David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) - 9/10
Matches: 14 | Inns: 14 | Runs: 641 | HS: 126 | Ave: 58.27 | SR: 141.81 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 4
"Unfortunately for him they weren’t quite good enough to make it into that final, but you couldn’t really ask for much more. He was the leading run-scorer, led the side really well again (while) playing with his heart on his sleeve. I’m sure Tom Moody and all the coaching staff at Sunrisers were particularly happy with how Davey’s gone about his cricket again."
Steve Smith (Rising Pune Supergiant) - 7/10
Matches: 15| Inns: 15 | Runs: 472| HS: 84 | Ave: 39.33 | SR: 121.96 | 100s: 0| 50s: 3
"Steve Smith’s had a very consistent tournament. I actually feel a little bit sorry for him with the way that the final unfolded. You had him trying to win the game there at the end … (but) couldn’t get it done. He wanted to be the man, he wanted to be in there at the end, he wanted to get his team across the line. But the numbers don’t lie, he’s had a good tournament.”
Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 9/10
Matches: 7 | Inns: 7 | Runs: 295| HS: 93no | Ave: 49.16 | SR: 180.98| 100s: 0| 50s: 3
"I don’t think you can do much more than that in the limited opportunities that he had. And in a slightly different role as well, opening the batting this time, we haven’t seen him do that in the Big Bash. They’ve turned their whole game plan upside down to try and maximize Lynn’s effectiveness. Once he gets in and starts seeing the ball clearly and striking the ball, I’m not sure there’s many around the world at the moment that can strike the ball as well as he can. Unfortunately, (he) missed a big chunk of the tournament again with injury which he seems to do (a lot)."
Aaron Finch (Gujarat Lions) – 6/10
Matches: 13 | Inns: 13 | Runs: 299 | HS: 72 | Ave: 24.91 | SR: 166.11 | 100s: 0| 50s: 2
"It goes to show the quality of players that play in the IPL (when someone like) Aaron Finch opens the batting for his country and finds himself at 5 or 6 in an IPL team. So it’s a different role for him that he’s had to play but he’s a powerful striker (and) someone that’s been able to adapt quite well to those middle-order roles. It wasn’t the first time this year, he did that quite a bit last year as well when (Brendon) McCullum and Dwayne Smith were opening the batting for the Lions as well. I think that’s well over a pass mark, someone batting in the middle order to get nearly 300 runs."
Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab) – 4/10
Matches: 9 | Inns: 8 | Runs: 264 | HS: 84 | Ave: 33.00 | SR: 136.08 | 100s: 0| 50s: 2
"Wind the clock back two seasons (ago), he was probably one of the most valuable players in the IPL. Hashim Amla comes on board with the Kings, gets the chance to open the batting and has started to play the role that Shaun Marsh has been accustomed to playing the last few years. For someone of Shaun’s experience and class, it’s probably just a little bit under the pass mark.”
Travis Head (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 5/10
Matches: 7 | Inns: 7 | Runs: 151 | HS: 75no | Ave: 30.20 | SR: 139.81 | 100s: 0| 50s: 1
"All sorts of things going on at RCB this year. They find it hard to settle on a consistent line-up, it seems like they’re making changes all the time. I know Travis was disillusioned by all that last year. He got a couple of opportunities, played reasonably well, then a couple of games later he found himself out of the side. They’ve been juggling around Watson and Gayle and de Villiers and trying to find the right role for all those players and Travis has found himself in the middle of all that."
Dan Christian (Rising Pune Supergiant) – 5/10
Matches: 13 | Inns: 9 | Runs: 79 | HS: 17no | Ave: 15.80 | SR: 161.22 | 100s: 0| 50s: 0
Wickets: 11 | Ave: 27.09 | SR: 21.8 | RPO 7.45 | BB: 2-10
"Dan Christian was probably always going to be the replacement player for Ben Stokes when he left. They knew that Stokes wasn’t going to be there at the back-end of the tournament and they needed another world-class allrounder, which I think Christian is. I was a bit surprised when he got picked up this year to have another crack at IPL cricket. A steady contribution. Unfortunately for him, he’ll be the one that feels most gutted about that loss (in the final), not being able to clear the ropes with a couple of balls to go."
Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab) – 7/10
Matches: 14 | Inns: 13 | Runs: 310 | HS: 47 | Ave: 31.00 | SR: 173.18 | 100s: 0| 50s: 0
Wickets: 7 | Ave: 17.85 | SR: 16.2 | RPO 6.57 | BB: 2-15
"Glenn Maxwell has had another steady tournament. I think I said at the halfway mark that I would have liked to have seen him give himself a certain position in the batting order and stick to it, whether it be no 3 or no 4. Because he’s the sort of player that the longer he bats, his team are going to win more games than not. Rapt to see him get the chance to captain the team, they had a pretty good year as well, just missing the playoffs by a single game."
Shane Watson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 3/10
Matches: 8 | Inns: 7 | Runs: 78 | HS: 24 | Ave: 11.83 | SR: 91.02 | 100s: 0| 50s: 0
Wickets: 5 | Ave: 49.00 | SR: 32.2 | RPO 9.13 | BB: 1-16
"It’s probably the one thing I’m most surprised about out of this IPL is Shane Watson’s lack of impact on the entire tournament. I’ve read some quotes from him saying that he’s going to look at his preparation for next time and didn’t feel he had his preparation right going into the IPL this year, and that’s probably shown in his performances. He’s someone that’s always been about being as well prepared as possible and he’s probably got a few regrets in the way he went about things this season. It’s pretty hard to give him anywhere near a pass mark on this season. But he’s a highly talented player who’s thrived in IPL cricket conditions (in the past). He’ll find a way to bounce back from this year.”
Moises Henriques (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – 6/10
Matches: 12| Inns: 11 | Runs: 46.16 | HS: 55no | Ave: 46.16 | SR: 136.45| 100s: 0| 50s: 3
Wickets: 1 | Ave: 248.00 | SR: 144.0 | RPO 10.33 | BB: 1-6
"He missed a few games along the way, was very consistent in the first part of the tournament, chipping in with some vital middle-order runs. Their team balance changed around (a lot), they wanted to go with (Kane) Williamson in that side as well, just to add a bit more stability to that top-order. A consistent, albeit not an outstanding tournament from Moises."
Marcus Stoinis (Kings XI Punjab) – 4/10
Matches: 5| Inns: 3 | Runs: 17 | HS: 9 | Ave: 5.66 | SR: 70.83| 100s: 0| 50s: 0
Wickets: 2 | Ave: 55.00 | SR: 31.5 | RPO 10.47 | BB: 1-28
"Had to return home due to injury. Output-wise, considerably down on what was expected of him probably. He finished last year’s tournament really well, making some crucial runs and taking a lot of crucial wickets through the middle overs with his changes of pace and slower bouncers he uses."
James Faulkner (Gujarat Lions) – 4/10
Matches: 8| Inns: 6 | Runs: 54 | HS: 21 | Ave 13.50 | SR: 94.73| 100s: 0| 50s: 0
Wickets: 6| Ave: 43.00 | SR: 26.33 | RPO 9.79 | BB: 2-34
"You wind the clock back two or three years ago when he was at the Rajasthan Royals, he was probably one of the hottest properties in IPL cricket. He’s had a bad run with injuries, I know he’s been carrying a knee (niggle) around for the last couple of seasons and that’s inhibited his bowling to a certain degree. Not much of a contribution with the bat, economy rate a lot higher than what he would expect, and what his team would expect, and not a lot in the wicket column either."
Pat Cummins (Delhi Daredevils) – 6/10
Matches: 12 | Wickets: 15 | Ave: 24.86 | SR: 18.46 | RPO 8.07 | BB: 2-20
"Probably what you’d expect from Pat Cummins. The economy rate is up over eight, that’s expected when someone is bowling at express pace like he is. And more often than not, (he’s) bowling with the new ball, they like to bowl him in those middle overs and (then) save him for a couple of overs at the end. A reasonable tournament but maybe didn’t have the tournament I thought he might have had. When you consider that group of fast bowlers that Delhi were able to put together, you would have thought he might have got more games and would have been able to dominate a little more than he did. But not a bad return."
Andrew Tye (Gujarat Lions) – 7/10
Matches: 6 | Wickets: 12 | Ave: 11.75 | SR: 10.50 | RPO 6-71 | BB: 5-17
"It was disappointing to see Andrew Tye go down injured when he did. He’d just come off a five-fa and got a hat-trick in (his debut) game too. The last five or six months he’s been trying to reinvent himself and find himself again in this format of the game. First and foremost, fantastic to see him get an opportunity over there. To do what he did in those few games was a great return for him, I think that’ll give him a lot of confidence going forward.”
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 9/10
Matches: 8 | Wickets: 15 | Ave: 15.20 | SR: 11.3 | RPO 8.04 | BB: 3-20
"Nathan Coulter-Nile had an outstanding tournament. We knew going in he’d been under a bit of an injury cloud but when he got his chance he showed the world once again what a skillful package he is. Took wickets up front and when he got on a roll with the ball swinging around he was pretty hard to keep out. A great return to high-level cricket for Nathan Coulter-Nile, hopefully he can bring that back to the Australian summer"
Mitchell Johnson (Mumbai Indians) – 6/10
Matches: 5 | Wickets: 7 | Ave: 20.14 | SR: 17.1| RPO 7.05| BB: 3-26
"Johnson, when he gets it right, has got the ability to knock over top-orders with that in-swinging delivery to the right-hander. I’m rapt for him (to have helped Mumbai take out the title). To be the man who has to stand up and take that last over says a lot about his experience and skill. Overall, not a huge tournament for him, even the wicket return wasn’t enormous, but he was part of a winning team."
Adam Zampa (Rising Pune Supergiant) – 6/10
Matches: 6 | Wickets: 7 | Ave: 23.28 | SR: 17.0 | RPO 8.21 | BB: 2-22
"It’s a really tough gig to be picked as a frontline spinner when you’re from overseas. Most sides will look at their Indian spinners as their bankers. Unless you’re a Tahir or a Rashid Khan, or even a Sunil Narine, there aren’t many overseas spinners that get a really good run at it in the IPL. Zampa was terrific last year, only the six games this year but again can hold his head up high."
Ben Cutting (Sunrisers Hyderabad, four matches with one wicket at 123.00 and 51 runs at 25.50), Billy Stanlake (Royal Challengers Bangalore, two matches, two wickets at 8.75), Ben Laughlin (Sunrisers Hyderabad, did not play) and Usman Khawaja (Rising Pune Supergiant, DNP)