A number of players may have departed India due to bubble fatigue and the rise in illness around the country but the IPL is still proving to be the spectacle we all know and love.
Fans are unable to attend but the swashbuckling action on the field has been as strong as ever with super overs coming into play and tight finishes making this competition one of the highest pressured around.
This is perhaps one of the most vital seasons yet. After all, with the World T20 due to be hosted in India towards the end of the year, it gives overseas players a chance to fine-tune their sub-continent skills ahead of staking their claim for their country.
For England, that’s no different, even if we are missing some of our finest white-ball players through injury.
It has still been a stellar experience for those out there, but who stands out above the rest in week 3?
Jos Buttler – 130 runs @ 21.66
England’s most destructive white-ball hitter has had a mixed IPL this year, smashing a couple of 40s but also striking a number of single-figure scores.
When he’s got going, Buttler has been a joy to watch. He proved as much during week three of the competition where he struck 41 from just 32 balls for the Rajasthan Royals during their defeat to the Mumbai Indians.
Coming in at the top of the order, the wicket-keeper batsman hammered three fiercely struck maximums during that innings.
Eoin Morgan – 92 @ 15.33
By the skipper’s very high standards, this hasn’t been the best tournament. Morgan has managed double figures in just three of his seven innings to date so far; that includes two ducks as well.
However, he has picked up one Man of the Match award which came during the Kolkata Knight Riders’ win over the Punjab Kings.
Morgan was the star of the show as he led KKRs successful chase of 124 runs. The England white-ball skipper was measured but also vicious as he scored 47* from 40 deliveries, in a match-winning knock that included four 4s and two maximums.
Chris Jordan – 30 runs @ 30
Jordan has had to wait patiently for some action during this year’s Indian Premier League but he made a thrilling impact for the Punjab Kings in their defeat to KKR.
Coming in at number eight, the bowling all-rounder struck 30 runs from 18 balls at a fierce strike rate of 166. That innings saw a crushing three 6s as he whacked the KKR bowlers to all parts of Ahmedabad.
The seamer didn’t take a wicket during the chase but he bowled eight dot balls throughout his three overs, picking up figures of 0/24.
How did the rest do?
One of the best performers at this season’s IPL has been Jonny Bairstow. He has been in a rich vein of form for Sunrisers Hyderabad and has totted up 218 runs at an average of 43.
He was in decent form during week three of the competition, scoring 38 from only 18 deliveries in a pulsating innings against the Delhi Capitals.
Moeen Ali missed one game through injury but returned for the Chennai Super Kings against the Sunrisers, scoring 15 runs and finishing with figures of 0/16. He has been a stand-out player this campaign, hitting 148 runs at a strike rate of 155.
Sam Curran continued to take wickets, picking up two for CSK in the last week of competition.
Chris Woakes and Tom Curran (DC) didn’t play this week while Sam Billings (DC), Dawid Malan (PK), and Jason Roy (SRH) are yet to play a game. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes (RR) will both play no further part through injury while Liam Livingstone (also RR) has returned home due to bubble fatigue.