Ruturaj Gaikwad added to his impressive credentials by being the youngest batter to win the Orange Cap, which is awarded to the season’s highest run-getter, in the IPL’s 14-year history. Faf du Plessis finished just two runs behind his CSK counterpart Gaikwad’s score of 635 runs in the race for the Cap. Faf, who hit 86 in the IPL 2021 final against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday, needed three runs off the penultimate delivery of CSK’s innings to win the Orange Cap, but he was caught, giving Gaikwad the nod.

KL Rahul, the skipper of the Punjab Kings, rounds out the top three with 626 runs. Gaikwad only needed 24 runs to pass Rahul at the top, which he comfortably did, and he finished with 635 runs from 16 innings when he holed out after CSK were put in to bat. Throughout the season, he hit a century and four fifties, averaging 45.35 and finished as one of CSK’s top performers.

He is the only hitter in the UAE leg to score a century, a 101-run stand against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi, despite the fact that it was in a losing cause. However, the 24-year-old has sparked hopes for the future, both for CSK and for the Indian national cricket team, for which he received his first call-up earlier this year for the Sri Lanka tour.

He only managed 35 runs in two innings against Sri Lanka in two matches. In domestic cricket, Gaikwad represents Maharashtra. He has 1349 runs in 21 first-class matches, including four centuries and six half-centuries. He has 2681 runs in 59 List A matches, including seven hundreds and 16 fifties.

“I wanted him (Faf) to hit that six and add those six critical runs (for the squad),” Gaikwad remarked when reminded of the neck-and-neck game for the Orange Cap.

Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore earned the Purple Cap for taking the most wickets(32) in the season.