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 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.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 8, 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 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.
Most Valuable Player(each IPL):
2008: SHANE WATSON
2009: ADAM GILCHRIST
2010: SACHIN TENDULKAR
2011: CHRIS GAYLE
2012: SUNIL NARINE
2013: SHANE WATSON
2014: GLENN MAXWELL
2015: ANDRE RUSSELL
2016: VIRAT KOHLI
2017: BEN STOKES
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 7, 2020
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 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.
Most ODI Centuries for England with 150+ Strike rate
Jos Buttler – 5
Jonny Bairstow – 3
Moeen Ali – 1
Alex Hales – 1
Eoin Morgan – 1
Happy Birthday Jos Buttler
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) September 8, 2020
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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.
Jonny Bairstow is number three on our list of best English players at IPL 2020.
2. Jofra Archer
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.
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.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 14, 2020
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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.
Jofra Archer is number two on our list of best English players at IPL 2020.
1. Jos Buttler
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.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) September 14, 2020
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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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