The History of Orange Cap in IPL

The orange cap is an award that is presented to the leading run-scorer in the IPL. The orange cap in IPL is awarded to the highest run-scorer after every game, and the player who scores the most runs at the end of the tournament is declared the winner.

Players from most of the major cricketing nations have been playing in IPL since its inception. But players from Australia, India, West Indies, and New Zealand have won this prestigious award.

Out of the current eight IPL teams, Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals players have not managed to win the orange cap. David Warner and Kane Williamson have won the orange cap four times for Sunrisers Hyderabad, which is the most for any team. David Warner has won the orange cap thrice, which is also the most by a player. He won the orange cap last in IPL 2019. Chris Gayle had won the orange cap twice in 2011 and 2012 when he was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. Virat Kohli won the cap in 2016. RCB’s players have won the cap thrice. Punjab Kings’ (fka Kings XI Punjab) players have won twice, Chennai Super Kings’ players have also won the orange cap twice, and both Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders’ players have won the orange cap once.

Let’s look at all the winners of the orange cap in IPL starting with the first season.

Shaun Marsh (Punjab Kings – IPL 2008 Season)

Shaun Marsh arrived a little late during the first season of the IPL. He missed the first four games of the tournament. But he went on to score the most amount of runs, including a century in the season. He made 616 runs in 11 games at an average of 68.44 and a strike rate of 139.68.  He made five half-centuries and one century.

Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings – IPL 2009 Season)

Chennai Super Kings bought Matthew Hayden in 2008 for a price of USD 375,000. Hayden played only four games for the franchise during the first season. He played 12 games in the season and proved why he was one of the most destructive batters during his prime.

Hayden made 572 runs in 12 games at an average of 52 and a strike rate of 144.81. He was the only player who managed to cross 500 runs in the season and hit five half-centuries.

Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians – IPL 2010 Season)

Sachin Tendulkar is the only player from Mumbai Indians to win the orange cap. He was also the first Indian player to achieve this feat. 2010 was indeed the year of the little master. He became the first player to hit 200 runs in an innings in ODI against South Africa. He made 618 runs in 15 games at an average of 47.53 and a strike rate of 132.61. He helped Mumbai Indians reach the final of the IPL for the very first time.

Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore – IPL 2011 Season)

A mega auction was conducted before the 2011 season of the league. Chris Gayle found no buyers during the IPL auction. He was included in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s team in place of Dirk Nannes, who was injured midway.

Chris Gayle played 12 games during the 2011 season and changed the whole course of IPL. He became the first player to hit two centuries in a single season of IPL. He hit 44 sixes during the season, and the next in the line was MS Dhoni, who hit 23 sixes. Gayle made 608 runs in 12 matches at an average of 67.55 and a strike rate of 183.13.

Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore – IPL 2012 Season)

If 2011 was the trailer, then 2012 was the full-featured movie. Chris Gayle continued from where he left in 2011. He made 733 runs in 15 games at an average of 61.08 and a strike rate of 160.74 and hit 59 sixes in the season, which was 15 more than he hit in 2011. He also hit a century in the tournament and became the only player to date to win the orange cap in back-to-back seasons.

Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings – IPL 2013 Season)

In 2013, Michael Hussey became the second player from Chennai Super Kings to win the orange cap. He made 733 runs in 17 games at an average of 52.35 and a strike rate of 129.50. He made six half-centuries in the season and hit 81 fours and 17 sixes. Hussey got a tough competition from Chris Gayle, who made 708 runs in 16 games.

Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders – IPL 2014 Season)

Robin Uthappa became only the second Indian player to win the orange cup in 2014. He became the first player to score ten consecutive 40+ scores in IPL. Uthappa made 660 runs in 16 games at an average of 44 and a strike rate of 137.78. He helped KKR to lift the trophy for the second time and became the only player to win the orange cap and IPL trophy in a single season.

David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad – IPL 2015 Season)

David Warner moved to Sunrisers Hyderabad from Delhi Capitals in 2014. He made 528 runs in 14 games in the 2014 edition. In 2015, he became the orange cap holder for the season as he made 562 runs in 14 games at an average of 43.23 and a strike rate of 156.54. Warner became the first player from the Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the orange cap.

Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore – IPL 2016 Season)

The 2016 season of the Indian Premier League was all about Virat Kohli. He made 973 runs in 16 games at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03. He hit four centuries and seven half-centuries in the season. Before the start of the tournament, he had zero centuries across his name.

David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad – IPL 2017 Season)

David Warner made 848 runs in the 2016 season. But he was overshadowed by Virat Kohli’s 973 runs. In the 2017 season, Warner was again back on top. He made 641 runs in 14 games at an average of 58.27 and a strike rate of 141.81. He made a century in the tournament and hit 63 fours and 26 sixes.

Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad – IPL 2018 Season)

Kane Williamson was made the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad after David Warner was banned for a year due to ball-tampering controversy. Williamson batted like a calm monk and hammered most of the bowlers during the season. He made 735 runs in 17 games at an average of 52.50 and a strike rate of 142.44. He hit eight half-centuries in the tournament.

David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad – IPL 2019 Season)

David Warner completed his ban and returned to the league with a bang. He made 692 runs in 12 games at an average of 69.20 and a strike rate of 143.86 to win the orange cap in IPL. He hit one century and eight half-centuries in the tournament. Warner hit 57 fours and 21 sixes during the season.

KL Rahul (Punjab Kings – IPL 2020 Season)

IPL schedule of 2020 was disturbed due to the pandemic, and the tournament was postponed. The show resumed in UAE in September 2020. KL Rahul won the orange cap in IPL 2020. He made 670 runs in 14 games at an average of 55.83 and a strike rate of 129.34. Rahul made one century and five half-centuries during the season. He hit 58 fours and 23 sixes during the tournament and became the orange cap holder in IPL 2020.

IPL 2021 Season

The IPL auction 2021 took place in February, and IPL 2021 schedule started with Royal Challengers Bangalore going against Mumbai Indians in the opening game on 9th April. The tournament was postponed midway due to Covid-19. The season will resume on 19th September in UAE. Shikhar Dhawan made 380 runs in eight games at an average of 54.28 and is the current orange cap holder.