One of the most contested after and coveted award in the Indian premier League is the IPL purple cap which is given to the bowler who has scalped the most number of wickets at the end of the tournament. Throughout the tournament, the IPL purple cap changes hands after every match with the bowler with the most scalps till then given the privilege of wearing the cap while fielding. The leading wicket-taker is presented a trophy in the shape of a purple cap at the end of the tournament to commemorate his amazing feat. Then IPL Chairman Lalit Modi had said of the initiative during its announcement, “We have seen over the course of the inaugural season of the League so far that bowlers have just as important a role to play in winning T20 matches as batsmen do.”
With IPL 2018 just around the corner, the fight for this year’s IPL purple cap promises to be tighter than ever. With 26 wickets from 14 matches, Indian spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar of the Sunrisers Hyderabad at a fantastic economy of just 7.05 took home the prestigious award last time around but he will be facing a real threat this time around to retain his title. With bowlers like Dwayne Bravo, Rabada, Marsh and Rashid Khan among others in the form of their lives, two-time winner Kumar will have to ensure that he is on his A-game if he wants to make it three out of three.
We take a look at the winners of IPL Purple cap from the start of the IPL:
In the all-time leading list of wicket-takers, Lasith Malinga tops the charts with 154 wickets. Indian spinners Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh come second and third with 134 and 127 wickets respectively.
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