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T20 cricket may be a batsman’s game but there are a few bowlers who also make a mark with their skill. The Indian Premier League (IPL) recognises the leading wicket-takers each year with the Purple Cap. Nishad Pai Vaiya recalls the winners of the season-ending Purple Cap so far.

1:  Sohail Tanvir (Season: 2008, M: 11, W: 22, Ave: 12.09, BB: 6 for 14)

 Shane Warne’s Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL against all expectations. It was a team that nurtured young talent and pitchforked unknown players on a pedestal. Then, there were those like Sohail Tanvir, who had already made their international debuts but were searching for stardom. With that wrong-footed action, Tanvir would move the ball away from the right-handers. He became the spearhead of the Rajasthan Royals attack as he went on to take 22 wickets in the season, which included a spell of six for 14 against the formidable Chennai Super Kings. Those figures still remain the best in an IPL game. Tanvir also had the honour of hitting the winning runs for Rajasthan Royals that season. Sadly, political issues ensured that Pakistan players never appeared in the tournament again.

2:  RP Singh (Season: 2009, M: 16, W: 23, Ave: 18.13, BB: 4 for 22)

Adam Gilchrist fashioned a remarkable turn-around for the Deccan Chargers. Having finished at the bottom of the table in 2008, he scripted a victorious run for them the following year. In South African conditions, RP Singh was a handful with his left-arm pacers. He maintained the pressure early on and was then brought in for the later stages. In many ways, RP Singh went on to replicate his performance of the ICC World T20 2007 in South Africa. He was threatening and bowled with fire, playing an important role in Deccan Chargers’ title run.

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