Bengaluru, April 21: Starting its journey in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has entered the 10th season this year. We already have 6 different champions in the last 9 years.
Rajasthan Royals had won the trophy in the inaugural edition followed by Deccan Charges in the succeeding season.
Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians have won the coveted title twice and Sunrisers Hyderabad won it last season.
T20 cricket, as we all know, is predominantly dominated by the batsmen. The fans flock the stadiums in numbers to watch their favourite stars hit the ball out of the park.
In the last 9 years, we have seen some scintillating batting performances from some of the finest batsmen in the world.
The Orange Cap which is given to the highest run scorer of a particular season has switched hands several times in the last 9 seasons.
Australian batsman Shaun Marsh bagged the Orange Cap in the first season scoring 616 runs. Chris Gayle has bagged the honour twice in 2011 and 2012.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first Indian batsman to win the Cap in 2010. Till date, only two Indians batsmen other than the Sachin have won it, Robin Uthappa in 2014 and Virat Kohli in 2016.
Among all the Orange Cap winners, Royal Challengers Bangalore's Kohli scored the most number of runs to bag it, 973 runs.
Here is the list of all 9 Orange Cap winners (2008 to 2016)
Virat Kohli (RCB, 2016)
The Indian captain scored 973 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, hitting 4 centuries. Virat Kohli is the highest scoring Orange Cap winner in the history of the tournament.
David Warner (SRH, 2015)
David Warner won the Orange Cap in 2015 scoring 562 runs in 14 matches. The Sunrisers Hyderabad captain had a brilliant strike rate of 156 and an average of 43.
Robin Uthappa (KKR, 2014)
Kolkata Knight Riders' Robin Uthappa won the Orange Cap in 2014 scoring 660 runs in 16 matches. His performance inspired KKR to win their second IPL title.
Michael Hussey (CSK, 2013)
Mr Cricket, Michael Hussey won the Orange Cap in 2013 playing for Chennai Super Kings. The Australian batsman scored 733 runs in 17 matches. CSK had lost the final against Mumbai Indians.
Chris Gayle (RCB, 2012)
'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle won the Orange Cap for the second consecutive time in 2012 for Royal Challengers Bangalore scoring 733 runs in 15 matches.
Chris Gayle (RCB, 2011)
Royal Challengers Bangalore's Chris Gayle won the Orange Cap for the first time in 2011, scoring 608 runs in 2012. It was his debut season for RCB and he proved to be an instant hit for the team.
Sachin Tendulkar (MI, 2010)
Sachin Tendulkar was the first Indian player to win the Orange Cap in 2010 for Mumbai Indians. The Cricket legend scored 618 runs in 15 matches.
Matthew Hayden (CSK, 2009)
This legendary Australian opening batsman won the Orange Cap in 2009 for Chennai Super Kings. Matthew Hayden scored 572 runs in 12 matches.
Shaun Marsh (KXIP, 2008)
Kings XI Punjab's Shaun Marsh won the Orange Cap in the inaugural edition of IPL. He scored 616 runs in 11 matches. KXIP had reached the semis of the tournament.