The Indian Premier League has grown into one of the biggest platforms for players across the world to showcase their talent. Every year the cricketers who perform well in the tournament are awarded for their performance throughout the season. Out of these, the bowler with the highest number of wickets in a particular season wins the coveted Purple Cap. In this article, we will discuss the performance of all the players who have won the Purple Cap in every season.
In the very first season in 2008, Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir took the most wickets (22) and became the first winner of the Purple cap. He picked up 22 wickets in the inaugural season which included phenomenal figures of 6/14 in one of the innings.
RP Singh who won the purple cap with 23 wickets in 16 matches while playing for Deccan Chargers. For the second time in the row, the player winning the purple cap also became part of the Champion side as Deccan Chargers defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.
In 2010, it was again an Indian in form of Pragyan Ojha who was the highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps in 16 matches. He bowled at an economy of 7.29 and an average of 16.8 while playing for the Hyderabad franchise
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In IPL 2011, the iconic player of Mumbai Indians, Lasith Malinga bagged the Purple Cap. The bowler with signature slinging action produced economical spells during the particular season of the Indian Premier League to become the highest wicket-taker. Malinga took 28 wickets in 16 matches at a spell-binding economy of 5.95.
In IPL 2012, Delhi Daredevils pacer Morne Morkel became the highest wicket-taker of the season. The immensely lethal South African bowler bagged 25 wickets in 16 matches at 7.19. His best bowling figures of 4/20 came against Kings XI Punjab. The team finished his journey in third place in the league.
In IPL 2013, Dwayne Bravo picked 32 wickets in 18 matches to become the leading wicket-taker of the season. His tally of 32 wickets did earn him not only his first Purple Cap but also remains the most number of wickets scalped by a single player in an IPL edition. His incredible performance contributed the team to reaching in finals. But the team was smashed out by Mumbai Indians in the finals by 23 runs.
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In IPL 2014, it was again the player of Chennai Super Kings who bagged the Purple Cap. The medium-pacer Mohit Sharma finished as the leading wicket-taker who took 23 wickets in 16 matches at an economy of 8.39. CSK was knocked out by KXIP in Qualifier 2 by 24 runs.
It was the third consecutive year that the Purple Cap winner was from CSK. In IPL 2015, for the second time West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo bagged the Purple Cap in the tournament. Bravo playing for Chennai Super Kings picked 26 wickets in 17 matches. The Super Kings reached the final where they lost to Mumbai Indian by 41 runs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar holds the record for winning a purple cap in two consecutive seasons. He picked up 23 wickets in the 2016 season and was a vital cog in the successful campaign of SRH that year. Next year he picked up 26 wickets in 17 games.
In IPL 2018, Andrew Tye took 24 wickets while playing for Punjab and became the first player from Australia to win the purple cap. took 24 wickets in 14 matches with an economy rate of 8. Despite his remarkable performance, the team marked its very disappointing position of seventh at the end of the session.
Imran Tahir running all around the ground after picking up a wicket is something outstanding to watch. He was full of his powers in the year 2019 when he picked the purple cap with ease. He was the spearhead in the spin bowling department for CSK and picked up 26 wickets from 17 games at quite an amusing average of 16.57.
One of the highly talented and young bowlers in the international arena is none other than Kagiso Rabada at the moment. He has done wonders with the ball in every format of the game. In 2020 when the league moved to Dubai, he was in his powers. The talented bowler picked up 30 wickets from 17 games and dragged Delhi into the finals. To the remorse of the talented spearhead, his team lost the finals.
RCB’s Harshal Patel became the first bowler from the franchise to win the purple cap in IPL history when he snared 32 wickets last season. He also equaled Bravo’s record of picking up most wickets (32) in an IPL season, Bravo reached the same tally in the year 2013.