IPL 2018: IPL's Orange Cap winners over the years
Over the last 10 years in IPL, 8 batsmen have won Orange Caps. Interestingly, foreign stars have an edge over Indians if we look at past leading run-scorers. Also, left-handed batsmen atop have won the Cap by a 7-3 margin. From Chris Gayle, David Warner to Michael Hussey we relive the performances of the Orange Cap winners.
The Australian delight
The Australian southpaws have won a total of five Orange Caps in 10 years. In 2008, Shaun Marsh became the inaugural Cap holder with 616 runs for Punjab. CSK's Matthew Hayden continued the Aussie charge in 2009 with 572 runs. In 2013, Michael Hussey was the star for CSK bagging 733 runs. SRH's David Warner then won it twice in 2015 and 2017.
Brilliant Warner in a zone of his own
Warner has been in tremendous form in the IPL in the last couple of seasons. He has been aggressive and did the bulk of scoring for SRH. He is the current Orange Cap holder after scoring 641 runs last season. In 2015 he amassed 562.
Chris Gayle swept the award in 2011 and 2012
Chris Gayle owned the pitch in the IPL in 2011 and 2012. Every team received a hammering, centuries were scored, and the West Indies man became the 'Universal Boss' right away. In 2011, he smashed two centuries and scored 608 runs in 12 matches. He followed that up with 733 runs in 2012 and led second best scorer Gautam Gambhir by 143 runs.
Sachin the first Indian to win Orange Cap
Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar became the first Indian to break the Aussie dominance and win the award in 2010. It was a majestic year for Tendulkar personally helping Mumbai to reach the final. He amassed a mammoth 618 runs to his name, scoring five fifties that season. He pipped former South African hero Jacques Kallis that year for the Cap.
Kohli, Uthappa other Indian winners
Virat Kohli brags about the highest ever runs scored in a single season in the history of the IPL. He smashed 973 runs in 2016 and hit four centuries. His hunger for runs was at a different level altogether. Kolkata's 2014 IPL title win needs to be credited to Robin Uthappa, who bagged the Orange Cap after scoring 660 runs.
Kohli's 973 runs our pick of Orange Cap holders
The double swoops by Warner and Gayle have been the highlight of Orange Cap history. But our pick of the best holder goes to Kohli. Not just because of his figures, but the vast array of shot making and character. 4 centuries tell everything!