‘Purple Cap’ is awarded to the player who finishes with most wickets in a single Indian Premier League (IPL) season. During its course, the player with the most number of wickets will wear the cap on the field. At the end of the season, it will be presented to the player the with most number of wickets in that particular season.
Let us look at the top four leading wicket takers in the recently concluded eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (2018).
Umesh played a crucial role in leading RCB’s bowling department at times, especially when he wreaked havoc in both their games against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), picking up 3/23 in both the games.
In the first game between Kings XI and the Royal Challengers, Umesh picked up the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Mayank Agarwal and Yuvraj Singh in the same over. This is the highlight of his bowling in the IPL 2018 season. He got a total of 20 wickets in the 14 matches he played.
Kaul is one of those players who helped the Sun Risers take the top position in the points table at the end of the league stage. He has picked up 21 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 26.04. Though he impressed everyone with his wicket-taking ability, at times he leaked runs too. His economy rate of 8.28 in this season is not the one he will boast about.
This 19-year old sensation has even impressed his opposition on the field with his brilliant all-round display. He ended this season with 21 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 21.80. His economy rate of 6.73 is the best for any bowler in this season who played at least 8 matches.
Rashid’s performance in the second qualifier against the Kolkata Knight Riders is his best performance in this season. Unbeaten on 34* runs off just 10 deliveries, affected a run-out, picked up three important wickets and held on to two catches under pressure in the final over of the second qualifier.
1.Andrew Tye (KXIP):
Despite not making it to the play-offs, KXIP’s Andrew Tye managed to remain as the highest wicket taker in the tournament. He ended the season with 24 wickets in 14 matches at an average of just 18.66. However, his economy rate (8 runs per over) is slightly higher.
In the space of 4 matches, Andrew Tye has picked up three 4-wkt hauls (4/34 against Rajasthan Royals, 4/41 against Kolkata Knight Riders and 4/16 against Mumbai Indians). Being the highest wicket taker in the eleventh edition of IPL, he is presented with the ‘Purple Cap’.
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