With the IPL having reached the halfway mark in the group stages, here’s how the England players on display have performed so far.
Jofra Archer – Rajasthan Royals
7 matches, 9 wickets @ 21.22, ER: 6.82 | 88 runs @ 29.33, SR: 220
Archer has been the standout Englishman in the tournament so far, impressing with both bat and ball, his strike rate phenomenal, his pace scintillating. The only time he didn’t fire with the ball was in the miracle of Sharjah, where his four overs went for 46. And still, he was on hand for the finishing touches in a successful chase of 224, smashing 13 off three balls as Rajasthan Royals pulled off their heist over Kings XI Punjab.
Eoin Morgan – Kolkata Knight Riders
7 matches, 254 runs @ 35, SR: 129.62
The England limited-overs captain has delivered a couple of handy cameos in wins for KKR, although his most explosive effort, an 18-ball 44, came in defeat against Delhi Capitals. Interestingly, he has looked more assured coming in later on in the innings, with his best returns coming at No.5 and 6. In his three most recent innings he has batted at 4, returning just 39 runs at a strike rate below 100.
Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad
7 matches, 257 runs @ 36.71, SR: 133.16 | 6 catches
Bairstow has shown that his displays in the 2019 IPL were no one-off, finding runs once more in orange, with David Warner as his opening partner. A 55-ball 97 against Kings XI Punjab is the standout knock so far, six sixes spanked (not at Sharjah) in a crushing 69-run win.
Sam Curran – Chennai Super Kings
7 matches, 8 wickets @ 28.75, ER: 8.84 | 68 runs @ 17, SR: 219.35
The young buck in a group of elder statesmen, England’s babyfaced assassin has not put up an outstanding return with bat or ball, but instead just shown a few smatterings of brilliance, his strike rate with the willow rather indicative of that – Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson are the only teammates of his to have hit more sixes in the tournament so far.
Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals
6 matches, 146 runs @ 24.33, SR: 146 | 3 catches
Buttler has yet to really light up the tournament, but he threatened to do something very, very special in a chase of 194 against Mumbai Indians last week, responsible for more than half his side’s eventual total, with five sixes and four fours included in a 44-ball 70.
Tom Curran – Rajasthan Royals
5 matches, 83 runs @ 83, SR: 133.87, 3 wickets @ 69.33, ER: 11.44
In the absence of Ben Stokes, the elder Curran was handed an overseas slot in the Rajasthan Royals line-up for the first five games of the season, taking on his usual role at the death. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, he was tucked into, going at over 11 an over with just the three wickets to fall back on. On a brighter note, he’s fared better with the bat, even striking an unbeaten half-century against KKR to offer some respectability to his side’s total in a crushing defeat.
Chris Jordan – Kings XI Punjab
3 matches, 0 wickets, ER: 12.27
England’s second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is has had a nightmarish time in a Kings XI side currently bottom of the table, going wicketless in the three matches he has played.
Tom Banton – Kolkata Knight Riders
1 match, 8 runs, SR: 66.66
Banton made his IPL debut on Monday against RCB but was unable to get going at the top of the order, scraping to 8 before Navdeep Saini rearranged his stumps.
Moeen Ali – Royal Challengers Bangalore
1 match, 1 wicket @ 31, ER: 10.50 | 11 runs @ 11, SR: 84.61
The off-spinning all-rounder’s solitary appearance so far came in a crushing defeat to Delhi Capitals. While Moeen removed the dangerous Shreyas Iyer, he was expensive and could only offer a 13-ball 11 in a difficult chase.
Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals
1 match, 5 runs @ 5, SR: 83.33 | 0 wickets, ER: 7
There’s not much to write about just yet, with Stokes having only played just the one game for Rajasthan Royals since arriving from New Zealand. He bowled just one over and hit a 6-ball 5 at the top of the order in a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, but you’d imagine he’s just getting back into rhythm after two months without a competitive game of cricket.