The Indian Premier League has grown into one of the most important platforms for players from all over the world to demonstrate their abilities. Every year, the cricketers who play well in the competition are recognized for their overall season performance. The batsman who scores the most runs in a given season is awarded the coveted orange cap.
The IPL has seen various success stories of players who have made it big in the league over the years. The Orange Cap and the Purple cap are big achievements for any player. The players will be vying for the coveted honors once again this season.
Sachin Tendulkar – IPL 2010
Sachin Tendulkar, dubbed “the God of Cricket,” became the first Indian batsman to win the Orange Cap in 2010, when he scored 618 runs in 15 matches for his home side, the Mumbai Indians. The right-handed batsman was instrumental in his team’s run to the championship. The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, were unable to lift the championship, as they were defeated in the final by the Chennai Super Kings.
Robin Uthappa – IPL 2014
Robin Uthappa has always exuded class, but in 2014 he went above and beyond. He batted with amazing regularity, scoring five hundred for a total of 660 runs. Uthappa also holds the distinction of being the only player in IPL history to score ten straight 40+ scores. It was also the first time an Orange Cap winner also went on to win an IPL medal. After the stint, Uthappa was given the opportunity to return to Team India, but he did not take advantage of it and fell out of favor once more.
Virat Kohli – IPL 2016
In the 2016 edition of the IPL, Virat Kohli, widely regarded as the best batsman in modern cricket, unleashed himself, slamming four hundred to propel RCB to the tournament’s final for the third time. Kohli wore an orange cap at the end of the season after being the first batsman in IPL history to break the 900-run barrier with a total of 973 runs.
KL Rahul – IPL 2020
In IPL 2020, KL Rahul was selected captain of Kings XI Punjab (currently Punjab Kings). The flashy batsman led the squad from the front, scoring 670 runs at an average of 55.83 in 14 games. Rahul’s team did not go to the playoffs, but he astonished many with his batting and captaincy abilities.
Ruturaj Gaikwad – IPL 2021
Ruturaj Gaikwad is the most recent Indian to win the Orange Cap in the IPL’s history. The Maharashtra opener was an uncapped player at the start of the season, but after the competition was called off, he made his India debut. He returned to the UAE leg as a capped cricketer and won the Orange Cap with great regularity. Gaikwad scored 635 runs in 16 innings, with an average of 45.35 and a strike rate of 136.26.