The orange cap in IPL is an award given to the highest run-scorer in the Indian Premier League. A week after the inaugural season of IPL began in April 2008 the award was introduced. During the season the batsmen with most runs wears the Orange Cap while fielding. At the end of the tournament, the Orange Cap is awarded to the winner. In the inaugural season, Brendon McCullum became the first player to wear it while Shaun Marsh won the cap in first season of IPL.
Let’s take a look at the winners of the Orange Cap from the first edition of the tournament to the most recent one.
2008- Shaun Marsh, Kings XI Punjab
616 runs at 66.84
Australian Shaun Marsh had a breakthrough year at the inaugural season of IPL scoring 616 runs at an average of 66.84. He made quite an impression as a left-handed batsman by smashing a century and five half-centuries. His strike-rate was 139.68, good one for the consistent player. In the same year, he made his limited-overs debut for his national side owing to his success in IPL.
2009- Matthew Hayden, Chennai Super Kings
572 runs at 52.00
The second season of the tournament took place in South Africa which wasn’t the good news for Indian batsmen. Only three Indian batsmen featured in the top 10. Matthew Hayden exploited the conditions perfectly and scored 572 runs. His strike rate was at 144.81 with an average of 66.84. With five half-centuries the burly opener became the second Australian to win this award.
2010- Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai Indians
618 runs at 47.53
The God of Cricket became the first Indian to win the Orange Cap at the end of IPL 2010. That year he also scored a staggering 1562 runs in Test cricket for India. His highest score was 89 not out. His batting average was at 47.53 and a strike rate of 132.61. Even though he was the leading run-scorer he could not see his team to the title in the finals against Chennai Super Kings.
2011- Chris Gayle, Royal Challengers Bangalore
608 runs at 67.55
Chris Gayle was called in for Dirk Nannes. After spending three humdrum years with KKR, transferring to RCB changed his fortunes. The explosive West Indian would be remembered for a long time for his explosive power hitting. In 12 innings he smashed 608 runs which included two centuries and three half-centuries.
2012- Chris Gayle, Royal Challengers Bangalore
733 runs at 61.08
‘Gaylestrom’ as he was famously known struck for the second consecutive time and earned him a full contract with RCB. With seven fifties and one ton, he became the first Orange Cap winner to cross the 700-run mark.
2013- Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings
733 runs at 52.35
Hussey claimed the Orange Cap by 25 runs while preventing Chris Gayle from completing a hat-trick of orange caps. He was dubbed ‘Universe Boss’ for this feat. He also became the third Australian to win the Orange Cap award.
2014 – Robin Uthappa, Kolkata Knight Riders
660 runs at 44.00
The seventh IPL season saw Robin Uthappa top the charts and the second Indian to win the award. His consistency and great opening partnerships with skipper Gautam Gambhir helped Kolkata Knight Riders win their second IPL championship title.
2015 – David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad
562 runs at 43.23
Another Australian and a left-hander, David Warner made it to the top of the list in 2015. He smashed seven half centuries to reach this feat with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan. Sadly, his heroics couldn’t catapult his team to win the trophy.
2016 – Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore
973 runs at 81.08
2016 was Kohli’s year in all formats of cricket. He is easily one of the best Orange Cap holders in IPL history. He scored a record four centuries and seven fifties to reach 973 runs. His jaw-dropping strike rate of 152.03 and an average of 81.08 was impeccable. The colossal figures achieved by him will stand the test of time and will most likely be broken by the man himself.
2017 – David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad
646 runs at 58.27
A vital cog in Hyderabad’s side, Warner is rated very highly in IPL due to his scoring prowess. In a space of three years, this was a second win for him. With a single ton and 4 half-centuries to his credit, he amassed 646 runs at a strike rate of 141.81.
2018- Kane Williamson, Sunrisers Hyderabad
735 runs at 52.50
Slamming eight half-centuries, Kane Williamson was at his fluent best in the 11th season of IPL. His contributions with the bat helped his team to reach the finals for the second time in IPL.
2019- David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad
692 runs at 69.20
David Warner became the only player to win this award three times. His thundering tally of 692 runs had nine fifty-plus scores. He also managed to score a single ton and had an average of 69.20 at a strike rate of 135.38.