The Indian Premier League (IPL) has completed a successful journey of 16 years as a platform for players across the globe to showcase their talent. The T20 format is hell for the bowlers as the batters show no mercy to hit them all around the park. IPL is where one can witness the pinnacle of class and mass batting and many players have done it in the past.
The batters with the most runs at the end of the tournament win the Orange Cap award. Former Australia cricketer Shaun Marsh was the first player to win this award, while India's Shubman Gill was the last to claim it in the 2023 season. Notably, legendary batters Chris Gayle and David Warner managed to lay their hands on the cap multiple times in their IPL career.
However, some great players have surprisingly not won the Orange Cap award despite delivering incredible performances in the tournament. In this article, we take a look at the top 5 IPL players who have never won Orange Cap.
#5. Rohit Sharma
Having won five titles for Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma is one of the most successful captains in the history of the league. The 'Hitman' has showcased his six-hitting prowess in many seasons and has accumulated over 6000 runs in 243 matches. It is quite surprising to see the veteran opener in this list of batters who have never won the Orange Cap.
#4. Shikhar Dhawan
It is quite unbelievable that Shikhar Dhwan did not win the Orange Cap despite being the second-highest run scorer in the history of the league. The senior India cricketer has amassed 6616 runs in his 217 IPL matches for various franchises. Dhawan has also two centuries to his name. One of the consistent performers in the tournament is yet to win the award.
#3. AB de Villiers
The South African batting maestro AB de Villiers is regarded as one of the most destructive batters in the world. During his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore, the former Proteas captain has single-handedly won several matches with some outrageous shots. Known for his 360-degree striking, de Villiers has scored over 5000 runs in his 184 IPL matches, including 3 centuries and 40 half-centuries. But shockingly, the right-hander has never won the Orange Cap.
#2. Gautam Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) legend Gautam Gambhir is one of the most consistent openers in the history of IPL. Besides his captaincy, Gambhir's batting prowess was also crucial in leading KKR to two titles in the 2012 and 2014 seasons. Taking on the anchoring role in the majority of his 154 IPL matches, the southpaw has scored over 4000 runs. Despite being the leading force in KKR's batting unit, Gambhir never won the Orange Cap and never registered a single century in his IPL journey.
#1. Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has earned himself the tag of 'Mr. IPL' with his consistent performances for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) over the years. He has been the backbone of the CSK batting unit and single-handedly pulled off many wins for them. He can anchor the innings and switch to aggressive batting when the situation calls for it. However, the Orange Cap remained an elusive accolade throughout Raina's IPL career.