Ever since its inception, IPL is one of the most prestigious leagues. While the IPL did take some time to get going, it is now renowned for its entertainment and star power. One of the brainchilds of the IPL is the introduction of Orange Cap. Orange Cap is awarded to the player in the highest runs in the tournament. It is worn by the player during matches as well. While IPL is twelve years old, a number of individuals own the Orange Cap. While a couple of surprise names have worn it temporarily, some big names have finished it at the end of the tournament. Although IPL is a highly competitive tournament, few individuals stand out. Here is a list of the past IPL Orange Cap winners in history.
1 Shaun Marsh – Kings XI Punjab (2008)
Although Shaun Marsh isn’t part of any IPL team now, he is the proud owner of the first ever IPL Orange Cap. While he didn’t play the first few games, Marsh hit the ground running with 616 runs. Along with Yuvraj Singh, he scored heavily to lead KXIP to a semi-final finish. He hasn’t played for any other team in the IPL which makes him a bonafide KXIP legend.
2 Matthew Hayden – Chennai Super Kings (2009)
The first CSK player to feature on this list, Matthew Hayden won the IPL Orange Cap in 2009 while playing for CSK. With 572 runs, he beat his nearest rival, Adam Gilchrist, to win the Orange Cap. In spite of the award, he wasn’t able to do much as CSK lost in the semi-finals to RCB. Hayden went on to play one more IPL with the burly Australian even introducing the Mangose bat. He has one IPL Trophy to his name and is now a commentator for the IPL.
3 Sachin Tendulkar – Mumbai Indians (2010)
In 2010, Sachin Tendulkar became the first Indian to hold the Orange Cap at the end of the season. In spite of blowing hot and cold in the previous two years, Tendulkar led MI admirably. Batting alongside Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order, Tendulkar amassed 618 runs, which was the highest until IPL 2012. Sachin’s campaign didn’t go as planned though as CSK won its first title at the expense of Mumbai in the final. Nevertheless, he wasn’t to be denied in IPL 2013 as Sachin bowed out with an IPL Trophy and an Orange Cap as well.
4 Chris Gayle – Royal Challengers Bangalore (2011 and 2012)
Chris Gayle is arguably the best batsman in T20-I history. Although he has rewritten several records, Gayle wasn’t picked in the IPL Auction 2011. He was a replacement for Dirk Nannes midway through the IPL for RCB. From there on, Chris Gayle has never looked back. With two Orange Caps in 2011 and 2012, he became the first player to win the IPL Orange Cap twice. While he scored 608 runs in his debut season for RCB, his tally of 733 couldn’t help Bangalore qualify for the playoffs in IPL 2012. Now plying his trade of Kings XI Punjab, Chris Gayle hasn’t slowed down and looks good for more in IPL 2020.
5 Michael Hussey – Chennai Super Kings (IPL 2013)
CSK had a great IPL 2013. Not only did Dwayne Bravo finish with the Purple Cap, Michael Hussey, their opener, ensured that they did the double with the Orange Cap to his name. With 733 runs, Michael Hussey’s consistency was one of the pillars of CSK’s run to the final. Nevertheless, Michael Hussey did set the record for most runs in an IPL season along with Chris Gayle until 2016. He went on to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2014 and again return to CSK in 2015. He is now part of their coaching staff and has already one an IPL Trophy as part of the management.
6 Robin Uthappa – Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL 2014)
Before IPL 2014, no IPL Orange Cap winner featured in a IPL winning team. But this wasn’t the case with Robin Uthappa. The Karnataka lad scored 660 runs with his 7 of his last 8 innings being 30+ scores. His consistency was key for KKR as they bulldozed opponents to a second IPL Trophy. Robin Uthappa has been a key part of KKR ever since although he might be released heading into the IPL 2020 Auction.
7 David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL 2015, IPL 2017 and IPL 2019)
David Warner is the only player in IPL History to win three IPL Orange Caps. While Chris Gayle is the first overseas player that comes to mind, David Warner might possibly be the greatest import in IPL History. With the highest fifties in IPL History, David Warner has starred for SRH with three 600+ run campaigns for them. While he topped the run scoring charts in 2015 and 2017 with 572 and 641 runs, it was his performance in 2019 that drew the most attention. With 692 runs, David Warner, along with Jonny Bairstow, led SRH to a playoff finish. Heading into IPL 2020, SRH will hope for yet another such performance from their star opener.
8 Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore (IPL 2016)
Virat Kohli currently holds the record for most runs in an IPL season in 973 runs. During IPL 2016, he smashed four hundreds en route to the final where RCB lost to SRH at the Chinnaswamy. Nevertheless, he did win the Orange Cap and is currently on the hunt for a maiden IPL Trophy with IPL 2020 fast approaching.
9 Kane Williamson – Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL 2018)
SRH captain, Kane Williamson came into the tournament amid high hopes. With SRH reeling from the loss of David Warner, Kane Williamson filled his gap perfectly. While his captaincy was outstanding, he even won the Orange Cap with 735 runs to his name. Although SRH finished second, Williamson’s exploits in 2018 are still fresh on the minds of the IPL fans.