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IPL 2020: Previous Purple Cap Winners in the IPL

IPL over the years has been a dwelling ground for many talented cricketers who went onto make it big at the international level. Be it a bowler or a batsman, they have grinded themselves in the tournament, time and again and have proved their potential to the world. The Orange Cap and the Purple Cap, therefore, the just rewards for the players excelling in both departments. In the last 12 editions, just two spinners have been Purple Cap Winners in the IPL, while 10 pacers have received the purple cap. Dwayne Bravo and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the only two bowlers who were Purple Cap winners in the IPL twice.

Here is a look at the Previous Purple Cap Winners in the IPL in the last 12 seasons. 

Sohail Tanveer (22 Wickets for Rajasthan Royals in 2008)

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2008 was the only year when Pakistan players were allowed to participate in the IPL. Several renowned Pakistan players participated in the tournament including Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Salman Butt and Sohail Tanveer. After the end of the season, it was Sohail Tanveer who became the first bowler ever to win the Purple Cap in the IPL with 22 wickets from 11 matches for Rajasthan Royals, which included a four-fer and a fifer. The Royals also were the maiden IPL champions in 2008 and have been seeking their second title ever since. He also held the record of bowling the best spell of 6/14 which stood for over a decade with young Windies pacer Alzarri Joseph bettering it with a spell of 6/12 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019.

RP Singh (23 Wickets for Deccan Chargers in 2009)

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Veteran Indian pacer RP Singh, became the first Indian bowler among the Purple Cap Winners in the IPL. Playing for Deccan Chargers, Singh took 23 wickets in 16 matches at an economy of 6.98. It was also the year when Deccan Chargers became the second team to win the IPL. He bowled with pace and swing and was the revolution of the season. 

Pragyan Ojha (21 Wickets for Deccan Chargers in 2010)

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Ojha became the second straight Chargers bowler to be counted among the Purple Cap winners in the IPL. He ended the season with 21 wickets with an economy touching close to 8. He was also the first spinner ever to win the Purple Cap. He was a part of three IPL titles (one with DC and two with MI). He last played in the IPL in 2015 when Mumbai Indians were crowned the IPL champions for the second time.

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Lasith Malinga (28 Wickets for Mumbai Indians in 2011)

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Though Mumbai Indians did not win the IPL title in 2011, Lasith Malinga added his name among the Purple Cap winners. 28 wickets he took at an economy of under six. Malinga has played a total of 10 out of 11 seasons of IPL for the Mumbai Indians and is among the IPL veterans. He has 170 wickets overall and is currently, the highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL. Though in the wrong side of 30, Malinga is still a legend of the game and an inspirational figure in the MI camp.

Morne Morkel (25 Wickets for Delhi Capitals in 2012)

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The tall and lanky South African pacer Morne Morkel won the Purple Cap in 2012. He picked up 25 wickets at an economy of 7.19 and helped Delhi reach the playoffs of the tournament. He also became the first Protean bowler to win the Purple Cap in the IPL. He used his height to good use for his success throughout the season. Morkel is not a part of the IPL since the last three editions having played last in 2016.

Dwayne Bravo ( 32 Wickets for Chennai Super Kings in 2013)

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Dwayne Bravo is the only bowler among the Purple Cap Winners in the IPL to have picked up 30 wickets or more in a single season. He is also one of the two bowlers to have won the Purple Cap twice. In IPL 2013, though CSK did not win the title, Bravo ended as the leading wicket-taker in the season with 32 scalps at an economy of 7.95. 

Mohit Sharma (23 Wickets for Chennai Super Kings in 2014)

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Yet again it was a Chennai Super Kings bowler to get his name in the list of Purple Cap winners in the IPL. Mohit Sharma ended the season with 23 wickets. This was just his second season in the tournament with CSK and he proved his worth in gold for the team. He took those wickets at an economy of 8.39 with one four-wicket haul. He was with the franchise till 2017.

Dwayne Bravo (26 wickets for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2015)

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Twice in three years, Bravo won the Purple Cap, this time by bagging 26 wickets at a higher economy of 8.14. By this time, Bravo had become an IPL death bowler specialist and a veteran of the tournament. He was MS Dhoni’s go-to-man for wickets in the tournament and Bravo delivered without fail. Bravo is always given the hard task of bowling the death overs and more often than not, the Windies all-rounder has stepped up to the expectations of his captain. In IPL 2020 too, like the previous years, Bravo will be MS Dhoni’s trump card.

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Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (23 Wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016)

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This was the year when Sunrisers Hyderabad under David Warner won their maiden IPL title and it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who inspired them to the title with 23 wickets. Leader of the bowling attack, Bhuvi bowled the tough overs at the start and at the death. His IPL exploits also earned him a return in the Indian T20I team and since then it has been an upward curve for Bhuvi in international cricket. 

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (26 Wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017)

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The very next, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar again who ended the season as the highest wicket-taker in the season. Thus Bhuvi became the second bowler in the IPL to win the Purple Cap twice after Dwayne Bravo. This time he bettered his stats taking 26 wickets compared to 23 in 2016. He also got those wickets at a lesser economy rate of 7.05 compared to 7.42 in 2016. He also got a fifer against Kings XI Punjab. 

Andrew Tye (24 Wickets for Kings XI Punjab in 2018)

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Tye became the first Australian bowler to win the Purple Cap and enlist his name among the Purple Cap winners in the IPL. A bowler who depends on his variations to get wickets ended with 24 wickets in the season. Being an Australian bowler who bowls generally in very different conditions than India, Tye showed his ability to adjust to the conditions. His knuckleball and slower delivery are his two most potent deliveries with which he bamboozles the batsmen. He got those wickets at an economy of 8, including three four-wicket hauls. 

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Imran Tahir (26 Wickets for Chennai Super Kings in 2019)

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40-year old Imran Tahir is only the second spinner among the Purple Cap winners in the IPL. He took 26 wickets in IPL 2019 to finish at the top of the pile. He got those wickets at an economy of less than seven including three four-wicket hauls. A bowler with a childlike enthusiasm for the sport, he forms a terrific partnership with MS Dhoni. He was retained by the franchise ahead of the IPL 2020 auctions and will be one of the key players in the 13th edition of the tournament.

With the IPL 2020 starting from March 29, it will be interesting to see who is the next bowler to add his name to this elite list. 

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