Dwyane Bravo

In batsmen dominated game thanks to the bag full of tricks (variations) bowlers have fought their way back and zipped batsmen. In-between batting fireworks bowlers in IPL bowlers have produced some classy spells and pulled things back out of nowhere. Here is a list of Purple Cap holders (most wickets) of all seasons:

The Purple cap is awarded to the bowler who take sthe most number of wickets in a particular edition of the IPL. The Prize has been won by the likes of Sohail Tanvir, RP Singh, Lasith Malinga, Dwayne Bravo, Pragyan Ojha and Morne Morkel in the previous editions of the IPL.

SR. NoName of PlayerMatchesWicketsEconomyAverageStrike rateBest Figures4 WI
1Bhuvaneshwar Kumar8155.4911.5312.604/141
2Mohit Sharma9157.8816.2012.334/141
3Pravin Tambe9146.5816.9215.424/201
4Lasith Malinga8135.9614.4614.534/231
5Sumil Narine9136.3617.6116.614/231

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IPL 6, 2013: Last season Dwayne Bravo for Chennai Super Kings turned out be the purple cap holder. The medium fast bowler bagged 32 wickets in 18 innings at a strike rate of 11.2. His best bowling figures were 4/42. Bravo had an economy of 7.95.

IPL 5, 2012: Fast bowler Morne Morkel for Delhi Daredevils picked 25 wickets in 16 innings. The pacer’s best bowling figures were 4/20. Morkel had a strike rate of 15.1 and economy of 7.19.

IPL 4, 2011: ‘Slinger’ Lasith Malinga snared 28 wickets in 16 innings for Mumbai Indians. He took one five wicket haul and his best bowling figures were 5/13. Malinga was very economical with the ball and had phenomenal economy of 5.95 with strike rate of 13.5.

IPL 3, 2010: Slow left arm bowler Pragyan Ojha picked 21 wickets and helped Deccan Chargers to lift the title. His best figures were 3/26 and had strike rate of 16.8. Ojha is the only spinner to hold Purple Cap.

IPL 2, 2009: This year IPL was moved out of India as it clashed with the General Elections. Seaming conditions in South Africa proved helpful to RP Singh as he went on to pick 23 wickets in 16 innings. His best bowling figures were 4/22. Singh had an economy of 6.98.  Unluckily, RP Singh with a base price of 1 crore was not picked by any team in this year’s auction.

IPL 1, 2008: Inaugural edition saw Pakistani players participating in IPL and Sohail Tanvir was drafted in Rajasthan Royals squad. The wrong footed bowler picked 22 wickets in 11 innings at a strike rate of 11.2. Tanvir averaged 12.09 and his best bowling figures were 6/14 against Chennai Super Kings which remains best bowling figures in an innings in IPL history.

Trivia: James Faulkner is the only bowler with two (the most) five wicket hauls. He has played for Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors and Rajasthan Royals.