T20 Cricket is the most thrilling format of the game out of all the three formats. The quality of the bowlers makes it more exciting than anything. When it comes to the Indian Premier League, we see the best quality bowlers and every year there is one individual who takes away the Purple Cap.
The Purple Cap is an honorary award presented in the IPL to the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. The Purple Cap serves as a recognition of the bowler who consistently performs at the highest level throughout the IPL season. It is a symbol of excellence and skill in the art of bowling in the fast-paced T20 format.
We have compiled a list of players who have achieved the Purple Cap since the inception of the tournament.
Purple Cap Winners: Full List
Check out the list of all the Purple Cap winners in the history of IPL below.
1) Yuzvendra Chahal – IPL 2022
In the last season of the Indian Premier League, India’s one of the deadliest spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal, made headlines by picking up 27 wickets in 17 games at an economy of 7.75. He had his first Purple Cap last year and recorded an average of 19.52.
2) Harshal Patel – IPL 2021
Harshal Patel made headlines in IPL 2021 after achieving the highest fleet in the overall IPL tournament with 32 wickets. Only he and Dwayne Bravo have achieved the record number in the history of the Indian Premier League.
3) Kagiso Rabada – IPL 2020
The South African pacer gained heights in the IPL 2020 season. Kagiso Rabada picked up 30 wickets in 17 games while maintaining his economy at 8.34. Rabada currently plays for Punjab Kings and has done a good job with the team.
4) Imran Tahir – IPL 2019
Imran Tahir has been a legendary South African spinner who made a special space for himself in all the T20 cricket leagues happening in the world. While playing for CSK in 2020, Tahir earned his purple cap by picking up 26 wickets in 17 games at an economy of 6.69.
5) Andrew Tye – IPL 2018
Australia has always made a significant contribution to the success of the IPL. One of the standout Australian pacers, Andrew Tye, grabbed headlines by winning the Purple Cap after taking 24 wickets in 14 games with a formidable economy rate of 8.
6) Bhuvneshwar Kumar – IPL 2017, IPL 2016
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has played a crucial role in Team India’s success in the T20 format, making him an integral factor. He holds the distinction of being the second bowler to win the Purple Cap twice in the IPL, accomplishing this feat consecutively. In 2016, Bhuvneshwar claimed his first Purple Cap by taking 23 wickets, and the following year, in 2017, he surpassed his previous record by picking up an impressive 26 wickets.
7) Dwayne Bravo – IPL 2015
This was the second Purple Cap for Dwayne Bravo in IPL with Chennai Super Kings. In 17 games, Bravo picked up 26 wickets at an economy of 8.14. He recently announced his retirement and is now working as the bowling coach for CSK,
8) Mohit Sharma – IPL 2014
In 2014, Mohit Sharma became the new face of Indian bowling but soon his pace slowed down, and was not seen with the senior team after a year. However, in IPL 2014, Sharma earned his Purple Cap by picking up 23 wickets in 16 games.
9) Dwayne Bravo – IPL 2013
The first Purple Cap for Dwayne Bravo was in IPL 2013 season. He stunned everyone as he picked up 32 wickets and became the first bowler to reach the number. In 18 matches, Bravo reached that number and defined his heroics for Chennai Super Kings.
10) Morne Morkel – IPL 2012
The South African pacer who became an inspiration for the new generation of bowlers from South Africa, Morne Morkel, earned his Purple Cap in 2012 by scalping 25 wickets in 16 games at an economy of 7.19.
11) Lasith Malinga – IPL 2011
During his career, Lasith Malinga was one of the most feared bowlers in international cricket. As a crucial part of Mumbai Indians in 2011, Malinga picked up 28 wickets in 16 games at an economy of 5.95.
12) Pragyan Ojha – IPL 2010
During the third season of the Indian Premier League, Pragyan Ojha became the star of the Deccan Chargers by picking up 21 wickets in 16 games at an economy of 7.29.
13) RP Singh – IPL 2009
Another Deccan Chargers player, RP Singh, made headlines in the second season of the tournament. RP Singh earned his Purple Cap by picking up 23 wickets in 16 games at an economy of 6.98.
14) Sohail Tanvir – IPL 2008
The first-ever Purple Cap of the Indian Premier League went to Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir. He picked up 22 wickets in 11 games at an economy of 6.46.