Sam Ferris is a Sydney-based journalist for cricket.com.au. He started in 2011 as a Big Bash League correspondent and continues to monitor the domestic scene and national sides closely.
1. David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Innings: 7 | Runs: 386 | Average: 77.20 | SR: 168.55 | HS: 92 | 50s: 5
Warner has put the disappointment of his World T20 behind him with a dominant tournament to date opening the batting for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. In five of his seven innings the destructive left-hander has gone past fifty, which is incredible consistency given the unpredictable and risky nature of T20 cricket. Warner is the only captain in the history of the IPL to score five or more half-centuries in consecutive seasons. And he has also hit a season-high 17 sixes.
2. Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Innings: 7 | Runs: 433 | Average: 72.16 | SR: 137.02 | HS: 100no | 100s: 1 | 50s: 4
Is there any stopping Kohli in T20 cricket? After finishing the World T20 as its leading run-scorer, Kohli has continued to banish bowling attacks to hold the same title in the IPL. Predominantly opening the innings, Kohli has been savage against the new ball, failing only once, when he scored 14 against Warner's Hyderabad. Having racked up 42 T20 half-centuries, Kohli also finally got the monkey off the back with his maiden hundred against table-topping Gujarat Lions.
3. Rohit Sharma – Mumbai Indians
Innings: 9 | Runs: 383 | Average: 63.83 | SR: 137.27 | HS: 85no | 50s: 5
Rohit has done his best work opening, but he's in at No.3 in our team. In what must have felt like deja vu, Mumbai got off to poor start this season just like they did last year, but Rohit's mountain of runs has lifted his side into second place on the competition table. The key is getting him early; when Rohit has gone past seven he is averaging a jaw-dropping 182.
4. AB de Villiers – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Innings: 7| Runs: 320 | Average: 45.71 | SR: 163.26 | HS: 83 | 50s: 3
One half of RCB's dynamic duo, De Villiers has been immense. Individually his numbers are fantastic, but it's been his combination with Kohli which has set the tournament alight. The pair has teamed up for three century partnerships, including the two highest – 157 and 155 - of the tournament. Kohli has repeatedly called him the batsman of the generation, high praise from perhaps his closest rival for the mantle.
5. Gautam Gambhir – Kolkata Knight Riders
Innings: 8| Runs: 339 | Average: 56.50 | SR: 123.72 | HS: 90* | 50s: 3
Another opener in the XI, Gambhir has lead from the front for KKR in 2016. The 34-year-old is as consistent as ever, contributing in all but two innings for his side. His standout knock came against the Sunrisers in Hyderabad, racing to 90 from 60 balls to inflict a crushing eight-wicket win. While Gambhir often plays the anchor role, he has shown he can still muscle the ball to the boundary when need be.
6. Quinton de Kock (wk) – Delhi Daredevils
Innings: 6 | Runs: 199 | Average: 39.80 | SR: 160.48 | HS: 108 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 1
De Kock's top-order onslaughts are a big reason why Delhi have been the sleeper hit of 2016. The South African was imperious in posting the tournament's highest individual innings of 108 against RCB in Bangalore, a 51-ball knock consisting of 15 fours and three sixes that was the driving force behind the successful pursuit of 192. As a gloveman he's been tidy, but it's his exploits with the bat that has won him selection.
7. Chris Morris – Delhi Daredevils
Innings: 3 | Runs: 93 | Average: 46.50 | SR: 216.27 | HS: 82no | 50s: 1
Wickets: 5 | Average: 30 | Economy: 6.52 | SR: 27.60 | BB: 2-35
With a price tag of $1.4 million, there was a bit of pressure on the Proteas allrounder and six matches in, he's living up to price tag. Morris is up there with the most frugal bowlers in the competition, conceding just 6.52 runs per over. Despite finishing on the losing side, the lanky South African produced perhaps the innings of the tournament against Gujarat, cracking eight sixes and four fours in 82no, rescuing Delhi from a desperate situation to the point where they were favourites to win. But the task was too great, even for Morris, but you won't see cleaner striking all year.
8. Mohit Sharma – Kings XI Punjab
Innings: 7 | Wickets: 10 | Average: 17.60 | Economy: 7.70 | SR: 13.70 | BB: 3-23
In a team that's rooted to the bottom of the IPL ladder, Mohit has been a shining light. His nagging right-armers that shape away from the right-handed batsman have been fruitful and frugal. Against Pune, Mohit didn't see any action until after the PowerPlay and was terrific at the death, striking out heavyweights Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni. Up front or at the back end, Mohit has been a standout so far in IPL 9.
9. Mitchell McClenaghan – Mumbai Indians
Innings: 9 | Wickets: 13 | Average: 21.15| Economy: 7.97 | SR: 15.92 | BB: 4-21
The competition's leading wicket-taker, McClenaghan has been the spearhead of the Mumbai attack. When you keep the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee out of the national T20 side you must be doing something right, and the left-armer has shown why with a baker's dozen so far this season. In the last-ball thriller in Rajkot, the Black Caps paceman delivered a sensational penultimate over, snaring two wickets while conceding only two runs to keep Mumbai in the contest.
10. Mustafizur Rahman – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Innings: 7 | Wickets: 8 | Average: 21.25 | Economy: 6.53 | SR: 19.50 | BB: 2-9
Mustafizur was the find of the World T20 and he is now a full-on superstar in the IPL. The left-armer has all the tricks; the cutters, the yorkers, the slower balls and a bouncer. He's a handful to say the least. Known as the 'Fizz', he has more trouble communicating with captain Warner than he does unsettling some of the world's top batsman. His 2-9 against Punjab featured only one run in his first 15 balls and did not concede a single boundary. Pretty impressive for a 20-year-old.
11. Amit Mishra – Delhi Daredevils
Innings: 6 | Wickets: 8 | Average: 16.87 | Economy: 7.10 | SR: 14.25 | BB: 4-11
The wily 33-year-old is still turning a web as the leading spinner in the competition. Mishra's leg-breaks have bamboozled the best in the business and while he hasn't taken a wicket in every outing, only once has he gone for more than 27 runs in a match. Mishra's 4-11 tore the heart out of Punjab's batting line-up, capturing the wickets of Vohra, Marsh, Miller and Maxwell.