The Indian Premier League is not like the other cricket leagues played. It is the hardest, greatest, costliest affair in the cricket world. Several players give in their names to play in this league for the cash and fame that accompanies it. Many cricket fans watch it on the TV screens and it’s generally a full house scenario at the stadiums in the nation.
12 editions have completed until now and it has always been a ate of great performances. The 13th one is ongoing. Numerous extraordinary batsmen have shown up during these 12 editions and have taken away the best prize in batting that IPL offers them. IPL awards the Orange Cap to its best batsman. Along with it, they also get a money prize of INR 1 million.
The Orange Cap holders for the last 12 seasons:
Shaun Marsh (2008) – Kings XI Punjab
The debut of the IPL was a glamourous beginning to the legacy and would be edged in the memory of Shaun Marsh. The left-hand Australian batsman made a point after scoring a century and five half-centuries spicing up the tournament. Marsh’s strike rate in that season was 139.68.
Matthew Hayden (2009) – Chennai Super Kings
In the second season, due to National General Elections in India, the IPL moved to South Africa. This was not the greatest year for any of the Indian batsmen as just three batsmen could come in the top ten run-scorers with Suresh Raina in the eighth position. The Aussie, Mathew Hayden, dominated the conditions in South Africa. He had five fifties to his record while scoring 572 runs, turning into the second successive Australian to wear the Orange Cap.
Sachin Tendulkar (2010) – Mumbai Indians
In the third year, the orange cap holder was none other than Indian great, Sachin Tendulkar. He became the first Indian cricketer in IPL to get the Orange Cap. Sadly, his group couldn’t win the title and lost to Chennai Super Kings in the finals.
Chris Gayle (2011) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
In the 4th edition, Chris Gayle joined Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was the replacement for Dutch bowler Dirk Nannes. Before that, he played 3 years for Kolkata Knight Riders. The Jamaican hitter scored 608 runs including 2 hundred and 3 fifties from 12 matches and got the Orange Cap Award.
Chris Gayle (2012) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
In the 5th season, Gayle got the full contract with RCB. And he brought the second Orange Cap. He scored a little more than 700 runs. It included one hundred and 7 fifties in the season.
Michael Hussey (2013) – Chennai Super Kings
During the 6th season, Michael Hussey surpassed Gayle, stopped him from completing a hat-trick, and claimed the Orange Cap of the 2013 edition. Hussey scored six fifties in that IPL tournament.
Robin Uthappa (2014) – Kolkata Knight Riders
In the 7th edition, Robin Uthappa shone in the tournament through his batting skills. He topped the run charts with consecutive eight 40+ scores. He also scored five fifties. Uthappa was the second Indian to win the Orange Cap. His strong partnership with his captain Gautam Gambhir helped Kolkata Knight Riders win their second IPL title.
David Warner (2015) – Sunrisers Hyderabad
During the 8th edition in 2015, the Australian great, David Warner scored seven half-centuries. He scored 562 runs. He was the third Aussie to get the Orange Cap.
Virat Kohli (2016) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
During the 9th edition in 2016, it was the year of Virat Kohli. The RCB captain broke a number of batting records in that season. His aggressive batting helped him scoring 973 runs at a strike rate of 152.03 in 16 games. It included four hundred and seven fifties.
David Warner (2017) – Sunrisers Hyderabad
In the 10th edition, the Australian cricketer scored 646 runs and won his second Orange Cap.
Kane Williamson (2018) – Sunrisers Hyderabad
During the 11th edition, the New Zealand skipper was in his best form. He scored 735 runs at an average of 52.50. He had hit eight fifties in the tournament.
David Warner (2019) – Sunrisers Hyderabad
The former Australian captain smashed 692 runs playing in 12 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad. This was his third Orange Cap.