April 9 (India Today) – From Australia’s Shaun Marsh in the inaugural IPL edition to Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul topping the charts in IPL 2020, here’s a full list of Orange Cap winners across the 13 seasons of the marquee T20 league.
IPL 2008- Shaun Marsh (Punjab Kings)
In a fantastic trendsetting performance in the inaugural edition of the IPL, Australia’s Shaun Marsh scored a massive 616 runs averaging an enormous 68.44 with an impressive strike rate of almost 140 for the Punjab Kings.
Matches played: 11, Runs: 616, Avg: 68.44, Strike Rate: 139.68 100s: 1, 50s: 5
IPL 2009 – Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings)
Matthew Hayden, even after his international retirement in early 2009, proved his mettle with a solid performance for Chennai Super Kings in the second edition of the IPL. CSK, however, lost the playoffs to RCB and failed to qualify for the final.
Matches played: 12, Runs: 572, Avg: 52, Strike Rate: 144.81, 100s: -, 50s: 5
IPL 2010 – Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians)
Sachin Tendulkar, the then captain of the Mumbai Indians, had a brilliant IPL season with the bat and accumulated 618 runs for his team. The Master Blaster also led his team to the final but they ended as runners up after losing to CSK.
Matches played: 15, Runs: 618, Avg: 47.53, Strike Rate: 132.61, 100s: -, 50s: 5
IPL 2011 – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The ultimate rise of Chris Gayle in the T20 format was inevitable and the giant of a batsman amassed 608 runs in the 4th edition of the Indian Premier League for the RCB side. His strike rate of 183 sets him apart from all Orange Cap holders.
Matches: 12, Runs: 608, Avg: 67.55, Strike Rate: 183.13, 100s: 2, 50s: 3
IPL 2012 – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The 2012 season of the IPL was highlighted by another big show orchestrated by Chris Gayle, at his prime, as the Windies superstar won back to back Orange Caps in the tournament.
Matches: 15, Runs: 733, Avg: 61.08, Strike Rate: 160.74, 100s: 1, 50s: 7
IPL 2013 – Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)
Michael Hussey’s contribution in taking Chennai Super Kings to the final was massive in the 2013 IPL edition. The Australian batsman, known as Mr Cricket, accumulated 733 runs at an average of over 50, but Mumbai Indians ended up winning the title that season.
Matches: 17, Runs: 733, Avg: 52.35, Strike Rate: 129.5, 100s: -, 50s: 6
IPL 2014 – Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders)
With Trevor Bayliss coaching the side and Gautam Gambhir as captain, Kolkata Knight Riders went from dark horses to champions in 2012. In 2014, they claimed their second title under the same leadership but the real driving force was Robin Uthappa whose batting masterclass was the highlight.
Matches: 16, Runs: 660, Avg: 44, Strike Rate: 137.78, 100s: -, 50s: 5
IPL 2015 – David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Sunrisers Hyderabad made their debut just two seasons ago (in 2013) but couldn’t qualify for the playoffs in 2015. However, David Warner winning the Orange Cap that season made it a highlight for the fans of the franchise.
Matches: 14, Runs: 562, Avg: 43.23, Strike Rate: 156.54, 100s: -, 50s: 7
IPL 2016 – Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli’s run tally in 2016 still remains the highest in a single edition of the marquee T20 league. RCB made it to the final of IPL 2016 but lost to SRH.
Matches: 16, Runs: 973, Avg: 81.08, Strike Rate: 152.03, 100s: 4, 50s: 7
IPL 2017 – David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
After Virat Kohli’s mindblowing season with 973 runs, David Warner followed it up with 641 runs in the 2017 edition of the marquee T20 league. Sunrisers Hyderabad had claimed the title in IPL 2016 but lost the playoff battle against KKR in 2017.
Matches: 14, Runs: 641, Avg: 58.27, Strike Rate: 141.81, 100s: 1, 50s: 4
IPL 2018- Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Before 2018, the New Zealand captain was barely recognised as a brilliant player of the T20 format. The 2018 IPL season was the aptest opportunity for Kane Williamson to prove himself especially in the absence of David Warner. Not only did captain Kane take SRH to the final but also won the Orange Cap.
Matches: 17, Runs: 735, Avg: 52.5, Strike Rate: 142.44, 100s: -, 50s: 8
IPL 2019 – David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner became the first player to win the Orange Cap 3 times in IPL history in IPL 2019. Before 2019, the Australian open won the cap in the 2017 and 2019 editions. Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had lost the final in 2018, reached the playoffs in 2019 backed by the efforts of David Warner and his opening partner Jonny Bairstow.
Matches: 12, Runs: 692, Avg: 69.2, Strike Rate: 143.86, 100s: 1, 50s: 8
IPL 2020- KL Rahul (Punjab Kings)
His team might have ended up at the 6th position in the IPL 2020 points table, but Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul is right up in the top run-scorers list of this season. The 670 runs that he amassed at an average of 55.83 while striking at 129.34, also includes 5 fifty-plus scores and a hundred.
Matches: 14, Runs: 670, Avg: 55.83, Strike Rate: 129.34, 100s: 1, 50s: 5