A quick wrap-up of how our Aussie stars went on domestic cricket’s biggest stage.
Pat Cummins – Wins, losses and performances aside, it was great to see the paper mache man Pat Cummins string some games together. And he played a majority of the tournament, 12 games in total.
He took the most wickets for the struggling Delhi outfit, taking 15 at an economy of 8.07.
His impact with the bat was unfortunately not as profound as in the BBL, scoring just 77 runs from nine innings. His strike was great however, just a tick above 145.
Aaron Finch – The Victorian opener had a decent season for the Lions, although his innings came in the more unfamiliar middle-order.
His two half centuries were absolute blitzes: 72 off 34 in a romp against the Royal Challengers and 69 off 39 on a flat track in Kanpur. His 299 runs for the tournament came at a crazy good strike rate of 166.
Andrew Tye – Just three months after a BBL hat-trick against the Brisbane Heat, AJ took an IPL hat-trick on debut against the Pune Supergiants.
His figures in that match, 5-17, were and are the best by a debutant from any of the ten IPL seasons. Although he only played six matches, his 12 wickets were the most of any Lion, and his economy of 6.71 was the best of any of the front-line bowlers too.
James Faulkner – A very frustrating two months for the Australian all-rounder, who found it hard to have any impact in conditions he’s previously dominated.
Jimmy’s eight matches saw him amass just 54 runs and just six wickets. His economy was a poor 9.79 and IPL 10 will be one that Faulkner will be keen to forget.
Glenn Maxwell – Maxi’s first tournament at the helm proved to be a belter personally for the exciting all-rounder. He and Dave Warner shared the title for most sixes (26 each), and Maxwell put together 310 runs at a strike rate of 173. Strewth.
That’s a 28-ball 50, on average. He utilised his offies well too, taking seven wickets and going at the miserly economy of 6.57. The Kings went from easy-beats to finals contenders on his watch. A big win.
Marcus Stoinis – The Stoincat just couldn’t get going in IPL 10 like he had done at times in the previous tournament. Three innings, 17 runs. Two wickets, economy of over ten. Moving on…
Shaun Marsh – There were moments when SMarsh threatened to return to his IPL 2008 form, like his 84 off 50 in a huge chase against the Sunrisers.
The number three position in the order suited him well and 264 runs from eight innings, while being juggled around Hashim Amla, David Miller, Eoin Morgan and Martin Guptill was a good return.
Chris Lynn – It was a funny old tournament for Chris Lynn. He started like a house on fire with 93* off 41 balls in a bizarre ten-wicket victory over the Lions. Then his shoulder issues returned, and reports were that his IPL was over.
A month later, and he returned and his form was just as crisp. The other innings that stands out was the 84 off 52 against the Kings in a losing cause. His tournament strike rate was a breath-taking 180.98 (295 runs).
Mitchell Johnson – In comparison to MJ, Lynn’s tournament doesn’t look so strange. Johnson played just three regular season matches; two at the front end and then the Mumbai Indians’ final fixture.
He was then selected ahead of Tim Southee for the qualifying final, where his 2-28 helped crush the Knight Riders. Then, trusted with the final over in the final, Johnson successfully defended 12 runs and took the wicket of Pune and Aussie skipper Steve Smith.
Quite a turnaround from the quick who looked liked he’d been tossed onto the scrapheap midway through the tournament.
Steve Smith – Smudge would have to happy to take his team to the final, and he’d have to happy with his own form too.
His 472 runs placed him fourth on the overall table and his 84 off 54 balls in Pune’s opening match was one of the best finishing innings you’ll see.
Dan Christian – With talented bursting at the seams in this Pune side, they had to change something to improve on last year’s failure. Dan Christian was one of the changes, and he gets a pass mark.
Sure, only 79 runs (SR 161), but Pune had five batsmen score more than 300 runs, so he was hardly required.
Adam Zampa – Zamps couldn’t get the same continuity as he had in his first season with Pune, managing only six games.
He faced stiff competition for spots with Imran Tahir, but did play in the final when Tahir left for national duties. He took 2-32 in the final and seven wickets at an economy of 8.21 for the tournament,
Travis Head – Head got some opportunities with injuries to Kohli and de Villiers throughout the IPL, but he would’ve been disappointed to play only seven games.
His best knock was a recovery-mission 75* off 47 against Kolkata, and he finished with 151 runs at a strike rate of 140.
Shane Watson – Watto’s days as an IPL dominator might finally be over, with a modest return from everyone’s favourite decision reviewer. It was a modest return for Watto, who scored just 71 runs from seven innings, and took just five wickets.
Billy Stanlake – Big Billy got two games in his maiden IPL: an outstanding 2-29 on debut against Delhi and then an expensive 0-41 against Punjab. However, he mightn’t have expected to play at all, so it was a great learning curve for the young Queenslander.
David Warner – Last year’s championship-winning skipper was at it again, proving how dominant he can be in sub-continental conditions in shorter-form cricket.
He topped he batting aggregates with 641 runs (SR 142) and made a sparkling century, the only by and Australian, against Kolkata. Warner also made four half-centuries and tied with Glenn Maxwell for the most sixes in the IPL (26).
Moises Henriques – Over the past two seasons, Moey has proven himself to become one of the Sunrisers’ and ultimately Warner’s most important players.
Able to bat anywhere from number three downwards, Henriques almost always contributes with the bat and compiled 277 runs (with five not outs) at a strike rate of 136. His bowling, which has basically fallen off a cliff, was ineffective, taking just the one wicket from 24 overs at an economy of over ten.
Ben Cutting – Cutting got just four games in IPL 10 and his performances didn’t merit him any more than that, to be honest. His 51 runs came at a predictably rapid strike rate of 196, but he claimed just one wicket and conceded 123 runs at an economy rate of 9.7.