Orange Cap is an award in the Indian Premier League for the player with the most runs scored. This award is given annually and works as a reward for the most excellent batsman in the league. Here are all orange cap winners in IPL;
Orange Cap was first given during the first IPL in 2008 to Shaun Marsh when he scored 616 runs in 11 matches while playing for the Punjab team. His average was 68.44, and he smashed 1 hundred and 5 half-centuries for the team with a high score of 115.
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In the 2009 IPL, Australia retook the Orange Cap. For this period, Matthew Hayden scored 572 runs with an average of 52 runs at a strike rate of 144.81. He was playing for Chennai Super Kings during this season.
2010 IPL is when the first Indian took the Orange Cap, Sachin Tendulkar, who played for the Mumbai Indians. He made 618 runs with an average of 47.53 plus 5 half-centuries. The following year, Chris Gayle was the leading player with 608 runs from 12 innings with a fantastic strike rate of 183.13. Gayle smashed 2 hundred and 3 fifties. He was playing for Bangalore for this league. In 2012, Gayle still won the Orange Cap with terrific scores of 733 runs. This score was a record for most runs registered in the IPL during that time.
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In 2013, Mike Hussey scored the same runs as Gayle had in the previous season. He won the Orange Cap in the 6 fifties with a high score of95 in 17 innings. He led his team into the finals during this league. Next year, Robin Uthappa broke the record of IPL during that time for an Indian by 660 runs. Because of Robin, Kolkata Knight Riders won the season. Up to now, Robin is the only player to win the Orange Cap while still on the winning team.
David Warner, captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, has won the most Orange Cap in the Indian Premier League. He was the leading top-scorer in 2015, 2017, and 2019. His team did not win the league in all these years as his squad couldn’t support him well. In 2016, he was in the second position with 848 runs in 17 runs. Sunrisers Hyderabad won the trophy for this season.
Virat Kohli has the record of having the most runs within a single season. He is the captain of India and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat won the Orange Cap in 2016 when he smashed 973 runs in 16 innings with an average of 81.08. He recorded 4 centuries and 7 half-centuries in the season and helped the team during the finals.
Kane Williamson led his team in the 2018 season with 735 runs and 8 fifties. He registered this with an average of 52.50 and a strike rate of 142.44. In the 2020 IPL, another captain won the award. KL Rahul scored 670 runs from 14 innings at an average of 55.83 while leading the Punjab team. He got 1 hundred and 5 fifties in 2020 with a high score of 132 not out against Bangalore.
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IPL 2021 is yet to be finished after being postponed due to COVID 19 pandemic. 29 matches have already been played. Hence, 31 matches will be played in the next IPL part. September 19 is when the IPL 2021 will continue, and the finals will be October 10 2021. The IPL 2021 schedule has been divided into 10 doubleheaders, 7 single headers, and 4 playoffs. As for now, Shikhar Dhawan is the winner of the Orange Cup. He plays for Delhi Capitals. He has 380 runs in the first half of the IPL.
The Scores of the First Five Players are as follows;
- Shikhar Dhawan; 8 matches 380 runs, average 54.228
- KL Rahul; 7 matches 331 runs, average 66.20
- Faf du Plessis; 7 matches, 320 runs, average 64. 00
- Prithvi Shaw; 8 games, 308 runs, average 38.50
- Sanju Samson; 7 games, 277 runs, average 46.16
These world-class players along with other exciting youngsters and first-time players who are well talented, expect the IPL 2021 to be full of surprises. Some will appear in the Orange Cap in the IPL list. Stay tuned for more updates about the 2021 IPL.