Most runs in IPL 2023 | Who will win the Orange Cap?

Who has hit the most runs in IPL 2023?

Let's face it, big sixes and batsmen that score runs is what the IPL is all about. Every year, there are some batsmen that stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack, consistently delivering big score after big score.

That's what the Aramco Orange Cap is for.

Every season, the batsman with the most runs to his name is awarded the Orange Cap. Think: The Yellow Shirt in Tour de France, just adapted for cricket. So the big question is, who will win the Orange Cap in IPL 2023? And who's leading right now?

We break down all of the main contenders for the IPL Orange Cap 2023, and take a look at past winners of this award too.

Orange Cap in IPL 2023
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What is the Orange Cap in the IPL?

Orange Cap is a prestigious batting award that is given to the top run scorer of any IPL season. It won't be an exaggeration to say that every batter in international cricket has a dream to get his hands on the elusive trophy. From Virat Kohli to Chris Gayle, David Warner to KL Rahul, several celebrated batters of world cricket have bagged the Orange Cap in their IPL careers.  

Not only is the Orange Cap an award given out at the end of every IPL season, it's also a running tally that changes hands throughout the season, according to which batter is in the lead.

IPL 2023 Orange Cap list

After the conclusion of the 35th match, the following batters have managed to get into the list of top run-getters of the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League: 

Batter Team Runs Matches
Faf du Plessis RCB 631 12
Shubman Gill GT 576 13
Yashasvi Jaiswal RR 575 13
Devon Conway CSK 498 13
Suryakumar Yadav MI 486 13

This IPL 2023 Orange Cap list shows the fierce contest that's going on for the IPL Orange Cap. 

1. Faf du Plessis – #1 Orange Cap contender

The RCB Captain, Faf du Plessis, is truly leading his team from the front.

He's emerged as the top run scorer after 64 matches of the tournament. The opener has scored a whopping 631 runs in just 12 matches, at an impressive strike rate of 154.27. His most notable knock was an innings of 84. 

2. Shubman Gill

There's a reason why GT are sitting right at the top of the IPL ladder, and it's because they have batsmen like Shubman Gill.

Gill entered the IPL 2023 having had some red-hot form for his national team. After a tentative start, the big hitter has now found his way into some runs, and has recently rocketed his way up the rankings to sit at No.2 in the Orange Cap list in IPL 2023. At 576 runs, Gill is just one big performance away from claiming the Orange Cap in IPL 2023 – something he's more than capable of, considering he smashed 101 recently.

Gujarat are already guaranteed a further two post season games at a minimum courtesy of their top two finish in the IPL ladder. This increases Gill's chances of claiming the No.1 spot, as batsmen from the likes of RCB, RR and MI are not certain of this luxury.

3. Yashasvi Jaiswal

Rajasthan Royal's opener Yashasvi Jaiswal is having a strong IPL season, poised in the No.3 spot in the Orange Cap race courtesy of a few recent performances.

The batsman has been crushing the ball at a strike rate of 166.18, and recently scored only the third century of this season IPL, making an impressive 124. All he needs is for his bowlers to defend the totals he helps set, and RR will be a threat this season.

4. Devon Conway

It's been a while since a Kiwi batter performed in the IPL, but Devon Conway is thriving down at CSK.

The big-hitting opener has struck 498 from his 13 innings, and while he's slightly off the pace to win the Orange Cap in IPL 2023, there's always a chance Conway can catch up with a big knock. In over a third of his innings this season, Conway has scored half centuries, including one innings of 92 not out.

5. Suryakumar Yadav

Big hitting Indian international Suryakumar Yadav is making a late surge into the Orange Cap race, off the back of some breathtaking innings.

Recently, Yadav amassed 103* to score his maiden IPL century – a long awaited feat, considering he's already struck three at the international level. In fact, this is shaping up to be Yadav's best IPL; the top order batsman has been a menace in T20Is, but has only passed the 500 run mark once in the IPL, way back in 2018.

Another 36 runs this season would make the 2023 IPL Yadav's best ever season.

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IPL Orange Cap winners list from 2008 to 2020

S.NO Player Runs Season
1. Shaun Marsh (KXIP) 616 2008
2. Matthew Hayden (CSK) 572 2009
3. Sachin Tendulkar (MI) 618 2010
4. Chris Gayle (RCB) 608 2011
5. Chris Gayle (RCB) 733 2012
6. Michael Hussey (CSK) 733 2013
7. Robin Uthappa (KKR) 660 2014
8. David Warner (SRH) 562 2015
9. Virat Kohli (RCB) 973 2016
10. David Warner (SRH) 641 2017
11. Kane Williamson (SRH) 735 2018
12. David Warner (SRH) 692 2019
13. KL Rahul (KXIP) 670 2020

Here, we take a look at Orange Cap winners from IPL 2008 to IPL 2020:

1. IPL 2008 – Shaun Marsh (Punjab Kings)

Shaun Marsh was the first player to win an Orange Cap in IPL

In the inaugural edition of the league, Australian cricketer Shaun Marsh scored the most runs in IPL 2008. Playing for Kings XI Punjab in 2008, Marsh slammed 616 runs to become the first cricketer to win the Orange Cap in the history of the Indian Premier League. Marsh's tally of 616 runs in 11 matches included a swashbuckling century and five fifties to top the run-scoring charts in IPL 2008.

2. IPL 2009 – Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings)

Hayden was the highest run-scorer in IPL 2009

In 2009, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was shifted to South Africa due to the staging of General Elections in India. Matthew Hayden emerged as the highest run-scorer in IPL 2009, scoring 572 runs in 12 matches. Playing for Chennai Super Kings, Hayden led the charge with some mesmerizing batting display at the top of the order for the ‘Men in Yellow'. In 12 games, Hayden scored five 50+ scores at a strike rate nearing 150 in the entire season.

3. IPL 2010 – Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians)

Sachin Tendulkar became the first Indian to win Orange Cap in IPL 2010

Indian Premier League was welcomed back to India in 2010. It was the first season when an Indian scored the most runs in an IPL edition. Sachin Tendulkar, leading his franchise Mumbai Indians in the edition, smashed 618 runs in 15 matches for his team. The Master Blaster helped his team to reach the finals before they bowed out against a dominant CSK outfit. However, it was a great outing for Sachin as he became the first Indian ever to win Orange Cap in an IPL season.

4. IPL 2011 – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Gayle retained Orange Cap in IPL 2012

In IPL 2011, after failing to entertain any bid in the IPL auction, Chris Gayle was included in the RCB squad as a replacement for Dirk Nannes. It turned out to be a dream decision for the Royal Challengers franchise as Gayle proved to be the most impressive player for them in IPL 2011. Riding on his great form, Gayle scored 608 runs in 12 matches batting with an average of 67.55. He smashed two centuries along with three fifties to emerge as the highest run-scorer in 2011. He won the Orange Cap award despite Bangalore failed to cross the final hurdle in the IPL Final 2011.

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5. IPL 2012 – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Gayle retained Orange Cap in IPL 2012

Gayle continued his swashbuckling form even in IPL 2012, he began the season on a high and continued to be a headache for the rest of the teams. He carried on from where he left in IPL 2011. The Southpaw registered the then highest runs for any batsman in an IPL season. In IPL 2012, Gayle topped the scoring charts with a record-breaking 733 runs in 15 matches for RCB. With a personal best of 128*, Gayle smacked seven fifties at a staggering strike rate of 160. It was the first time when an Orange Cap winner scored more than 700 runs in a season.

6. IPL 2013 – Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)

Hussey was a consistent scorer for CSK at the top of the order in IPL 2013

Known as Mr. Cricket, Michael Hussey was at his imperious best in the entire IPL season in 2013. The Southpaw from Australia opened the innings for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2013. He, along with Murali Vijay, were instrumental in providing some brisk partnerships at the top of the order for CSK. Hussey made full use of his top-notch form and bagged the Orange Cap in IPL 2013. He finished with an aggregate of 733 runs in 17 matches that he played for the Dhoni-led franchise. His tally of 733 runs included six half-centuries for his team.

7. IPL 2014 – Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Uthappa's record season steered KKR to their 2nd IPL win in 2014

Under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders relished a successful outing between IPL 2011 and IPL 2014. Robin Uthappa, who blossomed as a player at Kolkata Knight Riders, became only the second Indian batsman in the IPL to claim the elusive Orange Cap in IPL 2014.

Uthappa, batting at the top of the order, added immense value to the KKR setup. He was the chief architect in guiding his team over the line on most occasions in 2014, He ended the season with 660 runs including five fifties. It was a memorable season for KKR as they defeated Kings XI Punjab in the IPL final to lift their second IPL trophy.

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8. IPL 2015 – David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

Warner in IPL 2015

David Warner has been at the heart of success for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past few years. The Australian cricketer has led the team from the front. In IPL 2015, Warner did the bulk of scoring for his team. Opening the innings for the Orange Army, Warner scored 562 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 156.54. Warner smashed 7 half-centuries but failed to take his team any further from the group stages. SRH finished sixth on the points table while Warner bagged the Orange Cap in the eighth edition of the IPL.

9. IPL 2016 – Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Virat Kohli smashed possibly all records to win Orange Cap in IPL 2016

It was a season that was ruled by RCB skipper Virat Kohli from the onset. Kohli, who was going through a purple patch leading into the IPL, made the most of his form to make hey in IPL 2016. Not only did he scored the most runs in 2016, but he also broke a number of records in the IPL history.

Kohli's unreal tally of 973 runs in merely 16 matches saw him take down some of the finest bowling attacks in the season. He registered 4 centuries in a single edition and also went past the highest tally of runs in a single IPL season. He took RCB to the finals before Sunrisers edged out by 8 runs to clinch a high-scoring thriller in Bengaluru. It was fitting that Virat Kohli won the Orange Cap in IPL 2016.

10. IPL 2017 – David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

David Warner won Orange Cap in IPL 2017

After riding his team to their maiden IPL win in 2016, skipper David Warner continued to reign supreme with his ballistic form even in IPL 2017. Warner scored 641 runs in 14 matches for Hyderabad. He once again guided his team to the last four before crashing out against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator clash. The 34-year old racked up 4 fifties and a century to complete yet another successful season for himself. He won the Orange Cap for the second time in the last three years at the IPL.

11. IPL 2018 – Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

Williamson led SRH in the absence of Warner in IPL 2018 (Image Src: The Statesman)

Taking over the captaincy reins from David Warner in IPL 2018, Kane Williamson not only delivered as a leader but also allowed his bat to do all the talking. Leading from the front. Williamson emerged as the highest run-scorer in the tournament of 2018. He finished with 735 runs from 17 matches, scoring them at an SR of 142.44.

He carried his team's batting all the way in the tournament and led them to the final against CSK in IPL 2018. It was a memorable outing for the Orange Army until they were battered by a Shane Watson blinder in the IPL Final 2018. For his breakthrough IPL season, Williamson was awarded the Orange Cap.

12. IPL 2019 – David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

David Warner won the Orange Cap for the third time in IPL history
David Warner won the Orange Cap for the third time in IPL history

After returning from a one-year ban, David Warner never looked out of sorts in such a high-pressure environment in the IPL. Batting at the top, alongside Jonny Bairstow, the two formed the best opening duo in IPL 2019. In 12 matches, Warner scored a record-breaking 692 runs to lead the race for most runs scored in IPL 2019.

It was fitting that he bagged the Orange Cap in IPL 2019 for his unreal batting performance in the entire IPL. In 2019, Warner also crossed the tally for most runs by an overseas player in the IPL history. He also became the first player in history to win a record – three – Orange Cap in the IPL. However, SRH failed to cross the final few hurdles but it was a season to remember for their star opener in IPL 2019.

13. IPL 2020 – KL Rahul (Punjab Kings)

KL Rahul won the Orange Cap in IPL 2020
KL Rahul holds the Orange Cap in IPL 2020

KL Rahul captained Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020. With an added responsibility, Rahul led from the front and scored the majority of runs for Punjab in 2020. Despite a middling season for KXIP, Rahul didn't allow it to affect his personal performances. The opening batsman was at the top of his game as he emerged as the Orange Cap holder at the end of IPL 2020.

With a total tally of 670 runs in just 14 matches, Rahul did the bulk of the scoring for KXIP at the top of the order. His exploits in IPL 2020 included five fifties and a remarkable century scored against RCB. With another 500+ runs scored in 2020, Rahul achieved a remarkable feat of scoring more than 500 runs in three consecutive IPL seasons. Ever since joining KXIP in IPL 2018, Rahul has crossed the 500-run mark in each IPL season.

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