Here’s a look at how England’s white-ball stars fared in the group stage of this year’s IPL.
Jonny Bairstow – Punjab Kings
11 matches, 253 runs @ 23.00, SR: 144.57
It wasn’t till late on in the tournament that Bairstow finally found his groove, thriving when promoted to the top of the order to hit back-to-back half-centuries against Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. But he couldn’t fire Punjab Kings into the play-offs, and an average of 23 was his lowest in an IPL season.
Liam Livingstone – Punjab Kings
14 matches, 437 runs @ 36.42, SR: 182.08; 6 wickets @ 33.66, ER: 8.78
Liam Livingstone enhanced his reputation as a destructive middle-order operator with a stellar season. Currently the sixth-highest scoring batter of the tournament, no one has hit more runs at a higher strike rate. The right-hander demonstrated his power on a regular basis, and caught the eye with a stunning 117-metre six off the bowling of Mohammed Shami. His bowling continues to be a useful weapon; he took his tournament-best of 3-27 against Delhi Capitals last week, including the wicket of David Warner with the first ball of the match.
Moeen Ali – Chennai Super Kings
10 matches, 244 runs @ 24.40, SR: 137.85; 8 wickets at 19.75, ER: 6.62
A key part of the Chennai Super Kings side that triumphed in last year’s IPL, Moeen’s best with the bat wasn’t seen till his final knock of the campaign; a 57-ball 93 against Rajasthan Royals included 13 fours and three sixes, and he followed up the knock with a tidy spell of 1-21 with four overs. He failed to find consistency otherwise, highlighted by five single-figure scores, but found success with the ball.
Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals
14 matches, 629 runs @ 48.38, SR: 146.96
England’s player of the tournament is undoubtedly Jos Buttler. Discarded from the Test squad, Buttler has continued to excel in the shortest form and is the leading run-scorer in the tournament. He’s shown his appetite for big scores too, smashing three centuries this season. He quietened a bit at the end of the group stage, finishing with 11 runs in his last three innings.
Sam Billings – Kolkata Knight Riders
Eight matches, 169 runs @ 24.14, SR: 122.46
Eight matches played made this Sam Billings’ second busiest IPL season, but despite some useful middle-order contributions he was unable to produce a statement knock. He couldn’t stop Kolkata Knight Riders from crashing out at the group stage.
Chris Jordan – Chennai Super Kings
4 matches, 2 wickets @ 67.50, ER: 10.51
After moving from Punjab to Chennai, Jordan struggled in his few appearances, going wicketless in three of his four matches. He returned figures of 0-58 in a final-over loss to Gujarat Titans in April and wasn’t called upon again.
David Willey – Royal Challengers Bangalore
4 matches, 18 runs @ 9.00, SR: 60; 1 wicket @ 72.00, ER: 6.54
Willey played just four matches in the league stage, and while he kept a lid on the scoring, he wasn’t able to make much of an impression in the wicket-taking column. He played his final group-stage match on April 9 but his tournament isn’t over; RCB have made it to the play-offs.
Tymal Mills – Mumbai Indians
5 matches, 6 wickets @ 31.67, ER: 11.18
Playing in the IPL for the first time since 2017, Mills played in five matches for Mumbai Indians but proved expensive with the ball as the five-time champions endured a miserable campaign, eventually finishing at the bottom of the table. An ankle injury cut his tournament short.