3 Orange Cap winners who once went unsold in IPL Auction

3 Orange Cap winners who once went unsold in IPL Auction

The Australian players have won 6 Orange Cap titles while the Indian players have won this award thrice.

Chris Gayle
Kings XI Punjab’s Chris Gayle. (Photo Source: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

There is a huge question mark over the start date of IPL 2020 because of the Coronavirus outbreak but the sports ministry of India will give an update about the same on 15th April. Over the years, IPL has produced several match winners. To award the top achievers, BCCI introduced a new concept of Orange Cap and Purple Cap in 2008.

The batsman with the most runs in an IPL season wins the Orange Cap while the bowler with the most wickets wins the Purple Cap. The foreign players have ruled the batting department so far in the IPL history as in nine seasons, a foreign player has taken the award home. The Australian players have won 6 Orange Cap titles while the Indian players have won this award thrice. Surprisingly, there have been instances where the Orange Cap winners went unsold in IPL Auction.

Here are the 3 Orange Cap winners who once found no bidders in the auction:

1. Shaun Marsh

Shaun Marsh
Shaun Marsh of Kings XI Punjab. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The first Orange Cap winner in IPL history, Shaun Marsh was one of the most consistent batsmen in the tournament. He played for only one franchise in his entire IPL career, Kings XI Punjab. The left-handed batsman featured in 71 matches for the Mohali-based franchise, aggregating 2,477 runs at a fantastic average of 39.95.

Marsh was an uncapped player when he made his IPL debut and the fact that he won the Orange Cap that year shows that he possessed an incredible amount of talent. Unlike many foreign players, Marsh did not struggle in the Indian conditions.

Yet, he finds himself out of the IPL now. He played his IPL match against Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 and has not returned to the league ever since. The 36-year-old has gone unsold in the last three auctions.