The purple cap is the most prestigious award for bowlers in IPL as it signifies the leading wicket-taking bowler of the tournament.
Being one of the most popular T20 leagues in the world, IPL brings together some of the most talented bowlers in the world at a single stage.
Let’s have a look at the IPL Purple Cap winners list till 2022 and what led these bowlers to lead such an amazing performance and etch their names in the history books.
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IPL Purple Cap Winners List Till 2022
Here is the complete list of Purple Cap winners in IPL from the inception of the tournament in 2008 till 2022:
|2008||Sohail Tanvir||Rajasthan Royals||11||22|
|2009||R.P. Singh||Deccan Chargers||16||23|
|2010||Pragyan Ojha||Deccan Chargers||16||21|
|2011||Lasith Malinga||Mumbai Indians||16||28|
|2012||Morne Morkel||Delhi Daredevils||16||25|
|2013||Dwayne Bravo||Chennai Super Kings||18||32|
|2014||Mohit Sharma||Chennai Super Kings||16||23|
|2015||Dwayne Bravo||Chennai Super Kings||16||26|
|2016||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Sunrisers Hyderabad||17||23|
|2017||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Sunrisers Hyderabad||14||26|
|2018||Andrew Tye||Kings XI Punjab||14||24|
|2019||Imran Tahir||Chennai Super Kings||17||26|
|2020||Kagiso Rabada||Delhi Capitals||17||30|
|2021||Harshal Patel||Royal Challengers Bangalore||15||32|
|2022||Yuzvendra Chahal||Rajasthan Royals||17||27|
Let’s dive into the bowlers that achieved this commendable feat in the tournament over the years.
1. Sohail Tanvir (2008)
The Pakistani left-arm fast bowler had an outstanding debut season in the IPL, taking 22 wickets in just 11 matches for the Rajasthan Royals.
His ability to swing the ball both ways made him a difficult bowler to face.
2. R.P. Singh (2009)
The Indian left-arm medium-fast bowler played a crucial role in Deccan Chargers’ IPL triumph in 2009, taking 23 wickets in 16 matches.
His ability to bowl swing and cutters made him a potent bowler in the tournament.
3. Pragyan Ojha (2010)
The Indian left-arm spinner was instrumental in Deccan Chargers’ run to the semi-finals in 2010, taking 21 wickets in 16 matches.
His ability to vary his pace and flight made him a tough bowler to score runs off.
4. Lasith Malinga (2011)
The Sri Lankan fast bowler had an outstanding season for Mumbai Indians in 2011, taking 28 wickets in 16 matches.
His ability to bowl yorkers and slower balls at will made him a deadly bowler in the death overs.
5. Morne Morkel (2012)
The South African fast bowler was one of the few bright spots for Delhi Daredevils in an otherwise forgettable season in 2012.
He took 25 wickets in 16 matches and posed a constant threat to the batsmen with his pace and bounce.
6. Dwayne Bravo (2013, 2015)
The West Indian all-rounder had two Purple Cap-winning seasons in 2013 and 2015 for Chennai Super Kings.
He took 32 and 26 wickets respectively in those seasons and was equally effective with his medium-pace bowling and deceptive slow bowls.
7. Mohit Sharma (2014)
The Indian medium-pacer had a breakthrough season in 2014, taking 23 wickets in 16 matches for Chennai Super Kings.
His ability to bowl in the death overs with accuracy made him a valuable asset for the team.
8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2016, 2017)
The Indian swing bowler had two consecutive Purple Cap-winning seasons in 2016 and 2017 for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He took 23 and 26 wickets respectively in those seasons and was effective with both the new ball and in the death overs.
9. Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye won the Purple Cap in the 2018 IPL season while playing for Kings XI Punjab.
He was the leading wicket-taker that season, picking up 24 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.66 and an economy rate of 8.00.
10. Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir won the Purple Cap in the 2019 IPL season while playing for Chennai Super Kings.
He was in terrific form that season, taking 26 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 16.57 and an economy rate of 6.69. He played a crucial role in CSK’s journey to the final that year.
11. Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada won the Purple Cap in the 2020 IPL season while playing for Delhi Capitals.
He was the standout bowler of the tournament, picking up a whopping 30 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 18.26 and an economy rate of 8.34. He played a key role in DC’s journey to the final that year.
12. Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel won the Purple Cap in the 2021 IPL season while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He was the surprise package of the season, picking up 32 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 17.85 and an economy rate of 9.17. His performances were crucial to RCB’s journey to the playoffs that year.
13. Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal switched from RCB to Rajasthan Royals in 2021 and ended up winning the purple cap while playing a significant role in the performance of the team that ended up being the runner ups of the tournament in 2022 season.
He took 27 wickets in just 17 matches with an economy of 7.75.
The Purple Cap is a highly coveted award in the Indian Premier League that recognises the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.
Winning the Purple Cap not only highlights a player’s individual achievement but also reflects the impact they have had on their team’s success in the tournament.
Who do you think will win the purple cap in IPL 2023?
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is the Purple Cap winner determined?
The Purple Cap is awarded to the leading wicket-taker of the IPL tournament. The player who takes the most wickets throughout the tournament wins the award.
2. Can a bowler win the Purple Cap and still finish on the losing side?
Yes, it is possible for a bowler to win the Purple Cap even if their team does not win the tournament. The award is based solely on individual performance and is not dependent on a player’s team performance.
3. Can a player win both the Orange Cap and the Purple Cap in the same IPL season?
Yes, it is possible for a player to win both the Orange Cap and the Purple Cap in the same IPL season. The Orange Cap is awarded to the leading run-scorer of the tournament, while the Purple Cap is awarded to the leading wicket-taker.
4. Who was the first player to win the Purple Cap in IPL history?
The first player to win the Purple Cap in IPL history was Sohail Tanvir, a left-arm fast bowler from Pakistan who played for Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season of the tournament in 2008. He picked up 22 wickets in 11 matches at an economy of 6.46 and a strike rate of 11.23.