With the league stage of IPL 2020 wrapped up, here’s our lowdown on how England’s players in the tournament went.
Jofra Archer – Rajasthan Royals
14 matches, 20 wickets @ 18.25 | 113 runs @ 18.83
Archer had, to put it simply, a magnificent tournament. He carried Rajasthan Royals’ attack as his seam-bowling colleagues struggled, proving particularly destructive in the Powerplay where his accuracy married up perfectly with his eye-catching pace. Of seamers to bowl more than 80 balls in the league stage, no-one had a lower economy rate than Archer (6.55). While there’s been little to shout about in regards to Archer’s batting for England, he showed his power in that department in this tournament, striking at 179 and hitting twice as many sixes as fours.
Eoin Morgan – Kolkata Knight Riders
14 matches, 418 runs @ 41.80
Morgan entered his final game of the league stage with plenty of middling returns to his name but no fifties, a domineering innings still awaiting the England captain. A 35-ball 68 not out was the perfect final flourish in a must-win game for KKR. Having replaced Dinesh Karthik as captain midway through the league stage, Morgan enjoyed his finest IPL campaign as a batsman but proved unable to carry his side to the playoffs.
Sam Curran – Chennai Super Kings
14 matches, 186 runs @ 23.25 | 13 wickets @ 26.46
In a miserable campaign for Chennai Super Kings, Sam Curran stood out for his vibrancy with both bat and ball, sticking firmly to the slogan that has epitomised his international career so far: He Makes Things Happen. In a crushing 10-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians, the nadir of CSK’s season, Curran still managed to earn respect with a fighting 47-ball 52, and a game later he accounted for Messrs Finch, Kohli and Moeen in a match-winning performance. A very solid campaign for England’s golden boy.
Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals
13 matches, 328 runs @ 32.80
England’s star white-ball performer never really took centre-stage in the tournament but did have his moments, striking a couple of half-centuries to go with a few blitzed twenty-odds. He was demoted down to the middle order in the latter stages, and it was at No.5 where he delivered his best innings of the tournament, a match-winning 48-ball 70 not out against CSK after walking in at 28-3.
Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad
11 matches, 345 runs @ 31.36
Bairstow’s Sunrisers Hyderabad have reached the playoffs, but he hasn’t featured in the successful run-in, with Wriddhiman Saha sparkling up top alongside David Warner instead. After the peak of a 55-ball 97 against Kings XI Punjab, Bairstow’s returns began to dry up as the Sunrisers lost four out of five. Following Kane Williamson’s return to the side, Jason Holder has the other overseas spot (Warner & Rashid being non-negotiables), leaving Bairstow on the sidelines as SRH have won three on the bounce.
Chris Jordan – Kings XI Punjab
9 matches, 9 wickets @ 33.77
While Kings XI failed to make the playoffs, Jordan and his side both enjoyed an incredible turnaround. In his first three matches, Jordan went wicketless and at 12 an over, mirroring the misfortunes of his team, who had one win from their first seven matches. Cue five wins on the bounce, with Jordan’s form finally picking up. A haul of 3-17 against Sunrisers Hyderabad was his finest day out, with the opposition crumbling from 100-3 to 114 all out.
Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals
8 matches, 285 runs @ 40.71 | 2 wickets @ 77
After his late entry into the tournament, Stokes took some time to find his feet at the top of the Rajasthan order. An unbeaten 107 against Mumbai Indians from his sixth innings signalled his return to form, with a 26-ball 50 following a few days later against Kings XI Punjab. His bowling was less fruitful, his only two wickets coming in that victory over Kings XI.
Tom Curran – Rajasthan Royals
5 matches, 3 wickets @ 69.33 | 83 runs @ 83
Following the arrival of Ben Stokes, there was no room for Tom Curran in the Royals’ line-up. In his five appearances he struggled when bowling at the death and a half-century with the bat was the highlight of his campaign.
Moeen Ali – Royal Challengers Bangalore
2 matches, 12 runs @ 6 | 1 wicket @ 38
While RCB have reached the playoffs, Moeen Ali has very much been on the fringes finding little joy. His two appearances in the league stage were in crushing defeats to Delhi Capitals and CSK.
Tom Banton – Kolkata Knight Riders
2 matches, 18 runs @ 9
Banton’s first experience in the IPL was one spent primarily on the sidelines and he was unable to take advantage of the two opportunities granted to him. A 12-ball 8 on debut was in an 82-run loss to RCB while he arrived at the crease with KKR 3-3 in his second go, offering up an eight-ball 10.