Mixed bag for Eng­land

Buttler has been out­stand­ing in IPL while the likes of Billings have dis­ap­pointed this sea­son

Sport360 - - Ipl 2018 - By Ashish Pe­ter @Sport360 edi­to­rial@sport360.com

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.

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