Mixed bag for England
Buttler has been outstanding in IPL while the likes of Billings have disappointed this season
This year’s IPL has seen the maximum representation from England in the tournament’s 11-year history. As many as 13 players from England are currently in action in BCCI’s mega-rich T20 competition.
Despite the likes of Test skipper Joe Root going unsold in the auctions, England are well-represented this year. With England’s Test series against Pakistan set to get under way on May 24, plenty of English names will be departing Indian shores soon.
Here, we rate the performance of the 13 Englishmen in the IPL this year. Rating out of 10.
Sam Billings Chennai Super Kings Rating –
Sam Billings’ IPL 2018 started with a bang with his match-winning knock of 56 from just 23 deliveries against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Since then, it has all gone downhill for the 26-year-old batsman with only one double-digit score (27) in the six subsequent innings for the Super Kings. Despite his failings, the right-hander is still finding a spot in the playing XI which speaks volumes about the lack of batting alternatives for the franchise.
Mark Wood Chennai Super Kings Rating –
Mark Wood got his first taste of the IPL this year after being picked up by the Super Kings. Unfortunately, it has been one to forget for the England pacer who played just one game before being dropped.
His lone outing came in the side’s win over Kolkata Knight Riders. Wood started off brilliantly, conceding only 11 runs in his opening two overs before being taken to the cleaners by Kolkata’s batsmen. The pacer ultimately ended with figures of 0-49 from his four overs and that meant the end of his days in the playing XI. The Englishman ultimately returned home to Durham after Lungi Ngidi came back into the side.
David Willey Chennai Super Kings Rating –
David Willey was brought in as late replacement by Chennai Super Kings after they lost Mitchell Santner and Kedar Jadhav to injury. The 29-year-old all-rounder has since played three games for the franchise although he is yet to put in any notable performances.
He too started off well with figures of 1-24 from his four overs in his side’s win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. That has been followed by expensive spells of 0-24 (off two overs) and 1-47. Though he hasn’t been called into action with the bat, his bowling has been decent at best.
Jason Roy Delhi Daredevils Rating –
Like Billings, Jason Roy’s IPL got off to a dream start as the England opener led Delhi Daredevils to a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians. Roy slammed an unbeaten 91 off 53 balls to help his side chase down the target of 195. However, just like Billings, Roy has since gone off the boil with a combined score of 29 runs in four subsequent innings.
Liam Plunkett Delhi Daredevils Rating –
The England pacer initially went unsold in the auction but was brought as a late replacement by the franchise for the injured Kagiso Rabada. Plunkett too, started the IPL with a bang with excellent figures of 3-17 in his side’s four-run loss to Kings XI Punjab.
The pacer has been up and down since then with three expensive outings thrown in among two economical spells. He has added just the one wicket to his three-wicket haul in the first match.
Tom Curran Kolkata Knight Riders Rating –
It has been a season where both of Kolkata’s overseas pacers in Mitchell Johnson and Tom Curran have failed to fire. The Englishman has, at least, been among the wickets despite having an economy-rate of 11.6 from six outings.
Curran has managed to pick up six wickets in the five matches with his best performance coming in the side’s win over Rajasthan Royals where he ended up with figures of 2-19 from his two overs. He hasn’t completed his four-over spell in any match which is a testament to his below average showing.
Jofra Archer Rajasthan Royals Rating –
The all-rounder is from the Caribbean but plays his cricket in England even though he hasn’t qualified for England as yet. Archer has lived up to his billing as one of the hottest prospects in T20 cricket. With some serious pace to burn, Archer has taken the art of bowling yorkers to a whole new level with some lethal toe-crushers.
Mixed with his cleverly disguised slower balls, Archer’s bowling has been a nightmare for many teams. The 23-year-old has picked up 13 wickets in eight outings at an economy of 8.23 including a best of 3-22 against the Mumbai Indians. The all-rounder has been disappointing with the bat though with only 15 runs at an average of under four runs an over.
Jos Buttler Rajasthan Royals Rating –
Jos Buttler has without doubt been the best England player this year in the IPL. He started off slowly but ever since he was promoted to open the batting, Buttler has been unstoppable. The 27-year-old equalled Virender Sehwag’s IPL record of five-consecutive fifties and has single-handedly carried the Royals’ batting this year. His tally of 548 runs in 13 innings at an average of 54.80 and a strike-rate of over 155 saw the right-hander earn an England Test recall for the first-time since December, 2016.
Ben Stokes Rajasthan Royals Rating –
Ben Stokes came into the IPL this year as the most expensive overseas purchase but his performances have been anything near the level expected from the star all-rounder.
While he has been decent at best with the ball (eight wickets from 13 matches at an economy-rate of 8.19), Stokes has been pretty ordinary with the bat.
The Englishman has managed to score just 196 runs in 13 innings at a dismal average of 16.33 with two knocks of 40 odd being his only decent returns.
Chris Woakes Royal Challengers Bangalore Rating –
The England all-rounder started his IPL campaign in impressive fashion with figures of 3-36 and 2-36 in his first two outings. That was followed by two expensive performances (2-47 and 0-40) which saw Woakes being moved out of the Royal Challengers playing XI. His eight wickets in five matches have come at an economy-rate of 10.36 while he has hardly been called into action with the bat.
Moeen Ali Royal Challengers Bangalore Rating –
Moeen Ali has had to warm the bench for his side’s first nine fixtures this season. The all-rounder has now enjoyed a run of three consecutive appearances for the Royal Challengers in which the side has gone on to win on two occasions.
He has been miserly with his off-spin which has fetched him two wickets in three games at an economy-rate of 6.21. It is his batting which has been a major let-down so far with only 11 runs in two innings.
Alex Hales Sunrisers Hyderabad Rating –
It was only in the second-half of this year’s IPL that Alex Hales was given a role in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s playing XI. He started off with two explosive knocks of 45 runs each against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils but his performances have tapered off since.
Hales has only managed to score 21 runs in three subsequent innings for the franchise.
Chris Jordan Sunrisers Hyderabad Rating – NA
Chris Jordan’s IPL this year has been one to forget too but only for reasons beyond his control. The 29-year-old featured in only one match for the franchise where he finished with respectable figures of 0-31 from his four overs.
Since then, Jordan has not got a single look-in due to the riches at Hyderabad’s disposal and has been warming the bench.
Man of the moment: Jos Buttler’s brilliant IPL form has resulted in an England Test recall.