IPL 2017 – The English Influence
This week’s IPL auction has seen a record number of England internationals snapped up by the 8 franchises. Every franchise now features an England International. The greatest percentage of England players ever to appear at the IPL. And it’s interesting to reflect that the relaxing of the ECB’s attitude to England-contracted players featuring in the IPL appears to coincide with an upturn in the fortunes of England at ODI and T20 cricket.
Reflecting on that, we have done a little analysis of England Internationals featuring over the last 4 IPL seasons. The numbers back up our suspicions! In 2014, a recently disgraced (in the minds of the ECB at least) Kevin Pietersen was the sole English representative, playing for Delhi Daredevils. In 2015, Pietersen was acquired by Sunrisers Hydrabad along with Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara. In the end, Pietersen was “unavailable” to play. Alex Hales also featured, at Mumbai Indians.
By 2016, England players were starting to become more attractive with 5 players snapped up by teams at the auction. All of them featured in matches. Chris Jordan went on to play in the final, coming out on the losing side ultimately, despite a reasonable performance with the ball personally.
IPL 2017 – English Players Arrive in Force
Fast forward to 2017 and suddenly 11.4% (8) of all overseas players are England Internationals, with every team including a representative. Iconic England all-rounder, Ben Stokes, attracted the highest ever bid for an overseas player at £1.7m. Bowler Tymal Mills, restricted to playing the 20-over format due to his back problems, becomes the most expensive bowler to feature. With all the hype about Ben Stokes, it is interesting to note he follows in the footsteps of Kevin Pietersen at Rising Pune Supergiants. Pietersen featured in only 4 matches, scoring 73 runs at an average of 36.5. For England’s sake, we hope Ben Stokes has more of an impact! England’s chances of success at the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy will be greatly enhanced by an in-form Stokes and the IPL experience will certainly benefit his game.
What impact the England players overall will have remains to be seen. England duty could yet limit their appearances. But it is certainly a reflection of England’s increasing standing in ODI and T20 international cricket that their players have been in such demand. It bodes well for the ICC championship later this year!
Here is the full list of England players featuring in IPL 2017…
|Delhi Daredevils||Sam Billings|
|Gujarat Lions||Jason Roy|
|Kings XI Punjab||Eoin Morgan|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Chris Woakes|
|Mumbai Indians||Jos Buttler|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||Ben Stokes|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Tymal Mills|
|Sunrisers Hydrabad||Chris Jordan|
Here is the infographic in full…. (Or you can download the pdf version.)