With the IPL now at the halfway stage, a number of England’s biggest stars will soon be returning home to begin their World Cup preparations. Seven Englishmen have played a significant part in the tournament so far, with some making their mark more than others. Here, we rank the England players in terms of how they’ve performed.
Wow. What a debut season. Despite batting with England Cricket's "Public Enemy No. 1", he’s made pretty much every bowling attack he’s come up against look ineffective. These runs should do him the world of good and serve as a great confidence-booster ahead of England’s huge summer. If he can continue to bat like this (he and Roy often adopt a T20 approach, anyway), then England’s chances of World Cup glory will immediately increase.
Tournament highlight: Incredible 114 vs RCB
Fetched a pretty penny at the auction, and he’s justifying that fee, too. Used as a bit-part player in many ways without a consistent role, he’s snatched every opportunity presented to him. That he hasn’t found consistency in terms of his place in the side makes his stats even more impressive. He’s had to adapt, big time, and has impressed with bat and ball along the way.
Tournament highlight: Stunning hat-trick vs Delhi Capitals
Hasn’t quite reached the heights of the 2018 IPL, but he’s still having a good tournament. His side, Rajasthan Royals, have struggled all tournament but that’s not been down to Buttler. He looked set to kick on from where he left off last year and likely would have done, too, had it not been for one of cricket’s less sporting episodes from a certain Indian off-spinner. Since that moment, he’s been unable to convert a few promising starts.
Tournament highlight: A rudely-interrupted 69 vs KXIP
Like Buttler, Archer has not had quite the impact he did last year, but he's still been impressive. His raw pace continues to unsettle batsmen, with only Kagiso Rabada really rivalling him in that respect. He’s notched 54 dot balls and his economy remains at a more-than-respectable 7.21. Presumably, Archer will be able to play the full tournament unless he’s called up by England for the Ireland or Pakistan ODIs.
Tournament highlight: 2-17 from 4 vs CSK
Unusually quiet, so far, but hardly a disastrous start. With 36 runs at 38.00 and 4 wickets in 5 games, he’s certainly contributed without having put in any game-changing performances. A few have questioned whether Stokes has become a little more cautious of late, but it’s probably unfair to mention that in line with the all-rounder’s IPL. He’s been batting down the order, and has made a number of handy scores, featuring some classy ramp shots.
Tournament highlight: 46 from 26 vs CSK
The Notts man would potentially be higher on our list, but he’s only played two games. When picked, though, he’s been excellent. His changes of pace have made him very hard to get away, and he’s turning into a real T20 specialist. He could definitely still find his way into the England T20 side, while his chances of a World Cup look slim.
Tournament highlight: 2-25 on debut vs KKR
He’s our lowest-ranked on the list, but that doesn’t quite reflect the tournament he’s having, as it’s not been too bad. That said, with only two wickets and 74 runs in a struggling RCB side, he will have been hoping to make a bigger mark.
Tournament highlight: A cameo of 32 vs Delhi Capitals, which featured 3 sixes
Four other players have also joined up with franchises this spring, and will surely learn from the experience despite their lack of playing time: Joe Denly, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, David Willey (flown home due to personal circumstances).
Irrespective of how well they’ve played thus far, every player involved in the IPL will be hoping to have benefited from the experience. The tournament has come at the perfect time, too, with nothing but white-ball cricket on the agenda until the end of the World Cup. With that in mind, you can still book tickets on our upcoming Ireland tour if you hurry, as the side begins its preparations for the summer. To stay up to date with all things England Cricket, become a member and to gain access to tickets, become a Barmy Army member, and be sure to follow us on social media.