When the Indian Premier League came into existence in 2008, it brought several new advances to the game. The most innovative way was introduced to reward the leading run-getter and the highest wicket-taker of the tournament. An Orange Cap was presented to the leading run-getter while the highest wicket-taker won the Purple Cap.
In the first edition, Shaun Marsh from Australia, who represented Kings XI Punjab, became the first winner of the Orange Cap. He scored 616 runs from 11 matches. Even though KXIP couldn’t go on to win the league, but it was the breakthrough tournament for Marsh who hogged the limelight and later went on to represent the national side as well.
Matthew Hayden of Chennai Super Kings then won the Orange Cap in 2009. The legendary Sachin Tendulkar then became the proud owner of the honor in the 3rd edition. Chris Gayle, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, snatched the Orange Cap in the next 2 seasons. He is still the only batsman to win it in 2 consecutive seasons.
Michael Hussey, Robin Uthappa, and Kane Williamson are the others to win the Orange Cap one time each. However, David Warner is the King of the Ring as he is the only one to win it thrice. He got it while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the years 2015, 2017 and 2019. Recently, there hasn’t been a more prolific run-getter than the Australian southpaw.
However, the record for the most runs in a season is held by Virat Kohli. The right-hander scored a mammoth 973 runs in the year 2016. He is the only batsman to cross the 900-run barrier in a season. Also, he scored 4 centuries which is also a record for the most number of tons in a season.
Here’s the list of Orange Cap Winners of each IPL season:-
|Orange Cap Winners of IPL|
|2008||Shaun Marsh||Kings XI Punjab||11||616||Australia|
|2009||Matthew Hayden||Chennai Super Kings||12||572||Australia|
|2010||Sachin Tendulkar||Mumbai Indians||15||618||India|
|2011||Chris Gayle||Royal Challengers Bangalore||12||608||West Indies|
|2012||Chris Gayle||Royal Challengers Bangalore||15||733||West Indies|
|2013||Michael Hussey||Chennai Super Kings||16||733||Australia|
|2014||Robin Uthappa||Kolkata Knight Riders||16||660||India|
|2015||David Warner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||14||562||Australia|
|2016||Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore||16||973||India|
|2017||David Warner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||14||641||Australia|
|2018||Kane Williamson||Sunrisers Hyderabad||17||735||New Zealand|
|2019||David Warner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||12||692||Australia|
|2020||KL Rahul||Kings XI Punjab||14||670||India|
*Updated after IPL 2020