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In IPL, Orange and Purple caps are awarded to the highest run scorer and highest wicket taker.

I have three questions on this topic.

  1. If more than one player has equal stats (highest runs or wickets), what will they do?

  2. Consider the following situation,

    A player in the field is wearing orange cap for most runs, but in the middle of the innings (it may be first or second) a batsman from the batting side overtakes his runs.

    Will he allowed to wear it anymore in that innings?

  3. I didn't see anyone wearing at the time of batting.

    Is it permitted to wear these caps while batting?

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  1. In case of a tie, the Orange cap would be given to the one who has faced lesser balls to achieve this tied score. The Purple cap, in case of a tie at the top, is given to the one who has taken the wickets in the least amount of balls. This can be seen on the official IPL site Purple Cap standings 2013 (the link gets updated at the end of each game. Refer to the screenshot below for the standings as of 14th April where there is a tie) where Vinay Kumar (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Kevon Cooper (Rajasthan Royals) have the same number of wickets but the purple cap is with Cooper as he has bowled 5 overs fewer than Kumar to get those 8 wickets.

    Purple Cap Standings 2013

  2. Yes, the Orange cap owner who is fielding will be allowed to wear the orange cap till the end of the innings even if an opposition batsman has overtaken his runs. At the end of the innings, the batsman who has overtaken the said fielder's score will be presented with the orange cap and he can wear that when he comes out to field, assuming he still is the highest scorer. A scenario where a batsman wins the orange cap in the second innings of the game may not have the orange cap when this team runs out to field the next game.

  3. Wiki says that the orange and purple caps are to worn only during fielding. There is no hard and fast rule about these caps while batting. Anyways, there are very few batsmen who bat with caps these days as they almost always come out with helmets, even to spinners. So, if the orange cap holder comes out to bat with a cap, I would assume it is his prerogative to either come out wearing his team cap or the orange/purple cap.

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If more than one player has equal stats (highest runs or wickets), what will they do?

The player with the better strike-rate wins.

A player in the field is wearing orange cap for most runs, but in the middle of the innings (it may be first or second) a batsmen from the batting side overtakes his runs.

The current highest scorer should have the Orange Cap . In case if it is in the middle of the innings , then one has to wait till the completion of the innings .

Will he allowed to wear it anymore in that innings?
Is it permitted to wear these caps while batting?

Yes , absolutely . The batter has to decide whether he needs a protective headgear or a cap.

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See answers in points as in questions.

  1. If more than one player has equal stats (highest runs or wickets), what will they do?

    A. The player with the better strike rate will get the cap.

  2. Consider the following situation,

    A player in the field is wearing orange cap for most runs, but in the middle of the innings (it may be first or second) a batsman from the batting side overtakes his runs.

    Will he allowed to wear it anymore in that innings?

    A. He will be allowed to wear the cap at the end of the innings and not during it.

  3. I didn't see anyone wearing at the time of batting.

    Is it permitted to wear these caps while batting?

    A. He cannot wear cap while batting. Orange and Purple caps are only for fielding.

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First two answers are same as already answered. But Do you have any reference to support your last answer. (i.e. wearing caps while batting?) –  hims056 Apr 20 '13 at 10:04
    
The Orange Cap will be awarded to the batsman with the most cumulative runs to his name on each day of the season, and will be worn by that batsman in the field. Read more at: thatscricket.com/news/2008/04/25/… –  Torben Rodgers Apr 20 '13 at 12:36
  1. In case of a tie the batsman better strike rate & the bowler with better economic rate will win the orange and purple cap respectively.
  2. Yes,he is allowed till the end of that innings.
  3. Both the caps are allowed to wear at the time of fielding.
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Welcome to Sports.SE, provide some references for your answers, and care should be taken in formatting the answer. –  Sports Fan May 27 '13 at 9:58

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