English players in IPL 2021: How have the stars fared so far?

Jos Buttler is perhaps the most high-profile English player at the 2021 IPL.

Rating the England contingent’s IPL to date

In this article we will explore how each of the 14 English players have performed so far in this year’s IPL. A record-number had been picked for this season and some have done really well, while others not so well. Strangely, a number have also not featured much or at all this season.

The recent outbreak of Covid-19 among the KKR camp has temporarily affected the tournament but we hope that everything will be fine again so that we can watch the English stars on show soon!

Moeen Ali

The star of the Indian Premier League so far. Moeen Ali has helped transform the fortunes of Chennai Super Kings. They currently sit pretty at the top of the order, despite a last-ball defeat to the Mumbai Indians yesterday. He has scored rapidly in the middle-overs and taken key wickets with the ball for CSK. Edges out Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow to be crowned the best from English players in the IPL so far.

Our rating: 9/10

Sam Curran

Superb so far for the Chennai Super Kings when called upon. Whether that be swinging the new ball at the start of the innings, picking up wickets at the death or smashing the ball out of the park, Sam Curran has done it all well. His dismissal of Andre Russell helped CSK edge KKR in a high-scoring thriller.

Our rating: 8/10

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Eoin Morgan of England hits out during the 1st Vitality International Twenty20 match between England and Australia at The Ageas Bowl on September 04, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Eoin Morgan

A very poor tournament for someone of his quality. Eoin Morgan had his best tournament last season but has failed to replicate similar feats this season. His poor form has contributed to KKR’s struggles and they currently languish towards the bottom of the table.

Our rating: 2/10

Jos Buttler

A century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad has been his best performance by far to date. It helped the Rajasthan Royals score 220 and comfortably win the game. His team is currently mid-table and they will need Buttler to continue performing to such levels if they are to make the playoffs.

Our rating: 7/10

 

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Tom Curran

A forgettable IPL so far and he has been dropped for it. His overall economy rate is far too high for a bowler and needs to improve, if he has any chance of being picked in England’s World T20I squad come the tournament.

Our rating: 1/10

Chris Woakes

Hasn’t featured in the last few games, but Chris Woakes played very well for the Delhi Capitals at the start of the tournament. He swung the new ball and scored handy runs with the bat. He has helped his chances of being in the squad at the World T20 for England, with his excellent stint.

Our rating: 6/10

LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Chris Woakes of England celebrates the wicket of Hassan Ali of Pakistan with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow of England during the 5th One Day International between England and Pakistan at Headingley on May 19, 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Chris Jordan

A mixed season so far. Jordan smashed a few lusty blows with the bat against the Kolkata Knight Riders but his bowling has struggled at times. He will need to improve his death bowling in order to make sure that he continues starting for England in their T20 XI and in the World Cup.

Our rating: 4/10

Jonny Bairstow

A bright spark for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, in what has been a poor season for the “Men in Orange.” He was the man of the match in the franchise’s only win this season so far, against the Punjab Kings. He played a sensible knock that game but in general Bairstow has been incredibly destructive at the top of the order.

Our rating: 8/10

 

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Dawid Malan

Amazing that the number one batsman in the world in T20I cricket, has only played one game for the Punjab Kings. Nicholas Pooran, his counterpart, has been struggling immensely and it wouldn’t be surprising if Dawid Malan gets a string of games in his place.

Our rating: 4/10

Sam Billings

Unfortunately for Billings, he hasn’t featured yet, despite being fit. He represents the Delhi Capitals, who have a strong squad and it will be difficult for him to find a place in the side. Billings is one of the English players in the IPL who doesn’t play many games a season for strange reasons.

Our rating: N/A

Ben Stokes

A finger injury ruled him out of the IPL at the start of the tournament. He still remains with the squad but will not take any further part and could also miss the Tests vs New Zealand at the start of the summer.

Our rating: N/A

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) IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jofra Archer

Was recently ruled out of the tournament. Initially couldn’t take part due to a hand surgery but it is likely that the ECB are safeguarding him due to a big summer and winter coming up, with the tour of India, World T20 and Ashes series Down Under all upcoming.

Our rating: N/A

Liam Livingstone

Livingstone hasn’t played a game yet in the IPL and he won’t play either. Due to bubble fatigue, he withdrew from the tournament a few days back. South Africa’s pace ace Gerald Coetzee has been named as his replacement for the Rajasthan Royals.

Our rating: N/A

Jason Roy

Hasn’t played a game yet in the tournament but with David Warner being “dropped” due to team combinations and his rate of scoring, Roy may receive a chance at some point soon. For SRH, he could form a formidable duo along with his England opening partner Jonny Bairstow.

Our rating: N/A

We hope you enjoyed our article on how the English players have performed in IPL 2021 so far.

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