Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has described that the Orange Cap as one of the silliest awards to give away in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to the batsman, finishers and impactful players influence the results in the shortest format more than top-order batsmen. Notably, the Orange Cap is given to the leading run-scorer in the T20 league. And, Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain KL Rahul won the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 as well.
In an interview with Aakash Chopra on YouTube, Dinesh Karthik has revealed the significance of finishers in the shortest format.
He opined: “I think the Orange Cap is one of the silliest awards to give away in the IPL. They (the organizers) could think of it in a much better way. Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell would never win the Orange Cap because they would not get the runs a Rohit Sharma or a Quinton de Kock or any other opener gets. What they would do though is influence a lot more matches with their batting than the openers during the course of a season. We are still in that number of runs and those kind of things. But (in T20Is) it comes down to that impact things.”
He further explained: “Between overs 18 and 20, the highest strike rate in the last four years in the IPL, I think No. 1 is me and then comes everyone else. The difference between them and me is they are power hitters while I am a touch player. I can’t hit a 100-metre six but I can definitely hit a 60-metre six.”And what I can do better than them is the reverse scoops or try and get under the bowlers’ nerves by playing with their fields. I can definitely step out and hit a first-ball six. So I have to find ways to hit those boundaries in the right way. My focus in T20 cricket is to get a boundary off the first 3-4 balls.”
Notably, Dinesh Karthik will next be seen in action for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the UAE when the second phase of IPL 2021 resumes in the September-October window as well.
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