The Indian Premier League is in its 11th season and like always, the fans are excited for the season to begin. The Twenty20 format of cricket followed in IPL is a very quick format of the game and unlike a Test match, it is based on how quick a player adapts to the game and gives his best shot. In this regard, the top order batsmen play a key role to get the scoreboard ticking. A good opening partnership can take the team to a winning stride provided the runs come quickly. Here are the top 10 batsmen to watch out for in IPL 2018 who could win the orange cap.
#1 Virat Kohli
A very classy player who is in great form, Kohli is definitely the #1 player to watch out for! He is the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
#2 Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn is an expert with the Twenty20 format of the game and is often referred to as the hitter.
#3 David Warner
This Australian player is a strong pillar for Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2018. He has a very strong experience for backing and is one of the most experienced players in IPL. For the past few seasons of IPL, he has been consistently scoring over 500 runs.
#4 Rohit Sharma
Playing for Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma comes with a very strong IPL experience. He has the passion and fervour to excel and all the talent to turn triumphant.
#5 Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina is returning to IPL after two years, followed by a ban on Chennai Super Kings. Though a surprise at number five, Raina can do a great job at IPL.
#6 Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis is debuting with Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018. He can be quite a surprise package for the tournament.
#7 Glenn Maxwell
Though he has been quite good in the previous seasons, Maxwell was not retained by KXIP and will play for Delhi Daredevils in this season of IPL. He is absolutely unstoppable and particularly dangerous now as he is in his form in the recent games.
#8 Shikhar Dhawan
Considered as a top prime player in international cricket, Dhawan is all geared up to set the field on fire for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He had a brilliant season with the previous IPL and the same is expected of him.
#9 Chris Gayle
Playing for Kings XI Punjab this season, Gayle has great IPL experience. With a strike rate of 151, this player can be tough to contain once he gets a standing on the field.
#10 Darcy Short
Playing for Rajasthan Royals, Darcy Short is making a debut in IPL. This Australian player is at a great form in domestic Twenty20 cricket and going by his overall statistics, he is touted to be a blasting player, a surprise package for his team.