IPL's Orange Cap Winners: Where are they now?
The Indian Premier League, and broadly T20 cricket is influenced more by individual performances and players singlehandedly carrying their teams more than any other form of cricket. Each year, the IPL awards the Orange Cap and the Purple Cap to the highest run-getter and highest wicket-taker of the season respectively.
It is no coincidence that the teams the winners of the caps play for often end up in the final few teams of the tournament, for the individual brilliance of these players carries them throughout the tournament. Further, the caps themselves have become great honors to win.
Let us look at how the careers of the winners of the Orange Cap progressed after winning it, where they are currently, and what they are doing.
2008 - Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab)
At the time of the first edition of the IPL, Shaun Marsh was yet to make his international debut and his primary recognition came from the fact that his father, Geoff Marsh, was a successful former Australian cricketer and coach. However, a stupendous showing in the IPL gave Marsh's career an impetus and he made his limited-overs debut for Australia later in the year.
However, eleven years down the line, Marsh's standing in the side has only marginally improved. He has been dropped from and recalled to the Test side, for which he turned out first in 2011, more times than one can count. Most recently, he was dropped from the side to play against Sri Lanka after a poor showing in the previous series against India. His future in the test game looks uncertain.
That being said, it seems as if he has finally cemented his spot in the ODI side. During the past year, which has unarguably been on the darkest years for Australian cricket, Marsh established himself as the most consistent batsman in the ODI side and will certainly feature in the World Cup later this year.