The Purple Cap is awarded to the bowler who has taken the most wickets in a single season of the Indian T20 League. The award was introduced during the first season of the league on 13th May 2008. Only two spinners have won the Purple Cap in the history of the league. Moreover, Dwayne Bravo and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are the only players to win the Purple Cap twice.
The bowler with the most wickets in the tournament during the season wears a purple cap while fielding, with the overall highest wicket taker at the end of the tournament winning the actual Purple Cap award on the day of the Final. In case of a tie, the bowler with a superior economy rate would win the Purple Cap award.
Let’s take a look at all the Indian T20 League Purple Cap Winners over the 13 seasons.
1) Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan) – 2008
In the only season to feature Pakistan players in the league, Sohail Tanvir dominated with the ball. The left-arm fast bowler ended the season with 22 wickets from just 11 games and played a massive role in Rajasthan’s only title win to date. His spell of 6 for 14 remained the best bowling figures in the league for nearly 12 seasons.
Wickets: 22, Average: 12.09, Economy: 6.46
2) RP Singh (Deccan) – 2009
In 2009, RP Singh became the first Indian to win the Purple Cap. He picked up 23 wickets at an average of 18.13. He was very consistent, and his timely strikes with the ball played a massive part in Deccan’s title win in 2009, beating Bangalore in a close final. He had the best figures of 4 for 22 during the tournament.
Wickets: 23, Average: 18.13, Economy: 6.98
3) Pragyan Ojha (Deccan) – 2010
Pragyan Ojha was the first spinner to win the Purple Cap in the Indian T20 League. Ojha ended the tournament with 21 wickets at an average of 20.42 and an economy rate of 7.29. He had the best figures of 3 for 26 during the season. It was the second successive season that a Deccan bowler bagged the Purple Cap award.
Wickets: 21, Average: 20.42, Economy: 7.29
4) Lasith Malinga (Mumbai) – 2011
Lasith Malinga was a match-winner with the ball for Mumbai for more than a decade. The ace Sri Lankan fast bowler topped the bowling charts in 2011, finishing with the most wickets in the tournament. He picked up 28 wickets at an average of 13.39 and a brilliant economy rate lower than 6. His best figures of 5 for 13 came against Delhi.
Wickets: 28, Average: 13.39, Economy: 5.95
5) Morne Morkel (Delhi) – 2012
Morne Morkel dominated with the ball in the 2012 edition. The tall South African fast bowler played a huge role in Delhi’s success as they topped the points table but crashed out in the play-offs. He finished at the top of the Purple Cap list, with 25 wickets at an average of 18.12. His best figures of 4 for 20 came against Punjab.
Wickets: 25, Average: 18.12, Economy: 7.19
6) Dwayne Bravo (Chennai) – 2013
Dwayne Bravo had a phenomenal season with the ball for Chennai in 2013. Although the West Indian all-rounder was a little expensive at times, he took 32 wickets from 18 games. His count of 32 wickets remains the most by a bowler in a single season of the Indian T20 League. He had the best figures of 4 for 42 during the season.
Wickets: 32, Average: 15.53, Economy: 7.95
7) Mohit Sharma (Chennai) – 2014
Mohit Sharma continued his wicket-taking form from the 2013 season and bettered himself in the 2014 edition to win the Purple Cap. After taking 20 wickets from 15 games in the 2013 season, he picked up 23 wickets at an average of 19.65 in 2014. Individually he was good with the ball, but couldn’t help Chennai in making it to the final.
Wickets: 23, Average: 19.65, Economy: 8.39
8) Dwayne Bravo (Chennai) – 2015
Dwayne Bravo became the first bowler to win the Purple Cap twice when he scaled the feat in 2015. He returned with 26 wickets at an average of 16.38, as Chennai reached the final of the season. Moreover, this was the third season in a row that a Chennai bowler won the Purple Cap.
Wickets: 26, Average: 16.38, Economy: 8.14
9) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Hyderabad) – 2016
Before 2016, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had been consistent for India and in the league. In 2016, he emerged as the highest wicket taker and won the Purple Cap. Bhuvneshwar finished with 23 wickets in the season and played a major role in Hyderabad’s title-winning run. His best figures of 4 for 29 came against Gujarat.
Wickets: 23, Average: 21.3, Economy: 7.42
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10) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Hyderabad) – 2017
For the second season in a row, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dominated with the ball and won the Purple Cap. He is the first and only bowler to have won the Purple Cap for two consecutive years. He finished with 26 wickets at an average of 14.19. Hyderabad reached the play-offs but lost in the Eliminator to Kolkata.
Wickets: 26, Average: 14.19, Economy: 7.05
11) Andrew Tye (Punjab) – 2018
Andrew Tye is the only Australian to win the Purple Cap award in 13 seasons. The Australian fast bowler was expensive but picked up 24 wickets in the entire tournament. His performances couldn’t lift the Punjab team, as they finished 7th in the points table. His best figures of 4 for 16 came against Mumbai.
Wickets: 24, Average: 18.66, Economy: 8.00
12) Imran Tahir (Chennai) – 2019
After playing just six games in the 2018 season, Imran Tahir showed his class in the 2019 edition. The veteran leg-spinner from South Africa took 26 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 16.57 and an economy rate of 6.69. His performances played a significant role in Chennai’s run until the final. His best figures of 4 for 12 came against Delh
Wickets: 26, Average: 16.57, Economy: 6.69
13) Kagiso Rabada (Delhi) – 2020
After narrowly missing out on the Purple Cap in 2019, Kagiso Rabada won it in the 2020 season. He bettered his 25 wicket haul in the previous edition with 30 wickets in 2020 at an average of 18.26, and played a big part in Delhi’s run till the final. His best figures of 4 for 24 came against Bangalore.
Wickets: 30, Average: 18.26, Economy: 8.34
Indian T20 League 2021 Purple Cap Leader
Harshal Patel of Bangalore heads the Purple Cap list in the 2021 season. So far, he has taken 17 wickets in seven matches at an average of 15.21 and an economy rate of 9.17. His best figures of 5 for 27 came in the very first match of the tournament against Mumbai. It will be interesting to see whether he can continue his brilliant run when the season resumes in the UAE.
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