IPL Top Batsman Guide: Kohli Favourite to be Top Dog

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:02 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 5:02 PM UTC

Who will score most runs in the tournament? Finding the winner at big numbers for top bat can result in big profits

<h2><strong>Did you know?</strong></h2><p><br />Deciphering the top runscorer market in the IPL is pretty simple. All you have to do is pick an opening batsman and you will have a fun ride. Betting on this market is one of the IPL highlights.</p><p>Why on earth would you want to be on a No 3 or a No 4 when it is highly unlikely they will get less batting time than an opener? Remember, a No 1 or 2 is absolutely guaranteed to bat. No-one else is.</p><p>So although the likes of <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/ab-de-villiers-cricket-player-profile/89596/" target="_blank" title="AB De Villiers: Cricket Player Profile">AB De Villiers</a> at Royal Challengers Bangalore, Steve Smith at Rajasthan Royals and Suresh Raina at Chennai Super Kings will be popular follows on reputation and runs records, they won’t be opening.</p><p>An opener has the opportunity to bat for the entire 20 overs. And the opportunity to bat for the first six-over powerplay when runs are at their easiest. Repeat: no-one else does. Although this sounds like child’s play it’s worth repeating for the Indian Premier League 2019 because last year, Kane Williamson, batting at No 3 for Sunrisers Hyderabad finished No 1. That’s only happened twice in IPL history. So who best to follow?</p><h2><strong>Virat Kohli</strong></h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/royal-challengers-bangalore-ipl-2019-team-profile/89569/" target="_blank" title="Bangalore Royal Challengers"><strong>Bangalore Royal Challengers</strong></a></p><p>Kohli will go off as favourite to top the charts. In terms of talent that is fair enough. He is the best batter in the world. But the big question is this: will he open? Bangalore failed to land a senior opener in the auction so it would make sense if Kohli batted there. Why not give the best player in the world the most overs? It’s a no-brainer for us. Kohli won in 2016 from the opening berth.</p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/virat-kohli-cricket-player-profile/89593/" target="_blank" title="Virat Kohli Player Profile"><b>Virat Kohli Player Profile</b></a></p><h2><strong>KL Rahul</strong></h2><p><strong><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/kings-xi-punjab-ipl-2019-team-profile/89572/" target="_blank" title="Kings XI Punjab">Kings XI Punjab</a> </strong></p><p>Rahul is a ferocious hitter and he carried the Kings Xi batting last term. Can he do the same in IPL 2019? Yes. He was unlucky not to top the run charts with a blistering 658 at a strike rate of 158. Had Kings qualified for the play-offs, which they were set to do after a fast start, as discussed in the team profile, he would have probably made it.</p><h2><strong>Martin Guptill</strong></h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/sunrisers-hyderabad-ipl-2019-team-preview/89566/" target="_blank" title="Sunrisers Hyderabad"><strong>Sunrisers Hyderabad</strong></a></p><p>Guptill, a New Zealander, top scored in the last 50-over World Cup. That’s an infinitely tougher task than coming out top of the pile in an IPL. After signing for the Sunrisers he is set to open the batting with David Warner, the destructive Aussie. Ordinarily, we’d pick on Warner here but he is set to lose a couple of innings because of a pre-tournament injury. So Guptill has an edge. We are also confident that Sunrisers could go deep – another important factor when thinking about a bet.</p><p><strong>Read More: <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/2019-indian-premier-league-complete-ipl-betting-guide/89535/" target="_blank" title="Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide">Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide</a></strong></p>
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