first_imgVirat Kohli might have just lost it for his team. Yeah, you read that right! The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has been delivering for his team game after game and in the process has smashed quite a few batting records. (RCB’s road to the final ) With four centuries this Indian Premier League season, he has amassed 919 runs from 15 matches and is the proud holder of the Orange Cap. But that’s the catch. Only once in eight seasons of the league has an Orange Cap holder gone on to lay hands on the trophy. ORANGE CAP JINX Shaun Marsh was the first victim. The Kings XI Punjab opener lit up the opening season with 618 runs and guided his team to second on the table at the end of the league stages. However,  the Yuvraj Singh-led team crashed out of the tournament failing to go past Chennai Super Kings in the semi-finals of the tournament. SACHIN TENDULKAR WAS NOT SPARED The trend continued for five more seasons with big names like Matthew Hayden, Chris Gayle and Michael Hussey on the receiving end. The Orange Cap jinx didn’t even spare Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The then Mumbai Indians player who scored 618 runs from the 2010 season failed to lead his team to title. Tendulkar hit 45-ball 48 in chase of 169 against Chennai Super Kings in the final only to see his team falling short of the target by 22 runs and finishing second best. ROBIN UTHAPPA LUCKY SURVIVOR However, in the seventh season of the Indian Premier League, Robin Uthappa broke the jinx to become the only Orange Cap winner who led his team to title. With 660 runs from 16 matches, Uthappa had continuously performed at the top for the Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR clinched the title despite their leading run-scorer failing in the final against Kings XI Punjab in a massive chase of 200. (Virat Kohli expects intense battle in final ) In 2015, it was David Warner who had the chance to build on Uthappa’s record and erase the Orange Cap jinx. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad finished sixth on the table despite Warner scoring 562 runs in the tournament. CAN KOHLI ERASE THE JINX? Looking at the trend, Warner would be happy as his team has the chance of playing against Royal Challengers Bangalare on Sunday. However, the odds are heavily favouring the in-form Kohli and his team this team as they are playing the final at home in front of a crowd that is expected to go berserk with their ‘Aar-Ccee-Bbee’ chants. Kohli has one more battle to win this season. Whether or not he can emulate Uthappa remains to be seen. Kohli, though, wouldn’t like a sight of opposition celebrating on the final night.advertisementlast_img

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