Orange Cap and Purple Cap are two of the most prestigious awards in the Indian Premier League. Unlike the IPL trophy, the Orange Cap and Purple Cap are individual awards. Players from all teams have an equal chance of winning the prizes.
Many fans would know that the Orange Cap is awarded to the batsman who scores the most runs in an IPL season. Meanwhile, the bowler who scalps the most wickets takes the Purple Cap award home. Over the last 13 years, many great players have won awards. However, in this article today, we will look at the IPL teams that never won these two individual prizes.
Which team has never won the Orange Cap in IPL?
Considering all franchises that have been a part of the Indian Premier League in the last 13 years, batsmen from the Deccan Chargers, the Rising Pune Supergiant, the Gujarat Lions, the Pune Warriors India and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala could not win the Orange Cap award.
But when speak of the active IPL franchises only, there are two teams that have never won the Orange Cap – the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals. This year, Shikhar Dhawan from the Delhi Capitals is the leading run-scorer. It will be interesting to see if he can end the drought of the franchise.
Which team has never won the Purple Cap in IPL?
Shifting our focus to the Purple Cap now, the defunct teams that could never win the Purple Cap were the Rising Pune Supergiant, the Gujarat Lions, the Pune Warriors India and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Some big names like Ashish Nehra, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Alphonso Thomas and others played for the aforementioned franchises. Among these teams, Kumar and Andrew Tye were two players who won the Purple Cap after joining another franchise in the competition.
Among the active teams in the Indian Premier League, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders have never won the Purple Cap. Currently, Harshal Patel is the leading wicket-taker in IPL 2021. So, there is a chance he can RCB’s Purple Cap drought.