Expert Q&A: Top 10 regular Damion Maher on IPL form lines of BBL-contracted players

The 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) wrapped up overnight, offering SuperCoach BBL coaches are rare form insight ahead of the 2020-21 KFC Big Bash League (BBL) due to its delayed fixture window.

You see, the IPL is normally played in April and May but this year, due to the coronavirus, it was postponed and played from September 19 to November 10.

The tournament always involves a heap of BBL-contracted players and this season was no different, plus there’s a bunch who are rumoured to be coming for BBL|10 too.

So Honeyball spoke to four-time SuperCoach BBL top 10 finisher Damion Maher, who came seventh overall in the 2020 IPL Real DreamTeam, to glean some insights about the player form lines.

Maher has kindly crunched the numbers, converting IPL performances into SuperCoach BBL|10 scores too (including play-offs), to give you the best indication of form. We went through it club by club:

Adelaide Strikers

Rashid Khan ($192k BWL) – 16 games, 895 BBL SC points, 55.93 avg

Rashid played every game for Sunrisers Hyderabad and was the top scoring BBL-contracted player in the IPL this season. He bowled four overs in every match he played, taking 20 wickets (the sixth most in the IPL 2020). His economy rate was also 5.37 which is exceptional.

The Afghan was the master of consistency too, with no score lower than 25 and two scores above 100. His one downfall was a lack of batting opportunities, facing only 30 balls in a lower-order spot than he’d normally receive at Adelaide Strikers, so expect him to generate more via the bat in the BBL.

Maher said: “You wouldn’t be scared off by his lack of runs. He should get more of a bat in BBL.

“He’d be my first picked but they’ve got the bye in Round One. He’ll be my first trade in Round Two. I’ll make him my captain in Round Two, so I’ll lock in.

“The Hurricanes also have the double game in Round Two, so it’ll be hard to get both Khan and D’Arcy Short, so it’ll be important to find a way to trade him in. I wouldn’t carry him in Round One.”

Alex Carey (Price TBC WKP/BAT) – 3 games, 52 BBL SC points, 17.33 avg

Carey, who is yet to be officially announced as a Strikers re-signing, had limited opportunities with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant preferred ahead of him at Delhi Capitals.

Maher said: “When Carey did play, he batted at six too which didn’t help. He’ll bat higher for Adelaide.”

Brisbane Heat

Tom Banton ($156k WKP/BAT) – 2 games, 18 BBL SC points, 9 avg

Played twice, batting at four and opening without much success. Didn’t keep.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman ($115k BWL) – 2 games, 12 BBL SC points, 6 avg

Played twice but was expensive and wicketless. Went for 0-83 from his eight overs all up.

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Melbourne Renegades

James Pattinson ($162k BWL) – 10 games, 374 BBL SC points, 37.4 avg

A bit of a revelation for the Mumbai Indians with the ball but lost his spot once Nathan Coulter-Nile was fit and firing.  He took 11 wickets in 10 games and was used in a variety of roles, bowling in the power play at times, but also middle and late overs.

Maher said: “I reckon he’s definitely an option. Pattinson did quite well but he was fighting for the same overseas spot as Coulter-Nile. Pattinson got a few 50s or 60s (he scored above 50 five times).

“When he struggled he was going for a lot of runs, with an economy rate of 12.”

Aaron Finch ($184k BAT) – 12 games, 328 BBL SC points, 27.33 avg

Once a mainstay of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side, batting at the top, Finch actually dropped out of the side this season. He made one half-century in 12 knocks, totaling 268 runs with a strike rate just above 110. He also didn’t bowl once.

Maher said: “Finch was terrible. He couldn’t get going. He was struggling to hit the ball, his timing was way off. He was struggling for runs.”

In terms of BBL SC points, Finch top scored with a 77 but only breached 50 twice all season. He had 10 scores of 32 or lower.

Maher added: “Finch is a bit volatile like Chris Gayle and Glenn Maxwell and you wouldn’t want to take too many of them. He’s hit and miss. But I wouldn’t rule him out and in BBL he loves to pinch an over with the ball. Any batsman that bowls is worth consideration as you get a double go.”

Mohammad Nabi ($191k BAT/BWL) – 1 game, 29 BBL SC points, 29 avg

Sunrisers’ four imports were arguably their four best players so it was tough for Nabi to break into the side, given IPL restrictions. He played once, where he batted at five and bowled economically.

Imran Tahir ($175k BWL) – 3 games, 75 BBL SC points, 25 avg

Struggled for opportunities with Chennai who weren’t set on their fourth import. Bowled economically when he played but only took one wicket for a side who battled.

Melbourne Stars

Marcus Stoinis ($185 BAT/BWL) – 17 games, 846 BBL SC points, 49.76 avg

Stoinis looms as most SuperCoaches’ Round One captain with Melbourne Stars starting with a double game round and his IPL performances only helped enhance that.

Stoinis scored reasonably well and it’s important to note he batted down the order at Delhi Capitals, usually at five, until he opened in their final two games. He amassed 352 runs including three half-centuries. Runs are tougher to score down the order, as you usually face fewer balls, so he did well.

Unlike BBL|09, he also bowled, sending down almost 30 overs and taking 13 wickets which is very enticing for BBL|10. Overall he posted five 90+ scores but there was also four 10 or lower.

Maher said: “He started off with a very good first game but then had a lean spell and was inconsistent. He can score very big and very low. It’s handy he was bowling a few overs which normally levels that out.

“I think he was batting down the order which makes it tough to score well consistently but with the double first game he has to be a lock first-up and captain option too.”

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Glenn Maxwell ($185k BAT/BWL) – 13 games, 285 BBL SC points, 21.92 avg

The Kings XI Punjab all-rounder had a woeful IPL season and was eventually dropped for his side’s final game. Batting at five primarily, Maxwell only managed 108 runs from 11 knocks with a strike of only 101.88, while he bowled 21 overs but only took three poles. His four catches helped.

Maher said: “He struggled a fair bit. He only had one good game against Delhi Capitals. He was batting five and that game he got 86 SC points but that was it. They were all under 30 besides for that.

“He got three wickets for the tournament. He didn’t get smashed. He does very well with catches too. He got four catches and is always a chance for a run out.

“I’ve had him a few times and he’s cost me a few times. I’m not sure if I’d go back there. He’s volatile.”

Nathan Coulter-Nile ($138k BWL) – 7 games, 256 BBL SC points, 36.6 avg

Came into the Mumbai Indians side halfway through the tournament after injury and played in all of their play-offs, including taking 2-29 in the Final. He was effectively Mumbai’s fifth choice bowler but chipped in and was economical. Never scored lower than 19.

Maher said: “Coulter-Nile’s best scores were 68 and 55, and he was good for a couple of 20s.”

Adam Zampa ($184k BWL) – 3 games, 94 BBL SC points, 31.33 avg

Leggie Zampa had few chances for Royal Challengers Bangalore, although he played in their play-off and did excellently, taking 1-12 from four overs.

Jonny Bairstow ($175k WKP/BAT) – 11 games, 550 BBL SC points, 50 avg

Bairstow combined brilliantly with David Warner at the top of the order for Sunrisers Hyderabad for the three quarters of the IPL, before they opted to use their four import spot for an all-rounder, Jason Holder.

Despite that Bairstow, who won’t be available for Melbourne Stars until after Christmas, performed well with 345 runs from 11 knocks, including three half-centuries. He also claimed seven catches and one stumping with the gloves. He posted two scores above 100 but three at 10 or below.

Maher said: “With an IPL average of 50, he looks a good signing but he’ll miss the first three rounds.”

Nicholas Pooran (Price TBC BAT/WKP) – 14 games, 658 BBL SC points, 47 avg

New Stars signing Pooran enjoyed a strong IPL in his middle-order batting role, scoring 353 runs from 14 knocks, plundering 25 sixes with a strike rate close to 170. He got opportunities in his mid-order role given Kings XI’s struggles, so that’s important to note. He started with the gloves, taking seven catches, but KL Rahul took over as keeper for the second half of the tournament.

In terms of BBL SC points, Pooran averaged 47 which is impressive given his role. His strike rate bonus points helped, seeing him peak at 122. There were five scores 20 and under but he also exceeded 50 seven times.

Perth Scorchers

Andrew Tye ($134k BWL) – 1 game, 28 BBL SC points, 28 avg

Down the pecking order at Rajasthan. Played one game and got spanked, 1-50.

Mitch Marsh ($164k BAT/BWL) – 1 game, 1 BBL SC point, 1 avg

Injured his ankle bowling his first over in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s first game and went home injured.

Sydney Sixers

Tom Curran ($204k BWL/BAT) – 5 games, 201 BBL SC points, 40.2 avg

Curran may have been one of the first picked in many SuperCoach BBL|09 sides but he struggled for a game in the 2020 IPL with Rajasthan, ultimately becoming a victim of teammate Jofra Archer’s all-round success.

The Englishman played all five of his games early in the tournament while Ben Stokes was unavailable, peaking with a BBL SC score of 107 against Kolkata. He wasn’t bad but there wasn’t an import spot for him in the XI.

Josh Philippe ($150k WKP/BAT) – 5 games, 88 BBL SC points, 17.6 avg

Philippe surprised a few by getting five games but he battled a tad in the step-up to IPL level. Kept in two games and opened in a few as well, posting scores of 33 and 32 which was encouraging but his strike rate was only 101.29. For BBL SC points, top scored with 43 but got 0 and 1 in his first two games.

Maher said: “His strike rate was quite low, but it wouldn’t let that scare you off. He was likely adjusting to new conditions against new opponents.”

Sydney Thunder

Daniel Sams ($196k BAT/BWL) – 3 games, 28 BBL SC points, 9.33 avg

The Thunder all-rounder struggled for games with Delhi Capitals although he was in the side upon the play-offs but lost his spot for the crunch matches. Was given the new ball three times and bowled late overs too but didn’t take a wicket or make a run.

Chris Green ($107k BWL) – 1 game, 6 BBL SC points, 6 avg

Only played the one game for Kolkata.

Uncontracted

Chris Gayle (BAT) – 7 games, 398 BBL SC points, 56.85 avg

Missed the first half of the IPL for Kings XI but came in and revived their campaign with 288 runs at 41.14 and a strike rate of 137. Posted tow BBL SC scores above 90 and dropped below 20 only once.

Maher said: “I was surprised by him given his age. I reckon he’d be a very good pick-up. He’d either swing out and get a couple of runs or get a nice 50-60. When he was last in the BBL, he was pretty inconsistent. He’d get a 20 or a nice 60 plus score. He was hit and miss. When he bowled, he didn’t care. He just threw them down.”

Chris Jordan (BWL) – 9 games, 358 BBL SC points, 39.77 avg

The Englishman has been heavily linked with the Hurricanes. Played nine games for Kings XI, basically alternating with Jimmy Neesham. Top scored with 127. Up and down.

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Jofra Archer (BWL/BAT) – 14 game, 1002 BBL SC points, 71.57 avg

The 2020 IPL MVP was exceptional but seems unlikely to be returning to the BBL. Archer took 20 wickets with an economy rate just above 6, while he blasted late-over runs at devastating speed, plus he plucked catches. For BBL SC points, only twice all season did he drop below 60. Wow.

David Warner (BAT) – 14 game, 818 BBL SC points, 58.42 avg

Another one who’s unlikely to play BBL, but Warner had a strong IPL season with three scores above 100. For a guy who doesn’t bowl (weirdly he actually did bowl one ball in IPL 2020) he scores bloody well.

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