At the end of every season of Indian Premier League, the bowler who takes maximum wickets during the tournament is awarded the coveted purple cap. The importance of bowlers cannot be written off as they provide an equal amount of adrenaline rush as batsmen in every game of cricket. It has been observed over the years in every IPL season that teams who possess better bowling attacks have been more successful in the T20 format.
Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir took the most wickets in the inaugural 2008 season of the Indian Premier League and became the first Purple Cap Winner in IPL. He picked up 22 wickets in the tournament and his brilliant spell enabled Rajasthan Royals to clinch the first title that year.
In the 2009 edition of IPL, RP Singh of Deccan Chargers won the purple cap with 23 wickets in 16 matches. Deccan Chargers defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.
Ojha won the Purple Cap in the 2010 season of IPL as he was the highest wicket-taker with 21 wickets in 16 matches. While playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he bowled at an economy of 7.29 and an average of 16.8.
Malinga was the winner of Purple Cap in the 2011 edition of IPL. He took 28 wickets in 16 matches in the season while playing for Mumbai Indians franchise.
The South African cricketer won the Purple Cap in IPL 2012 for being the highest wicket taker. Morkel took 25 wickets in 16 matches while playing for Delhi Daredevils.
Bravo won the Purple Cap while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the 2013 edition of Indian Premier League. He was the top wicket-taker of the season with 32 wickets in 18 matches.
The highest wicket-taker in IPL 2014 was Mohit Sharma and he won the Purple Cap for his scintillating bowling. Mohit Sharma took 23 wickets in 16 matches while playing for Chennai Super Kings.
DJ Bravo won the purple cap for the second time in IPL 2015 when he took 26 wickets in 17 matches while playing for Chennai Super Kings.
Kumar won the Purple Cap for being the highest wicket-taker in two consecutive seasons of IPL in 2016 and 2017. He took 23 wickets in 17 matches in 2016 while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, and 26 wickets in 14 matches in the 2017 edition of IPL.
Tye won the Purple Cap in IPL 2018 while playing for Kings XI Punjab. He was the highest wicket-taker with 24 wickets in 14 matches.
South African spinner Imran Tahir won the Purple Cap in IPL 2019 while playing for Chennai Super Kings. He took 26 wickets in 17 matches during that season.
Rabada was the proud winner of the Purple Cap in IPL 2020. His stupendous bowling performance earned him 30 wickets in 17 matches in the tournament.