With Mumbai Indians winning the IPL trophy for four times which is the most won by any team, we take a look at the individuals who have won most Purple Cap awards in the tournament. Purple Cap is given to the bowler who picks most wickets at the end of the season while leading run scorer at the end of the season gets the orange cap, a list we have already compiled in another article.
2008 : Sohail Tanvir – 22 Wickets
The inaugural season of IPL was the only season where Pakistani players were allowed to participate in the competition and Pakistani left arm sensation (at that time) made it a season to remember for himself. Tanvir had a very unusual action and had slower deliveries as his main weapon. He played 11 matches for Rajasthan Royals and picked up 22 wickets at a strike rate of 11.22. His economy of 6.46 too suggests that he became a go to bowler for his captain who used this unknown commodity really well helping Royals win their first and only IPL trophy.
2009 : RP Singh – 23 Wickets
From one left hander to another, Deccan Chargers’ RP Singh won the purple cap in 2009 as he picked up 23 wickets for his side who emerged victorious beating RCB in the final. Singh, who played pivotal role in India’s success in WT20 a couple of years ago was famous for his inswing. The left arm pacer picked up 23 wickets at an average of 18 and economy under 7 in the second deason of IPL which was played in helpful conditions for fast bowling.
2010 : Pragyan Ojha – 21 Wickets
IPL was back in India and so was the effect of spinners. Such was the impact that 4 of the leading 5 wicket takers that season were spinners with Pragyan Ojha topping the chart. Ojha took a total of 21 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 20. His economy was over 7 but under 8 which you’d consider good for an attacking spinner who sometimes has to buy his wickets. Ojha won the purple cap but his side didn’t win the IPL trophy for the first time among the other purple cap winners.
2011 : Lasith Malinga – 28 Wickets
Lasith Malinga is undoubtedly the greatest bowler to play in IPL. A recognition he has proved with his remarkable consistency over the years. Only in 2017, Malinga has picked up less than 15 wickets. He was at his best in 2011 when he broke the existing record of 23 wickets in a season. Malinga almost led Mumbai Indians to their maiden IPL trophy with his heroic over the season. In 16 matches, Malinga picked up 28 wickets at an economy of 5.95. It’s so hard to believe someone can go at that economy in this format.
2012 – Morne Morkel : 25 Wickets
Delhi Daredevils, now Delhi Capitals have been one of the most unsuccessful teams in the history of IPL despite having quality players in their ranks. However, they looked all set to win their first ever trophy in 2012 on the back of Morne Morkel’s gallant efforts. They were knocked out in the playoffs stage despite finishing first in the table but Morkel made sure his performance earns him the biggest reward a bowler gets in this competition. The South African speedster picked up 25 wickets from 16 games in that season.
2013 – Dwayne Bravo : 32 Wickets
Probably not as much as Malinga but Dwayne Bravo has had a tremendous impact at IPL over the years. The impact can be measured by the fact that he holds the record of taking the most number of wickets in one IPL season which is 32 in 2013. He obviously earned a purple cap award for his stellar performance in that season. Bravo’s economy was on a slightly higher side but his strike rate of only 11 made things so easy for Dhoni throughout IPL 2013.
2014 – Mohit Sharma : 23 Wickets
Chennai Super Kings fast bowler Mohit Sharma emerged as an extremely useful death bowler not just for CSK but also for India during the next couple of years. Staying true to the context, Sharma had a very deceptive back of the hand slower ball, which combined with his timely usage forced so many batsmen to make mistakes. Mohit picked up 23 wickets from 16 matches that season, won the purple cap and later got selected for Indian national team as well.
2015 : Dwayne Bravo – 26 Wickets
CSK bowlers had total domination over the purple cap awards in these 3 years but the trophy still somehow evaded the men in Yellow. Bravo again used all his wit, skills and experience to bag 26 wickets from 17 games. Compared to his previous purple cap winning performance in 2013, his economy went slightly up but his strike rarte of 12 remained same more or less.
2016 : Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 23 Wickets
Not only Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up wickets but he also kept a tight check on the run flow which helped SRH beat RCB by 8 runs in a tight final played at Chinnaswamy stadium. Bhuvneshwear had become a pro at death bowling by that time and it was his skills of bowling perfect yorkers at death which mixed with the slower balls helped him bag 23 scalps in 17 games that season.
2017 : Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 26 Wickets
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only bowler to win back to back purple caps in the history of IPL. After finishing his work in 2016, he started from where he had left last year. Bhuvi went on to improve his numbers as he picked up 26 wickets at a strike rate of 12 which is 5 better than his strike rate of 17 last season but his team failed to replicate the same success which shows why is it important to work collectively as an unit.
2018 : Andrew Tye – 24 Wickets
Season 2018 showed had neck and neck competition for the purple cap award but in the end, it was Kings XI Punjab’s Andrew Tye who won the race as he had 24 wickets to show from 14 matches. His side Kings XI failed to qualify for playoffs which meant he only had 14 games to play and win something as big as this. Tye had a very good knuckle ball which he used to the best effects in that season. He averaged 18 and had an economy of exactly 8.
2019 : Imran Tahir – 26 Wickets
Imran Tahir returned with 26 wickets in the previous season of IPL to propel CSK to the IPL final which they lost to Mumbai Indians by just 1 run. Tahir had a very close competition with own countryman and Delhi Capitals’ fast bowler Kagiso Rabada whom he managed to surpass in the final where he picked up 2 wickets. Tahir also had an impressive economy of only 6.69 but that can be attributed to the fact that he played most of his home matches on slow pitches of Chepauk. He holds the record of most number of wickets taken by a spinner in one IPL season.