So there we have it. This year’s IPL may not have been the same spectacle we’re all used to seeing but it was still a fabulous tournament, one that reaffirmed itself as the best T20 competition in the world.

Playing in front of no fans was disappointing, but Abu Dhabi and Dubai played host to an enthralling six weeks of competition.

The best cricketers from all over the globe came to take part and delivered some truly fabulous moments.

Whether it was two super overs in a single day, humungous sixes or poles being ripped out of the ground, this year’s IPL was like none other.

Ultimately, it was the Mumbai Indians who won the trophy for a second successive year. They defeated Delhi Capitals in Tuesday’s final and with the curtain now closed on the Indian Premier League for another year, it’s time for us to recall how all of our England heroes got on.

Jofra Archer – Rajasthan Royals

20 wickets and 113 runs in 14 matches

What a tournament this man had. Archer was quite literally on fire and proved exactly why he’s one of the most exciting young players in the world. The speedster was given the MVP award for his form with the Rajasthan Royals where alongside taking 20 wickets, he also hit ten 6s and took one of the best catches we’ve ever seen. With both bat and ball, he was a supreme force.

To make matters even better, he took the wicket of David Warner both times he faced the Aussie opener.

Tom Curran – Rajasthan Royals 

3 wickets and 83 runs in five matches

Curran brother number one unfortunately had an IPL to forget. He started off by playing the opening five games for the Royals but then had to settle for a place on the sidelines. His best bowling figures saw him take 1 for 37, but he did hit 54* against Kolkata Knight Riders. Not bad hitting at all.

Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals

2 wickets and 285 runs in eight matches

The IPL had to wait a long time for Stokes’ arrival after being with family in New Zealand but after starting the tournament inconsistently, he came alive in breathtaking fashion. The all-rounder hit a remarkable 107* from just 60 balls against the eventual winners, Mumbai Indians. One match later he hit 50 against Kings XI to ensure he finished with an average of 40.

Sam Curran – Chennai Super Kings 

13 wickets and 186 runs in 14 matches

Curran had to be in with a good shout of winning the MVP award. He batted right throughout the CSK order and even opened on a few occasions. Whether it was with the ball in hand or with the willow, he lit up the competition. The Surrey youngster scored his second IPL century and picked up some very impressive scalps along the way.

During the course of the competition, Curran claimed the wickets of Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Quinton de Kock, Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali. He was certainly a man for the big moments.

Eoin Morgan – Kolkata Knight Riders

418 runs in 14 matches

Morgan was given the captaincy halfway through the group stages and took it on excellently. Although his side just missed out on the play-offs, he was one of the shining lights from what was a pretty inconsistent KKR batting line-up. The England white-ball skipper finished the tournament with an average of 41 and a strike rate of 138. Morgan only hit one half-century but managed several scores over 30 in what was a very impressive month and a half.

Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad 

345 runs in 11 matches

Bairstow’s tournament was one that ultimately ended in disappointment. He started off in great form for the Sunrisers, scoring 97 from just 55 deliveries against Kings XI early on, but his form tailed off and later down the line,  he was left out of the squad entirely. The wicket keeper’s team reached the play-offs but were unable to qualify for the final.

Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals 

328 runs in 13 matches

Buttler missed the opening match of the competition and struggled for much consistency once he joined up with the Royals squad. He was moved around the batting order, going from opening to playing much lower down. The destructive batsman hit two scores of 70 but mainly found his innings around the 20 or 30 mark. Buttler got going on plenty of occasions but like much of his team’s batting, never fully got going.

Chris Jordan – Kings XI Punjab

29 runs and nine wickets in nine matches

Jordan had a slow start to the tournament and was being carted to all parts of the ground. However, after a period out of the Kings XI squad, he returned to the side and displayed huge skill and guile with the ball in hand. He returned figures of 3-17, 2-25, 1-44 and 1-31 in his final four outings of the tournament. Jordan was also involved in a thrilling super over during the group phase.

Moeen Ali – Royal Challengers Bangalore 

1 wicket and 12 runs in three games

Unfortunately for Moeen, his tournament was one he’d rather put behind him. The spinner was rarely afforded a chance to play and then when he did, struggled considerably. His top score was 11 while his best bowling figures were 1-21. To sum everything up, the spinner was run out for a golden duck off a free hit in his final match. Extraordinary.

Tom Banton – Kolkata Knight Riders

18 runs in two matches

Despite being under the watchful stewardship of Morgan at KKR, Banton found opportunities hard to come by during his first IPL stint. He managed scores of eight and ten in his only two matches. The hard-hitting batsman has secured a deal at Australia’s Big Bash – their very own T20 league – so let’s hope he fares better down under.

 

by Matt Dawson