Purple Cap – The Crown For The Best Bowler In IPL

Since the inaugural of IPL (Indian Premier League), it has gained huge popularity. The IPL is a Twenty20 cricket competition which is played every year in India.

IPL was founded in 2008 by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It is the most popular league in the world and is watched by huge number of fans from all over the world.

Since this year there has been total twelve seasons of the tournament. The first season was won by Rajasthan Royals while the current title holders are Mumbai Indians. This is the 4th title for MI and all these came under their skipper Rohit Sharma.

IPL 2019 Champions Mumbai Indians
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Awards given in IPL

The glorious tournament boasts of a huge prize money along with some individual awards too. These are the Orange Cap, Purple Cap, Maximum Sixes Award, Most Valuable Player and Emerging Player of the Year.

Every year the prize money varies and in IPL 2019, the prize money has been ₹50 crore. The winning team (Mumbai Indians) received ₹20 crore. The runners-up Chennai Super Kings received ₹12.5 crores. The third-placed team Delhi Capitals and fourth-placed team Sunrises Hyderabad received ₹8.75 crore each.

IPL 2019 Orange Cap Winner David Warner
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Origin of Purple Cap

When IPL was introduced in 2008, the first individual award was introduced a week later. On 25 April 2008, the award Orange Cap was introduced. It was decided that the batsman who will score most runs during the tournament, will wear the Orange Cap while fielding.

The recipient of the cap changed hands as almost after every match, the leading run-scorer changed. The player who ended the season as the leading run-scorer, got the Orange Cap award and cash prize.

IPL 2019 Purple Cap Winner Imran Tahir
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Likewise the Purple Cap was introduced in the tournament on 13 May 2008. It was decided that the bowler who will take the most wickets during the course of the tournament, will get to wear the cap while fielding.

Just like the Orange Cap, the bowler with the most number of wickets at the end of the season will take home the Purple Cap trophy and cash prize. In case there is a tie, the bowler with the better economy rate will be named the winner.

After the introduction of the Purple Cap, then IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi said, “We have seen over the course of the inaugural season of the League so far that bowlers have just as important a role to play in winning T20 matches as batsmen do.”

List of all Purple Cap winners till date

Season Player Mat Wkts  
2008 Pakistan Sohail Tanvir (RR) 11 22  
2009 India R. P. Singh (DC) 16 23  
2010 India Pragyan Ojha (DC) 16 21  
2011 Sri Lanka Lasith Malinga (MI) 16 28  
2012 South Africa Morne Morkel (DD) 16 25  
2013 Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo (CSK) 18 32  
2014 India Mohit Sharma (CSK) 16 23  
2015 Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo (CSK) 16 24  
2016 India Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) 17 23  
2017 India Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) 14 26  
2018 Australia  Andrew Tye (KXIP) 14 24  
2019 South Africa Imran Tahir (CSK) 17 26


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