bit of a shame that I didn’t get to tip Gaikwad ahead of that game against Mumbai. He was twice the odds he is now.

But on the other hand, his match-winning 88 off 58 against Mumbai has put him into fifth spot for most runs on 284 and was his third fifty of the season.  Given he’s less than 100 runs off the pace, there are good reasons to think those odds make plenty of appeal.

There are two more factors in his favor beyond the obvious one that he’s an in-form opening batsman. He only played six games here last season in the UAE after an early injury, yet scored three fifties in them. So, he obviously likes it out here. And with CSK going so well, he should get to play those two extra games.

Patel Leads Odds To Take Most Wickets 

IPL 2021 Top Wicket Taker Odds
PlayerOdds
Harshal Patel+125
Avesh Khan+350
Chris Morris+400
Rashid Khan+800
Trent Boult+1200
Deepak Chahar+1400
Rahul Chahar+1400
Jasprit Bumrah+2000
Kyle Jamieson+2000

Odds as of September 21 at Betway

IPL Top Wicket Taker Candidates

Harshal Patel’s start to the IPL was absolutely remarkable. He’s taken just over two wickets a game and those 17 wickets were massively aided by his 5/27 in one of those early games.

If you think that the RCB man will continue his excellent form and benefit from probably playing one or two extra matches should RCB make the playoffs, then his current odds may interest you, given how he’s already ahead. But he’s a vastly inexperienced player at this level and we’ll have to wait and see if the break did him good or harm. 

Avesh Khan To Challenge?

There’s another slight unknown in the form of Avesh Khan of Delhi. He’s on 14 wickets and was another who took the first half of the IPL by storm despite not having played much in the competition at all in the past. With Delhi going well, he’ll also have a couple of playoff matches to try to improve on his number of wickets.

Deepak Chahar (10) and Trent Boult (10) have played plenty on these UAE wickets in the past so they may have a strong second half of the season here. But then again, they’re quite a bit off the pace already. 

Best Bet: Back Chris Morris To Be IPL Top Wicket Taker

If you’re going to swerve the two favorites, I’d much rather go with Chris Morris.

The South African was famously the most expensive-ever purchase when he was bought by Rajasthan in this season’s IPL. As an all-rounder, you’d expect him to get some runs but that just hasn’t really happened with a top score of just 36 so far.

But he’s certainly gone some way to justifying his price tag with the ball. Fourteen wickets in seven games are almost twice as many as the next-best Rajasthan man (Mustafizur Rahman, 8 wickets) and puts him joint-second alongside Khan for the whole of the IPL. His brand of line-and-length bowling may suit these UAE wickets and it helps that he bowls at the death, when batsmen tend to take more risks.

In fifth place at the moment, Rajasthan may yet make the playoffs. In fact, they look stronger now than they did when the IPL was suspended, with Liam Livingstone, Evin Lewis and Tabraiz Shamsi now in the side. That will help Morris’ chances.


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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.

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