Mumbai:Taking a cue from other famous events like the Tour de France, the DLF Indian Premier League announced the introduction of the Orange Cap which would be worn by the batsman with the most cumulative runs to his name on each day of the event.
The holder of the Orange Cap at the end of the Twenty20 extravaganza will be honoured with the Winner of Orange Cap 2008 on the day of grand finale in Mumbai on June 1, the IPL said in a release.
The leader of the multi-stage gruelling cycle race Tour de France wears the yellow jacket at the start of each new stage to help identify the overall leader easily.
New Zealander Brendon McCullum, playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders team, is currently holder of the Orange Cap as the highest cumulative run scorer in the Twenty20 League following his world record 158 not out scored against the Bangalore Royal Challengers at the inaugural game on April 18.
The Kiwi stumper is closely followed by Australian Michael Hussey, of the Chennai Super Kings, while the latter's compatriot Mathew Hayden, also playing for Chennai, and Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag are tied at number three.
Swashbuckling Indian Test opener Sehwag catapulted to third position by smashing 94 not out against Hyderabad's Deccan Chargers, while Hayden scored a blistering 81 off 46 balls against the Mumbai Indians.