Like the Orange Cap is awarded to the highest run scorer of an IPL season, the highest wicket-taking bowler gets honored with a purple cap every year. In 2017, Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the purple cap playing for SRH by taking highest 26 wickets. From the same team, David Warner also won an Orange Cap that year.
In 2017, we saw many excellent spells by the bowlers in IPL, especially by the young bowlers. We also saw 3 hat-tricks taken by Samuel Badree, Jaydev Unadkat, and Andrew Tye respectively. Overall, we can say the bowlers prospered in IPL 2017 in a batsman dominated format like T20 cricket.
Many young and experienced players were in the race for the Purple Cap and there was a severe battle among the bowlers as there was only 1-2 wicket difference between the top 10 bowlers.
So let’s look out the top 10 list of the purple cap of IPL 2017.
#10 Pawan Negi (RCB)
Pawan Negi played for RCB in 2017 and proved his worthiness in the team by becoming the highest wicket-taker for his team. Pawan Negi took 16 wickets in just 12 innings in IPL 2017.
He took 16 wickets by conceding just 197 runs with an economy of 6.12. Pawan Negi is an all-rounder but was much more impressive as a bowler. But unfortunately, his efforts didn’t help RCB as they finished last in the points table.
#9 Chris Woakes (KKR)
Chris Woakes, the English bowling all-rounder played the role of a key fast bowler in his team and didn’t down heart his team as he took 17 wickets which included the wickets of many star players.
Woakes conceded a total of 386 runs with an economy of 8.77. Though being very expensive he soaked up the pressure in crucial moments and helped his team win matches.
#8 Umesh Yadav (KKR)
Yadav usually gets his wickets in the powerplay overs. With his capability to swing the bowl, he helped the KKR team to get early breakthroughs. His economy was 8.45, and he also took one 4 wicket haul.
#7 Sandeep Sharma (KXIP)
Sandeep Sharma is an Indian bowler who consistently performs in every IPL season. The young bowler scalped a total of 17 wickets in 13 innings. Sandeep usually swings the ball in both the directions to trap the batsmen with his pace bowling.
Sandeep Sharma took 17 wickets at a strike rate of 16.94 and an economy of 8.29. Sandeep Sharma also a took 4 wicket haul in IPL 2017.
#6 Rashid Khan (SRH)
The youth sensation from Afghanistan took 17 wickets in 14 innings by conceding just 358 runs. Rashid Khan bowled with different variations like googly and leg spin which helped him dominate many star players.
He bowled with an economy rate of 6.62 with an average of 21.05. He showcased his talents and proved that he is a big player in making. He had carried his momentum in the next edition of IPL also as he had taken 21 wickets in IPL 2018.
#5 Imran Tahir (RPS)
After being ignored in the auction in 2016, Imran Tahir was recruited by RPS as a backup spinner in the team. But after receiving a chance, the leg spinner made comeback like a hero with his deadly leg-spin and took 18 wickets in only 12 innings.
The spinner from South Africa was making batsmen helpless with his bowling skills. He played a major role in the team’s success and led his team to the finals. He took 18 wickets with a strike rate of 15.66 and a 7.85 economy rate.
#4 Mitchell McClenaghan (MI)
Mitchell McClenaghan, the fast pacer from New Zealand scalped 19 wickets for Mumbai Indians in 2017. Though he doesn’t have an impressive record at international level, he never fails to shine in IPL.
Despite being too expensive with an economy of 9.38, he managed to get 19 wickets. His bowling skills were effective as he always got the wicket for his team when needed.
#3 Jasprit Bumrah (MI)
Jasprit Bumrah helped Mumbai Indians to win the trophy with his deadly and unorthodox bowling. He took 20 wickets at a strike rate of 18.10 and left his mark in the IPL.
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Jasprit Bumrah became a death overs specialist and conceded very few runs in pressure moments. With his yorker and the slower ball, he controlled the batsmen with his sharp bowling. Without a doubt, he was the most capable and deserving bowler to win the purple cap.
#2 Jaydev Unadkat (RPS)
Jaydev Unadkat improved his bowling skills after joining RPS. Due to his memorable performance in IPL 2017, he got a national call up in quick time. He was the key pacer in RPS team and didn’t fail to impress as he took 24 wickets in 12 innings.
The specialty of his bowling was the off cutter and the slower delivery that he used to bowl and trap the batsmen. With his heroics, RPS reached the finals. He also took a hat-trick in that edition of IPL. He had a bowling strike rate of 11.45 and an economy of 7.02.
#1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH)
Nicknamed Bhuvi, Kumar won the purple cap by collecting 26 wickets in his name in IPL 2017. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is someone who swings the ball beautifully and also bowls unplayable yorkers. Carrying his form from IPL 2016, he won the purple cap for the 2nd consecutive time.
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He had an economy rate of 7.05 and an average of 14.19 in the 14 innings he bowled in. He also earned a five-wicket haul in IPL 2017. But, it didn’t help SRH to win the IPL trophy.