Mohammed Shami & KL Rahul Receive Purple And Orange Caps
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IPL 2020: Mohammed Shami And KL Rahul Receive Purple And Orange Caps

KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Mohammed Shami of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) has stressed upon the importance of execution after earning the ‘Purple Cap’ by being the highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Mohammed Shami picked up one wicket during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), taking his wicket tally to four.

Mohammed Shami is presently jointly highest wicket-taker with RCB’s Yuzvendra Chahal and Shivam Dube, KXIP’s Sheldon Cottrell and Ravi Bishnoi and CSK’s Sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi. All of them have 4 wickets apiece. But Mohammad Shami has conceded fewer runs than the others. He has only conceded 29 runs at an average of 7.25 and economy of 4.14 which is phenomenal. The other players have conceded more than 40 runs.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credit: Getty Images

Mohammed Shami Gets Purple Cap After Being Highest Wicket Taker In IPL 2020

Mohammed Shami, who has performed brilliantly with the ball in death overs and with the new ball for the Indian team in recent months, was picked up by Kings XI Punjab for a hefty price tag of INR 4.8 crore in the 2019 IPL auction. He had a fine run in last season 2019 and finished as KXIP’s highest wicket-taker with 19 wickets from 14 games. He has so far 44 wickets from 53 IPL matches.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul

“Feeling so good to get the Purple Cap. The confidence has been high since game one and it really matters to execute whatever you have done during the preparation, especially in such a big tournament,” Shami said in a video posted by KXIP on Twitter.

KXIP secured a massive 97-run win against RCB after posting 206/3 while RCB could only score 109. KL Rahul, who is KXIP’s captain, scored a gem of an innings batting as an opener as he registered the highest score by an Indian in IPL. He remained unbeaten on 132 off only 69 balls which included 14 boundaries and 7 sixes.

KL Rahul Stars In KXIP’s Win

KXIP skipper KL Rahul scored the first century in IPL 2020 as he helped his side post a huge target of 207 for RCB. With this knock, he also achieved the highest individual score by an Indian player in the IPL surpassing Delhi Capital’s Rishabh Pant’s 128 not out. Murali Vijay scored 127 and Virender Sehwag scored 122 previously which are the other two high individual scores by the Indian batsmen in IPL history.

Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin then took three wickets each both conceding less than 35 runs in the match as they bundled out RCB for 109 runs.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Praising KL Rahul’s innings, Mohammad Shami said: “Every year we see him (play). The longer he plays, the more you enjoy. We have been playing together since a long time. I have enjoyed a lot of his innings in the past and today was just another day.”

With this innings, KL Rahul has two IPL centuries to his name and has a remarkable average of 44.37 in IPL where he has scored 2130 runs. He is also the ‘Orange Cap’ winner with most runs in IPL 2020. In this IPL season, he has 153 runs to his name and is ahead of CSK’s Faf Du Plessis who has 130. Mayank Agarwal has 115 runs, and apart from the trio, no batsman has scored more than 100 runs so far in this edition of IPL.

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