It is a dream for every bowler participating in the Indian Premier League to achieve a Purple Cap. Based on accurate predictions and recent performances, certain talented bowlers- including domestic and overseas players hold the maximum chances to achieve a purple cap in IPL 2024.
Similar to the Orange Cap, a purple cap is awarded to a bowler with the most wickets in an IPL season.
After the conclusion of the tournament, the purple cap is presented to the bowler with the most wickets. Meanwhile, the purple cap changes regularly with players after every IPL match, depending upon the maximum number of wickets taken.
Likewise, to the orange cap, bowlers are allowed to wear the purple cap on the field during an IPL match.
In some cases, there is a tie between both the bowlers taking an equal number of wickets. To decide the purple cap winner, bowlers with a better economy rate claim their reward.
Bowlers are honored with the biggest reward to encourage their consistency and wicket-taking abilities.
In the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, Sohail Tanvir– a Pakistani bowler, became the first international cricketer to gain a purple cap.
Subsequently, in the next edition of IPL, RP Singh became the first Indian bowler to become the purple cap winner.
Similarly, the 17th edition would witness the same tradition as most of the bowlers will be eying on the Purple Cap in IPL 2024. It enhances the chances of sealing their spot in the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.
Here is the list of the top 5 bowlers having the maximum chances to become the winner of the purple cap in IPL 2024 and these predictions are based on their performance in the previous editions of IPL and World Cup 2023:
Being a consistent pace bowler, Jasprit Bumrah has become the heart and soul of the Mumbai Indians bowling unit.
His ability to deliver yorker balls at the crucial moment sets him as a core bowler.
Many cricket experts often appreciated Bumrah for his perfect line and length, which can break important partnerships. This makes him a prime competitor for the Purple Cap in IPL 2024.
He wasn’t able to participate in IPL 2023 after facing a severe back injury. Later, Bumrah made a comeback into the Indian cricket team and delivered his exceptional performance in the crucial matches like:
- Asia Cup 2023
- World Cup 2023
- India Tour of South Africa 2nd test 2024
India’s veteran pace bowler Mohammed Shami was the winner of Purple Cap in the IPL 2023 playing for Gujarat Titans.
In the previous season, Shami took 28 wickets in 17 matches. He maintains his best bowling figures of 4-11 in an IPL innings. Furthermore, he held the best economy rate of 8.03 with an average of 18.
Despite missing the first four matches, Mohammed Shami became the highest wicket-taker of the ICC World Cup 2023.
Also, he became the first Indian bowler to achieve a 7-wicket haul in World Cups. Additionally, he became the leading Indian wicket-taker in the ODI World Cup, thereby surpassing Zaheer Khan’s lifetime record.
Moreover, Shami became the fastest bowler to take a 50th wicket in the entire cricket World Cup history.
Based on Shami’s performance in IPL 2023 and World Cup 2023, he becomes one of the main contenders to win the purple cap in IPL 2024.
A considerable range of multiple variations and complimenting cricketing intelligence are mandatory for any leg spinner, which makes Yuzvendra Chahal a core bowler for Rajasthan Royals.
Chahal took 21 wickets in 14 matches of the previous IPL season. He maintains his best bowling figures of 4-17 in IPL with an economy rate of 8.17.
As a result, he secured the 4th position among other players in the purple cap list of IPL 2023.
Notably, he was the purple cap winner in TATA IPL 2022 by achieving a record of 27 wickets in 17 matches representing Rajasthan Royals.
His variation of pace and spin allows him to adjust according to different match situations with a strategic mindset. Consequently, his ability to grab wickets on a batting-friendly pitch makes him a key competitor for the Purple Cap in IPL 2024.
Ranking at the 9th position in the list of IPL 2023 purple cap holders, Mohammed Siraj proved that he is the essence of RCB’s bowling unit.
He grabbed 19 wickets in 14 matches of the previous season, thereby maintaining an economy rate of 7.50 and an average of 19. It includes his best bowling figures of 21-4 in an IPL innings.
Post the IPL 2023, Siraj has proven his best abilities by achieving a 6-wicket haul in the crucial matches. Indeed, it was his best bowling figures in the particular cricket format:
- Asia Cup 2023 Finals: 6-21 in 7 overs (includes a maiden over)
- India Tour Of South Africa 2nd test 2024: 15-6 in 9 overs ( includes 3 maiden overs)
Siraj’s career-best bowling figures in ODIs and Tests bolster his chances of becoming the winner of the purple cap in IPL 2024.
Gujarat Titans have gained the most challenging and trusted weapon in the form of Afghanistan’s all-rounder Rashid Khan.
His ability to grab wickets on any surface makes him a suitable candidate to win the purple cap in IPL 2024.
Also, he was the 3rd highest leading wicket-taker in IPL 2023. He maintains his best bowling figures of 4-30 in the entire IPL tournament. Rashid took 27 wickets in 17 innings of the IPL 2023 season.
Finally, all cricket fans are eager to watch if Rashid Khan recovers from his lower back surgery and participates in IPL 2024.