Indian Premier League is not just a tournament it’s a festival for cricket lovers in India. IPL has always brought the best out of the players since the beginning of the tournament. And the fans of the teams always show their best support, which helps the players always do more than their best. The best batsman gets the coveted award of Orange Cap in the IPL. Many players have won this award since the beginning of the tournament through their stellar performance in the tournament.
Here is the list of players who won the Orange Cap since the emergence of IPL: –
In 2008, at the emergence of the tournament, the explosive batsman Shaun Marsh of Australia made quite an impression. Smashing a century and five half-centuries, he lit up the tournament. Marsh scored with a healthy strike rate of 139.68 and etched his name in the orange cap holders list. His success in IPL etched his place in the national team of Australia for limited-overs the same year.
Shaun Marsh’s stats that session as a Kings XI Punjab player was 616 runs with an average of 66.84.
In 2009 the IPL moved to South Africa; the condition was best used by the Aussie great Mathew Hayden. He smashed 572 runs in that tournament and he became the second Australian to own that cap.
Mathew Hayden’s stats that session as Chennai Super King player was 572 runs at an average of 52.00.
In the 2010 edition of the tournament, it was no surprise that Sachin Tendulkar went on to become the first Indian batsman to win the Orange Cap. The year saw Sachin show why he is considered the “God of Cricket” as he piled a staggering 1562 runs in Tests, becoming the highest run-scorer in that calendar year. The maestro also became the first Indian male player to score a double century in ODIs. That year Sachin Tendulkar led his team of Mumbai Indians to the finals, but unfortunately, his team lost to Chennai Super Kings in the finals.
Sachin Tendulkar’s stats that session as the captain of Mumbai Indian was 618 runs at an average of 47.53.
Chris Gayle joined Royal Challengers Bangalore for the session of 2011. He spent three sessions with KKR and spent very ordinary sessions with KKR. But a change in franchise brought luck for Chris. He went on to become a crowd favorite for his explosive batting style and his power-hitting skill. He went on to score 608 runs from just 12 innings. Scoring two centuries and three half-centuries.
His stat as a Royal Challengers Bangalore player for that session was 608 runs with an average of 67.55.
For the 2012 edition, it was safe to say that ‘Gaylestorm’ struck twice in the IPL. Chris Gayle was such a brilliant player for the franchise, that he got an advance full contract for the franchise ahead of the season. Gayle was unstoppable that season, he passed the 700-run mark and etched his name in the annals of IPL. Gayle’s power-hitting reached its pinnacle in 2012. Scoring one ton and seven fifties in that season.
Chris Gayle scored 733 runs with an average of 61.08.
Michael Hussey took the crown away from the ‘Universe Boss’ by 25 runs and won the coveted award at the end of 2013’s session. ‘MrCricket’ showed that age has no bar. He played an instrumental role in helping Chennai’s campaign. Michael Hussey went on to slam six half-centuries in the season.
Michael Hussey scored 733 runs that year with an average of 52.35.
Robin Uthappa for Kolkata Knight Riders showed that consistency is the key, as he went on to score 660 runs at an average of 44.00. He became the second Indian person to win the Orange Cap. He formed a formidable partnership with his skipper Gautam Gambhir and thus played a crucial role in helping his team win the IPL trophy.
Robin Uthappa went on to score 660 runs at an average of 44.00 that season.
- In IPL 2015, David Warner left the big stage ablaze, as he went on racking seven half-centuries and scoring 562 runs in that season. The explosive batsman made a formidable duo with Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order and became the second Australian left-hander to win the Orange Cap. Unfortunately, his team didn’t qualify for the playoffs and finished sixth in the league.
David Warner scored 562 runs at an average of 43.23.
For the 2016 season of IPL, nobody deserves the Orange Cap more than Virat Kohli. As he does in all formats of cricket “King Kohli” went on to shatter records one after another. His hunger for runs that season saw him end up with Bradmanesque numbers with a huge score of 973 runs in 16 games with an explosive strike rate of 152.03, including smashing 4 centuries (which is the highest in a season) and seven fifties.
These colossal numbers will stand the test of time. And if there is anyone who can break this record it will be the man himself.
Virat Kohli scored 973 runs with an unthinkable average of 81.08.
It is not hard to imagine why David Warner is such a high-rated player in the IPL. Despite having hit 848 runs in the 2016 edition, he fell short of “King Kohli”. But in the 2017 edition, he went back and smashed 646 runs and won the coveted award for the second year.
David Warner for this season scored 646 runs at an average of 58.27.
After the whole ball-tampering incident by David Warner, he had to step down as the skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad just before IPL 2018. Taking this responsibility and taking control was difficult for Kane Williamson but he took it seriously. The New Zealand captain was at his best the whole season. Scoring 735 runs at an average of 52.50. his effort helped the defending champions to get into the finals, where they, unfortunately, lost to Chennai Super Kings.
Kane Williamson scored 735 runs at an impressive average of 52.50.
In the 2019 edition of IPL, David Warner finds himself again on the list of winning the coveted award. The Australian Southpaw played a huge role in the franchise of Sunrisers Hyderabad, taking the team to straight playoffs in every season of IPL since 2016.
David Warner scored 692 runs in this edition of IPL with a stunning average of 69.20.
He also became the first player to win the Orange Cap award for the third time straight.
The skipper of Kings XI Punjab, KL Rahul the Orange Cap winner of the 2020 edition of IPL was in a league of his own. Even though his team didn’t make the playoffs, and despite playing just 14 matches he amassed 670 runs. Averaging 55.83 the Indian right-handed batsman set lofty standards for every player. His best knock of – 132 runs off 69 balls against RCB was the highest individual score of IPL 2020.
KL Rahul scored 670 runs with an average of 55.83.
Chennai Super Kings went on to win their fourth title inching closer to the Mumbai Indians tally of five titles. Most of the damage by bat from CSK was done by Ruturaj Gaikwad, as he went on to amass 635 runs from 16 matches with a strike rate of 136.36.
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 635 runs with an average of 45.35.
We wish every player who is going to play in this IPL all the best and every franchise all the best.
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