The tenth edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to commence on the 5th of April. The Ring Side View is rolling back the years to take a look at the best moments and top performances in IPL history. Today, we take a look at the ‘Purple Cap’ winners in the past editions. The highest wicket taker of the tournament is awarded the Purple Cap at the end of the season and some of the biggest names in T20 cricket have won this prestigious award in the past.
Sohail Tanvir (2008): The left arm seamer from Pakistan was one of the biggest contributors to the Rajasthan Royal’s successful campaign in the first season of the IPL. With figures of 6/14 in a league stage game against Chennai Super Kings, Tanvir got the world to sit up and take notice of him. He picked 22 wickets in the inaugural season to win the Purple Cap.
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Rudra Pratap Singh (2009): The trend of a left arm fast bowler winning the Purple Cap and his team winning the IPL continued in season 2 of the tournament when RP Singh won the prestigious award. With 23 wickets in the season for Deccan Chargers, RP Singh won the Purple Cap in 2009.
Pragyan Ojha (2010): For the first time in IPL history, a spinner became the highest wicket taker in a season. The Deccan Charger’s left arm spinner Ojha was the winner of the Purple Cap in 2010 with 21 wickets and best figures of 3/26.
Lasith Malinga (2011): Always tipped to be in the running for the Purple Cap, Sri Lanka’s death over specialist, Lasith Malinga claimed the award in 2011 with 28 wickets in the season. The Mumbai Indians depended a lot on Malinga’s accuracy to do well in the tournament.
Morne Morkel (2012): The Delhi Daredevils haven’t been the most successful IPL team, but their tall right-arm seamer from South Africa won the Purple Cap in 2012. He claimed 25 wickets with best figures of 4/20 as Delhi finished on top of the league table at the end of the season.
Dwayne Bravo (2013): One of M.S.Dhoni’s go-to bowlers in Chennai Super Kings was all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. He set an IPL record by picking up 32 wickets in a single season and was one of the major reasons for CSK finishing on top of the league table at the end of the tournament.
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Mohit Sharma (2014): The relatively lesser known medium pacer who represented the Chennai Super Kings in 2014 claimed 23 wickets in the season to win the Purple Cap. Mohit Sharma impressed everyone with his wily slower deliveries and accurate death bowling.
Dwayne Bravo (2015): The only bowler to have won the Purple Cap twice in IPL history has been Dwayne Bravo. He claimed 26 wickets in 2015 to win the award for the highest wicket taker and once again helped his side, CSK to finish on top of the table. Bravo’s strengths have been his ability to bowl accurate slower deliveries especially at the death.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2016): Along with skipper David Warner, the biggest contributor to the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s championship winning season last year was Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. The right arm pacer from India was able to change his pace and also bowl yorkers consistently, which enabled him to win the Purple Cap with 23 wickets in the season.
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With a host of world class bowlers involved in the tenth edition of the IPL, it will be interesting to see who can stake claim to the Purple Cap this season.