Without the need for a doubt, the Indian Premier League is the most well-known franchise cricket league in the world. Besides the massive amounts of cash involved in the IPL, the league has generated plenty of best players. In this article, we’ll look at five of the finest England players produced by the IPL.
Bairstow made his IPL debut for SRH in 2019. In his debut season, he hit 445 runs with a 55.62 batting average. Bairstow appeared in 11 IPL 2020 matches, accumulating 345 runs with a strike rate of 31.36. He appeared in seven matches in 2021, scoring 248 runs at a rate of 41.33.
Bairstow scored 445 runs for SRH in 10 matches this season, an astounding average of 55.62. In that season, he had a stunning strike rate of 157.24. At the top of the order, England’s top batsman made multiple historical partnerships with Australia’s David Warner.
Even during England’s current Test series against New Zealand, wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow, who coordinated England’s five-wicket triumph at Trent Bridge, has stated that his IPL 2022 spell with Punjab Kings assisted him prepare for Test cricket. The right-handed batsman hammered a T20-style 136 off 92 deliveries to help his side to an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.
Buttler, 31, was the highest run scorer in the IPL 2022 season, amassing 863 runs for Rajasthan Royals. The England cricketer hit four centuries as well as an equal amount of half-centuries at a strike rate of 149. He’s even extended that performance into the three-match series against the Netherlands, where he smashed a 232-run tonne on June 17.
Ben Stokes, a New Zealand-born England player, was at his top form for nearly two years, putting in multiple match-winning efforts for his country at the highest level. He joined Rising Pune Supergiant for a huge price of INR 14.5 crore, and he came into the IPL as a player with a tremendous reputation. After moving on from Pune, Stokes joined his England mates Buttler and Archer in Rajasthan Royals, and has performed quite enough to be regarded one of England’s top players in IPL history. Stokes has 635 runs at an average of 22.67 and a strike rate of 132.01 in 34 matches, while also taking 26 wickets at an economy rate of 8.25.
During his playing days, Kevin Pietersen was one of the top limited-overs cricketers in the world. In 2009, he made his IPL debut with RCB, who did make him one of the highest-paid players in the league. After that, he went to the Deccan Chargers and then the Delhi Daredevils without ever playing a match. Considering his international experience, he was even named captain of the Daredevils, and he played a couple match-winning innings for the team from the national capital. Pietersen, a solid off-spinner and a fantastic fielder, does have a lot to give on the field at any point of the game and was one of the IPL’s stars during his time there.
Ali spent three seasons with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before being released prior to the 2021 mega auction. The middle-order batsman only appeared in three matches for RCB past season and failed to contribute anything notable. He went on to secure his place in the playing XI after joining MS Dhoni’s CSK in 2021.
Ali was one of the standout players who helped Chennai Super Kings win their fourth IPL title in 2021. Last year, the southpaw scored 357 runs and took six wickets in 15 games. Ali scored 244 runs and took 8 wickets in ten matches in the just concluded IPL 2022.