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Orange Cap winners list in IPL since 2008

The 17th season of the Indian Premier League is running now and we are almost towards the end of it. So it's time we look at the Orange Cap winners in the IPL history since 2008.

Shreya Ghosh and Abishek Goswami
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The player who scores the most runs in a single season of the IPL wins the Orange Cap award. This award has been given to the highest run-scorers since the first season of the Indian Premier League (2008). Cricketers must consistently play some brilliant innings and deliver match-winning performances in a season to win the Orange Cap. The 17th season of the IPL has also seen some exceptional talents to do such things. So, let's look at all the Orange Cap winners in IPL since 2008.

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Orange Cap History:

  • Shaun Marsh (616 runs in 11 matches in 2008) was the first player to win the award.
  • The record for most runs in a single IPL season is held by Virat Kohli (973 runs in the 2016 edition).
  • David Warner has the record of winning the Orange Cap the most number of times (3).

Rules for Orange Cap:

  • The Orange Cap is awarded to the leading run-scorer of the IPL season.
  • The batsman who holds the Orange Cap during the season is allowed to wear it while in the field during the games, as long as he holds the top-scorer spot in the tournament.
  • In a season where two or more batsmen are tied on runs, the batsman with a better strike rate is awarded the Orange Cap.
  • In a season where an opposition batsman overtakes the tally of the current holder of the Orange Cap, the previous holder is allowed to wear the Cap until the end of that particular innings in which another batsman overtakes him.

Orange Cap winners list in IPL since 2008

2008 - Shaun Marsh

Shaun Marsh won the prestigious award in the inaugural IPL season
Shaun Marsh won the Orange Cap in the inaugural IPL season | Image: X

Shaun Marsh from Punjab Kings is the Orange Cap winner of the inaugural edition of the IPL. The Australian batsman started the IPL journey with a bang. He scored 616 runs in only 11 matches with an average of 68.4 and a strike rate of 139.68. His 616 runs include 1 century and 5 half-centuries.

2009 - Matthew Hayden

Orange Cap winners list: Matthew Hayden won the Orange Cap in the 2009 season
Matthew Hayden was the top run-scorer in the 2009 season | Image: X

The next Orange Cap winner is Matthew Hayden. Even after his international retirement from the Australian Cricket team in early 2009, he proved his worth in that season. He showed a spectacular performance and scored a total of 572 runs in 12 matches. In the 2nd edition of IPL, he played for Chennai Super Kings and scored 5 half-centuries with an average of 52 and a strike rate of 144.81.

2010 - Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar won the Orange Cap in the 2010 season
Sachin Tendulkar won the Orange Cap in the 2010 season | Image: IPL

The God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has also enlisted his name in this list of Orange Cap winners. In the 2010 IPL, the then captain of Mumbai Indians aggregated 618 runs including 5 half-centuries in 15 matches. He represented his team in the best way possible and took the team to the final as well but unfortunately, MI finished their journey as runners-up after losing against CSK in the finals. In the 3rd edition of IPL, he played in 15 matches with an average of 47.53 and a strike rate of 132.61

2011 - Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle won the 2011 Orange Cap | Image: Getty

What is a list of top T20 scorers without Chris Gayle? It is incomplete indeed. Chris Gayle is undoubtedly one of the best players in the T20 format and one of the greatest hitters in all the formats of cricket. In the 2011 IPL, he scored a massive 608 runs in only 12 matches. One of his most distinguished factors is his strike rate. He played with a strike rate of 183.13 which is the highest of any Orange Cap winners in the tournament. Also, his total runs include 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries with an average of 67.55.

2012 - Chris Gayle

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Chris Gayle was the top run-scorer in the 2012 season | Image: Getty

In the very next year, Chris Gayle again created several storms on the field and became the top run-scorer in the IPL 2012 season. No one could ever dare to come in the way of his extreme rise in the T20 format. In the 4th edition of IPL, the Jamaican cricketer scored a massive 733 runs including 1 century and 7 half-centuries in 15 matches. He played with an average of 61.08 and a strike rate of 160.74.

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2013 - Michael Hussey 

Orange Cap winners list: Michael Hussey won the Orange Cap in the 2013 season
Michael Hussey won the Orange Cap in the 2013 season | Image: Getty

Michael Hussey, popularly known as Mr cricket has also made his name into this list with 733 runs in 17 matches. The Orange Cap winner of the 2013 IPL smashed 6 half-centuries with an average of 52.5 and a strike rate of 129.5. He made a huge contribution to CSK's entry into the finals. Unfortunately, MI won the title of the season.

2014 - Robin Uthappa

Orange Cap winners list: Robin Uthappa won the Orange Cap in the 2014 season
Robin Uthappa was the top run-scorer in the 2014 season | Image: X

One of the impactful players of IPL 2014 was Robin Uthappa. He played a key role in taking Kolkata Knight Riders into the finals and also winning their second title. Uthappa played in 16 matches and scored 660 runs including 5 half-centuries with an average of 44 and a strike rate of 137.78.

2015 - David Warner

Orange Cap winners list: David Warner won the Orange Cap in the 2015 season
David Warner won the Orange Cap in the 2015 season | Image: X

David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad was the Orange Cap winner of IPL 2015. The team played their debut match in 2013 and Warner made 2015 a good season for the team and the fans by scoring 562 runs in 14 matches. His total runs also include 7 half-centuries with an average of 43.23 and a strike rate of 156.54

2016 - Virat Kohli 

Orange Cap winners list: Virat Kohli won the Orange Cap in the 2016 season
Virat Kohli won the Orange Cap in the 2016 season | Image: Getty

A list of achievements by batsmen is incomplete without the King of Cricket Virat Kohli. The captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore is the highest run-scorer in a single edition of IPL. In 2016 IPL he smashed 4 centuries and 7 half-centuries to aggregate a total of 973 runs in 16 matches. In that season, he played with an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03. The 2016 IPL has been a good year for the team as they made it to the finals but unfortunately could not win the title.

2017 - David Warner

David Warner was the top run-scorer in the 2017 IPL season
David Warner was the top run-scorer in the 2017 IPL season | Image: SRH/X

Once again David Warner had a spectacular season in the marquee T20 league and became the Orange Cap winner of IPL 2017. The captain of the defending winning team smashed 641 runs including 1 century and 4 half-centuries in 14 matches. He played with an average of 58.27 and a strike rate of 141.81.

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2018 - Kane Williamson

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Kane Williamson was the 2018 top run-scorer in the IPL | Image: Getty

IPL 2018 changed the T20 career of the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. Before the season, he was not that appreciated as an impactful T20 player. But he utilized the opportunity and gave his best and proved his worth to everyone as a great batsman in all three formats. In 17 matches, he scored 735 runs including 8 half-centuries with an average of 52.5 and a strike rate of 142.44. The captain represented the team and took it to the final as well as won the Orange Cap.

2019 - David Warner

David Warner was the top run-scorer in the 2019 IPL season
David Warner was the top run-scorer in the 2019 IPL season | Image: Getty

The only cricketer to win the Orange Cap 3 times in IPL history is none other than David Warner. He achieved this milestone in IPL 2019 by scoring 692 runs in 12 matches. He smashed 1 century and 8 half-centuries to score a total of 692 runs with an average of 69.2 and a strike rate of 143.86. His impactful performances along with his opening partner Jonny Bairstow took the team to the playoffs in IPL 2019 but unfortunately, they did not win the title.

2020 - KL Rahul

Kl Rahul was the top run-scorer in the 2020 IPL season
Kl Rahul was the top run-scorer in the 2020 IPL season | Image: iplt20.com

The skipper of Punjab Kings, Kl Rahul won the 2019 Orange Cap. He and his teammates were unable to end the journey on a good note but the captain made sure to glorify the team's name and became the highest run-scorer of the season. In 14 matches he scored 670 runs with an average of 55.83 and a strike rate of 129.34. His whopping 670 runs also include 1 century and 5 half-centuries.

2021 - Ruturaj Gaikwad

Orange Cap winners list: Ruturaj Gaikwad won the Orange Cap in the 2021 season
Ruturaj Gaikwad won the Orange Cap in the 2021 season | Image: BCCI

Chennai Super Kings's present skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad won the IPL 2021 orange cao for his sensational batting. He scored 635 runs in 16 innings at an average of 45.35. He was one of the few reasons CSK won their fourth IPL title in 2021. Gaikwad struck 4 half-centuries and one century that season with a best score of 101 not out. 

2022 - Jos Buttler

Orange Cap winners list: Jos Buttler won the Orange Cap in the 2022 season
Jos Buttler was the top run-scorer in the 2022 season | Image: BCCI

Jos Buttler was just unbelievable in the IPL 2022 season. Rajasthan didn't win the title but Buttler won hearts. He struck 863 runs in 17 innings at an average of 57.53 with 4 centuries and as many as half-centuries. He also became the second batter after Virat Kohli to score 4 centuries in a single IPL season. Buttler also struck a whooping 45 sixes that season, the fourth highest by a player in a season of the Indian cash-rich league.

2023 - Shubman Gill

Orange Cap winners list: Shubman Gill won the Orange Cap in the 2023 season
Shubman Gill won the Orange Cap in the 2023 season | Image: iplt20.com

Gujarat Titans' present captain Shubman Gill had a season to remember in IPL 2023. He broke several records and won the prestigious Orange Cap. Gill finished as the leading run-scorer, amassing 890 runs in only 17 matches. He played big knocks in pivotal moments in the tournament to guide his side to back-to-back IPL finals. However, MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings clinched their fifth IPL title by defeating GT in the final. Gill’s 890 runs came at an impressive average of 59.33 and a strike rate of 157.80 while scoring three centuries and four fifties.

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