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From 2008 to 2024: List of all Purple Cap winners in Indian Premier League (IPL)

Published at :May 26, 2024 at 10:12 PM
Modified at :May 26, 2024 at 10:12 PM
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Utkarsh Rathour


Only three bowlers have won the Purple Cap twice in the history of IPL.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the toughest cricket leagues in the world. The tournament is played every year and features a mix of domestic and international players who have the sole aim to lift the coveted IPL trophy.

While a major section of cricket lovers watch IPL for electric fielding and aggressive batting, the bowling can also be equally exciting. A maiden over or a hat-trick can change the momentum of the match. Bowlers play a huge role in helping their IPL team reach the ultimate glory.

Just like the Orange Cap, where a batter gets awarded for scoring the most runs in one edition of the tournament, a bowler who takes most wickets in the whole IPL season, is awarded the Purple Cap. This trend has been followed since the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008.

Here’s the list of all Purple Cap winners in the history of IPL:

1. Sohail Tanvir (2008)

Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir. (Image source: BCCI)

Former Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir won the inaugural Purple Cap in the IPL 2008 season. Representing Rajasthan Royals (RR), Tanvir bagged 22 wickets in 11 matches with a best performance of 6/14 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

His crucial contributions with the ball helped Rajasthan win the IPL championship. He is the only Pakistan bowler who has won the Purple Cap in the tournament’s history until now.

2. RP Singh (2009)

RP Singh
RP Singh. (Image source: Twitter)

Former Indian left-arm pacer RP Singh became the first Indian bowler to be awarded the Purple Cap. While representing the now-defunct Deccan Chargers in the 2009 season, Singh played a huge role with the ball in helping his side lift the trophy.

The left-arm pacer bagged 23 wickets in 16 outings and also delivered a match-winning performance with a four-wicket haul against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in the grand finale.

3. Pragyan Ojha (2010)

Pragyan Ojha
Pragyan Ojha. (Image source: Twitter)

During the IPL 2010 edition, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha won the Purple Cap award while playing for the Deccan Chargers. He took 21 wickets in 16 matches, but his stellar performance with the ball couldn’t help his side defend the title.

4. Lasith Malinga (2011)

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. (Image source: Twitter)

Legendary Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga had a dream tournament with the ball in IPL 2011. Representing Mumbai Indians (MI), Malinga took 28 wickets in 16 games and won the Purple Cap award. Despite Malinga’s excellent display with the ball in the season, MI failed to win the title as they lost to MS Dhoni’s CSK in the final.

5. Morne Morkel (2012)

Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel. (Image source: Twitter)

South Africa pacer Morne Morkel bagged 25 wickets in 16 matches, including a four-wicket haul, in the IPL 2012. Playing for the Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals), Morkel won the Purple Cap award for taking the most wickets. However, his team failed to reach the final.

6. Dwayne Bravo (2013)

Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo. (Image source: Twitter)

Legendary all-rounder Dwayne Bravo had a phenomenal campaign with the ball in the IPL 2013 season. Representing CSK, Bravo scalped 32 wickets in 17 outings with an economy of 8.14. Despite Bravo’s record-breaking season, the Super Kings couldn’t get their hands on the trophy as they lost the final to MI.

32 wickets by Bravo in IPL 2013 is still the joint-most wickets taken by a bowler in an edition of the IPL.

7. Mohit Sharma (2014)

Mohit Sharma
Mohit Sharma. (Image source: Twitter)

Right-arm speedster Mohit Sharma was awarded the Purple Cap in the 2014 edition. While representing CSK, Sharma bagged 23 wickets in 16 matches with an economy of 8.39.

8. Dwayne Bravo (2015)

Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina
Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina. (Image source: Twitter)

Former West Indies all-rounder DJ Bravo became the first player in IPL history to win the Purple Cap award twice when he won it in IPL 2015. While playing for Chennai, the seamer scalped 26 wickets in 17 matches in the IPL 2015 edition. However, CSK once again lost the final to MI.

9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2016)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Image source: BCCI)

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) won their maiden IPL trophy in the 2016 edition. A lot of credit for SRH’s victory goes to veteran Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who showcased brilliant skills with the ball. Kumar took 23 wickets in 17 matches to earn the Purple Cap award and march his side to win the championship.

10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2017)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Image source: IPL)

Indian speedster Bhuvneshkumar Kumar became the first-ever bowler in history to win the Purple Cap two years in a row.

Representing the Hyderabad franchise, Kumar ended the IPL 2017 season with 26 wickets in 14 games, including a five-wicket haul. He is also the only Indian pacer to be awarded two Purple Caps twice.

11. Andrew Tye (2018)

Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye. (Image source: IPL)

Andrew Tye became the first Australian bowler to win the Purple Cap. While bowling for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in the IPL 2018 season, Tye played 14 games in which he scalped 24 wickets, which also included three four-wicket hauls.

12. Imran Tahir (2019)

Imran Thair
Imran Thair. (Image source: IPL)

Leg-spinner Imran Thair proved once again that age is just a number by winning the prestigious Purple Cap in the 2019 edition at the age of 40. He took 26 wickets in 17 matches while playing for the Chennai Super Kings. However, CSK lost another final to MI.

13. Kagiso Rabada (2020)

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. (Image source: Twitter)

South African speedster Kagiso Rabada won the Purple Cap award in the 2020 season. Rabad bagged 30 wickets in 17 outings while playing for the Delhi Capitals. However, his side failed to win the IPL title, losing the final to MI.

14. Harshal Patel (2021)

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel. (Image source: BCCI)

In 2021, India pacer Harshal Patel equalled Dwayne Bravo’s record for the most wickets in an IPL season. Harshal, who represented Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) that season, took a record-equaling 32 wickets in 15 matches and won the Purple Cap.

His best figures for the season were 5/27. It is to be noted that Harshal is the only Indian pacer to have taken 30 or more wickets in an IPL season.

15. Yuzvendra Chahal (2022)

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image source: Twitter)

Indian veteran leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal won the Purple Cap in the IPL 2022 season. Playing for Rajasthan Royals, Chahal scalped 27 wickets in 17 innings, including a four-wicket haul. Even after his stellar performance with the ball, Rajasthan failed to clinch the title.

16. Mohammed Shami (2023)

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami (Image source: IPL)

Senior India pacer Mohammed Shami had a phenomenal campaign with the ball in 2023. While playing for the Gujarat Titans (GT), Shami bagged 28 wickets in 17 matches at an economy of 8.03. The right-arm speedster won the Purple Cap for his brilliant outing with the ball. However, GT failed to win the grand finale against CSK.

17. Harshal Patel (PBKS) – 2024

Harshal Patel, Punjab Kings, IPL 2024
Harshal Patel. (Image Source: BCCI)

Despite Punjab Kings not reaching the playoffs, their seamer Harshal Patel ended up winning the Purple Cap in IPL 2024. Harshal took 24 wickets in 14 matches he played in the league stage at an average of 19.87 to win the Purple Cap second time in his IPL career.

(All stats updated till 26th May, 2024)

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