Lucknow Super Giants- KL Rahul

KL Rahul will open the innings for Lucknow Super Giants alongside Proteas wicketkeeper, Quinton de Kock. Having some like De Kock opening the batting alongside him, it will aid KL Rahul to get settled down in the middle, before he starts playing the big shots.

Gujarat Titans- Shubman Gill

A key issue with Shubman Gill approach in T20 Cricket has been that he becomes a little too cautious after the powerplay overs. If Gill is able to play his natural game and express himself out there in the middle, then there is no doubt that the youngster is capable of scoring more than 500-600 runs in a season.

Sunrisers Hyderabad- Kane Williamson

Nevertheless, he managed to score 266 runs in 10 matches last season at an average of 44.33. Kane Williamson might open the batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season due to the lack of personnel in batting. This might be the season when the Kiwi batter finally gets among the runs on a consistent basis.

Rajasthan Royals- Sanju Samson

Overall, Sanju Samson has 3068 runs in 121 IPL games at an average of just under 30. If the Indian middle-order batter can show some consistency this season, then he could be in the reckoning for the Orange Cap. He is expected to bat at the number three spot for his side, which will give him plenty of time to construct his innings.

Chennai Super Kings- Ruturaj Gaikwad

In the absence of Mr. IPL, Suresh Raina in the CSK squad, Ruturaj Gaikwad remains they key batter for his side this season. And more often than not, the 24-year-old has shown his ability to handle pressure well. Ruturaj Gaikwad will be eager to defend his Orange Cap in 2022, and will also have one eye on the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup.

Punjab Kings- Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan’s consistency can be proved by the fact that he has scored more than 500 runs in each IPL season since 2016. In fact in 2020, he scored back-to-back centuries, and amassed 618 runs at an average of just over 44. Last season, the 36-year-old managed another impressive tally, scoring 587 runs at an average of 39.13.

Kolkata Knight Riders- Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer should come into bat at number three for Kolkata Knight Riders, and he could emerge as a good candidate for the Orange Cap this season. With the ICC T20 World Cup coming up in just six months time, the Indian middle-order batter will want to prove his worth and let his bat do the talking.

Delhi Capitals- David Warner

In the recent past, we have often seen David Warner taking his time out in the middle during the early part of the innings. With Prithvi Shaw opening the batting alongside him, the Indian batter will set a platform for the Australian to calmly build his innings, something which he did so well at Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Mumbai Indians – Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan will have the license to play his natural game. Moreover, the 23-year-old’s game has evolved over the past couple of years, as he can keep the score-board moving by playing the field around. He remains a good candidate to claim the Orange Cap in the IPL 2022 season.

Royal Challengers Bangalore- Virat Kohli

The 33-year-old’s best season in terms of runs came in 2016, when he scored 973 runs in 16 innings at a staggering average of 81.08, which included four big hundreds. One of the primary reasons for his performance with the bat that season was an opening partner in the form of Chris Gayle, who took the pressure of him in the earlier overs.