Top 5 Best English Players At IPL 2020

Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer are among the best English Players at IPL 2020.
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Who Are The Best English Players At IPL 2020?

Since Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff encouraged the best English players to play in the IPL, the tournament has been alight with stars from the country. Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan have both had extensive runs with the IPL. Albeit, neither has enjoyed consistent success.

However, this has changed in recent years with the likes of Sam Billings and Sam Curran playing very well for their respective franchises.

As a result, we ask, who are the best English players at IPL 2020?

5. Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali bowling in the intra-group friendly between England's ODI Squad
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Moeen Ali of England bowls during a England One Day Squad Warm Up Match at The Ageas Bowl on July 21, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)

Moeen Ali has not been utilised correctly by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past. His underlying stats in the IPL are very strong but he does not seem to have nailed down a spot. However, this looks like changing in the spin-friendly conditions that the UAE will likely offer.

In 16 matches to date Moeen has scored nearly 300 runs at a batting average of 25 and strike rate of 166. Moeen is a very destructive batsman against spin bowling. This was best illustrated by his mauling of Rashid Khan in 2018 and Kuldeep Yadav in 2019. RCB won both those games. He has also taken 9 wickets, at a bowling average of 30 and economy rate of under 7.

Moeen Ali is the best and only frontline English spinner among players at IPL 2020.

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Moeen Ali will likely play a big role for the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2020 IPL. He offers a superb all-round package. Can he help the franchise to their first IPL title?

Moeen Ali is number five on our list of best English players at IPL 2020.

4. Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes is one of the best English players in the IPL.
Rajasthan Royals batsman Ben Stokes during the practice session ahead the Indian Premier league IPL 2019 match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Jaipur,Rajasthan,India on Thursday, April 04,2019.(Photo By Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Ben Stokes has struggled in the IPL in the last two seasons for the Rajasthan Royals. He scored less than 200 runs in both 2018 and 2019 and picked up under 10 wickets in both seasons. Not the numbers that a franchise would want for their star player.

However, Stokes has shown that he can perform to high levels. In his debut IPL season in 2017, Ben Stokes guided the Rising Pune Supergiants to the IPL final. He scored 316 runs, including a scintillating century versus the Gujarat Lions. Stokes also picked up 12 wickets and had an economy of just over 7. As a result, he won the most valuable player award in 2017.

Ben Stokes is the best all-rounder among English players at IPL 2020.

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Steve Smith and the Rajasthan Royals will be hoping that Stokes can perform highly again in this IPL. His form is critical to the balance of the RR side and he must be at his best to justify his hefty price tag.

Ben Stokes is number four on our list of best English players at IPL 2020.

3. Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow was excellent for the Sunrisers Hyderabad at IPL 2019.
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Jonny Bairstow of England hits runs during a England One Day Squad Warm Up Match at The Ageas Bowl on July 21, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)

Jonny Bairstow has the highest batting average in the history of the IPL. In 10 games, he has scored 445 runs at a batting average of 55.62. His strike rate of 157.24 is also very healthy. In fact, Bairstow has formed a deadly duo at the top of the order with David Warner. The Australian and the Englishman caused chaos opening the batting together in the 2019 IPL.

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Equally impressive versus pace and spin, Jonny Bairstow will be looking to help the Sunrisers Hyderabad to their second IPL triumph in 2020. How he bats at the top of the order is likely to be key to how the franchise is able to structure their side. SRH often has middle-order inconsistency and therefore Bairstow will have to be at full form to help his side excel.

Important for SRH to get momentum early

Jonny Bairstow is number three on our list of best English players at IPL 2020.

2. Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer from England has been superb for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. He could be key in 2020.
Rajasthan Royals bowler Jofra Archer toss a ball during the practice session ahead the Indian Premier league IPL 2019 match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Jaipur,Rajasthan,India on Thursday, April 04,2019.(Photo By Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Jofra Archer only arrived in the IPL midway through the 2018 season, despite being brought at the auction. However, he made an immediate impact for the Rajasthan Royals, propelling them to victory in his first game against the Mumbai Indians. Archer picked up an impressive 3-22 off his four overs.

Fantastic display by Archer, Curran and Woakes

In the 2019 season, he was the only consistent fast bowler in the RR starting eleven. Archer only had support from spinner Shreyas Gopal during the tournament, as the Rajasthan Royals failed to make the playoffs.

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In 21 IPL games, Archer has picked up 26 wickets at a bowling average of 23.69. His economy rate of 7.53 is outstanding, considering he bowls all the tough overs.

Archer’s brilliant three-wicket haul

Jofra Archer is number two on our list of best English players at IPL 2020.

1. Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler is the best English player at IPL 2020.
Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Butler during the practice session ahead the Indian Premier league IPL 2019 match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Jaipur,Rajasthan,India on Thursday, April 04,2019.(Photo By Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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An excellent season opening the batting for the Mumbai Indians in 2017 paved the way for Jos Buttler’s IPL career to kick start. He only scored 272 runs in that 2017 season, but his strike rate was 154. Plus, the flying starts he helped the Mumbai Indians achieve along with Parthiv Patel made him an instant star in India. Together, they helped the Mumbai Indians win the title that year.

Rajasthan Royals purchased Jos Buttler for just 4.4 crores at the 2018 IPL Auction. This was a relatively small price for such an explosive player. He repaid this faith handsomely in the 2018 season. Jos Buttler scored 548 runs in 2018, at an average of 55 and strike rate of 155. 5 half-centuries carried RR to the playoffs and Jos Buttler played a crucial part in it.

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In the 2020 season, Jos Buttler will be hoping to help the Rajasthan Royals go one better and win their first IPL since 2008. His batting and glovework will undoubtedly be a massive part of their campaign.

Jos Buttler is number one on our list of best English players at IPL 2020.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Hey Varun,

    Thanks for sharing list but in my opinion Jonny Bairstow is the best from English players.

    BTW, my favorite team is CSK & I will keep my support with them. Plus Shane watson should also be in your list.

    If you are also supporting CSK, then you can read or watch videos about MS Dhoni plans & IPL career records from MS Dhoni IPL Career & Videos

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