Bangalore, May 26: What is it with Orange Caps in the Indian Premier League and the holder of that cap not being able to hold the IPL trophy? History shows leading run scorer always fails to be part of the champion side.
IPL: Orange-Purple Caps Standings
Right from the inaugural edition to the present, IPL's Orange Cap winners have not been lucky enough to grab the title as well.
In 2008, it was left-hander Shaun Marsh of Kings XI Punjab who took the honours with 616 runs. But Punjab did not feature in the final and it was Rajasthan Royals that won the crown. So, a leading batsman in the tournament had to return home empty-handed.
In 2009, it was Chennai Super Kings' Australian left-hander Mathew Hayden, who topped the batting charts. He plundered 572 runs when the tournament was played in South Africa. Team Chennai were knocked out of the event in the semi-finals and Deccan Chargers emerged as title winners.
In IPL 3, 2010, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai Indians scored 618 runs. It was for the second time that a batsman had breached the 600-run mark in IPL. He took the Orange Cap but his team disappointed.
Last year, Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore was the highest scorer with 608 runs but RCB came second best against Chennai in the final.
This year, Gayle will walk away with the top honour for the second time in a row. He has 733 runs and the nearest to him is Kolkata Knight Riders' captain Gautam Gambhir with 588 runs. With only one match for the end of IPL 5, it is highly unlikely for Gambhir to overtake Gayle.
Gayle's heroics and his big sixes failed to take RCB even to the play-offs. The tall Jamaican will collect the Orange Cap award but has to wait for another year to lay his hands on the coveted trophy.
Hope we find a Orange Cap winner holding the trophy aloft in IPL 6. Will the curse of the cap end next year or continue?