The IPL amasses a lot of love and support from cricket fans. Every year many old and new talents put up their best performance, and they are awarded for their talent and hard work on the field. One such prestigious recognition is the Orange Cap in IPL. Read to know all about what Orange Cap is and why it is given to cricket players.
With the fifteenth season of IPL or the Indian Premier League rolling out, it is safe to say that Cricket is not just a sport in India; it's a religion for all the cricket lovers out there. The sport is not only loved by masses, but people's emotions, passion, and spirits are intertwined with it, and IPL adds to this love and enthusiasm for Cricket. Whether children or elders, the IPL season is loved by people of all ages.
With IPL 2022 set to begin, die-hard cricket fans are eagerly waiting to enjoy the shower of fours and sixes and watch the IPL teams battle it out with each other so that one could emerge as the winner. Along with this, another thing that attracts cricket lovers the most is finding out who will win the coveted Orange Cap in IPL 2022.
Let's find out a little about the IPL Orange Cap.
The Indian Premier League, popularly known as IPL, is a professional T20 or Twenty20 cricket league consisting of teams based out of ten metropolitan Indian cities. This cricket league was established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and it officially started in 2008. The IPL is usually held between March and May of every year. The 2022 IPL, the fifteenth season, will be known as Tata IPL 2022. This year, the tournament will begin on 26th March 2022 (Saturday) and end with the final match on 29th May 2022 (Sunday). The group stage of IPL 2022 will be played in Maharashtra, wherein Mumbai and Pune will host the matches.
In 2022, ten teams will battle it out for the reputable IPL trophy instead of eight teams. This time, the excitement will increase as Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans will get on the field to claim the title for the first time. The IPL Orange Cap and Purple Cap are a special part of this league. The tournament honors the players with several awards at the end of each season for their extraordinary performance. The Orange Cap and the Purple Cap are two such prestigious awards bestowed on the players.
The Orange Cap in IPL is presented annually to the players. It is an award for the highest run-scorer in the IPL. The IPL Orange Cap was introduced on 25th April 2008 after the beginning of the inaugural season of the IPL. The batsman who has the most runs in the tournament during the season wears the Orange Cap while fielding. The batsman with the most runs overall in the tournament is awarded the IPL Orange Cap at the end of the season.
The Orange Cap in IPL creates immense excitement among the spectators. Every player strives to win the Cap by putting their best foot forward, which is why this award is juggled around from one batsman to another as the group stage of the IPL is going on. The star batsman Brendon McCullum was the first player to wear the Orange Cap in 2008. Australian batsman Shaun Marsh was the first to win the award in the inaugural edition of IPL. David Warner is an Orange Cap holder IPL, and so far, he has won the Orange Cap thrice as he kept his winning streak going, followed by stormy batsman Chris Gayle who is also an IPL Orange Cap holder and has achieved this feat twice. Indian Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and the star player Virat Kohli have also bagged this award. Virat Kohli won this honor after an extraordinary run with the bat, where he scored the most number of runs in a single edition in the 2016 IPL.
In the fourteen seasons of the IPL, every player has tried to win the IPL Orange Cap, but the only ones who have shown excellent performance have gotten a chance to win it. To attain the prestigious Orange Cap, a player must consistently perform incredibly well. The players need to score big in most of the matches to be in the running for the Orange Cap. The players who are inconsistent fall behind in the race for the Orange Cap.
Given below is the IPL Orange Cap winners list.
|Year||Winners (Players) and Teams|
|2008||Shaun Marsh (KXIP)|
|2009||Matthew Hayden (CSK)|
|2010||Sachin Tendulkar (MI)|
|2011||Chris Gayle (RCB)|
|2012||Chris Gayle (RCB)|
|2013||Michael Hussey (CSK)|
|2014||Robin Uthappa (KKR)|
|2015||David Warner (SRH)|
|2016||Virat Kohli (RCB)|
|2017||David Warner (SRH)|
|2018||Kane Williamson (SRH)|
|2019||David Warner (SRH)|
|2020||KL Rahul (KXIP)|
|2021||Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK)|
No one knows who will bag the Orange Cap in IPL as it all depends on the players' performance. With world-class batsmen who have an incredible hold on the sport and some exciting and talented first-timers, the competition to become one of the IPL Orange Cap winners will be exhilarating this year as well.
✍️By - Team Astroyogi