David Warner managed to overcome the might of Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore to lead his Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first IPL title.
The opener was stunning throughout the tournament, collecting 848 runs at 60.57, with nine 50s in 17 outings.
Ben Cutting’s late inclusion for the campaign paid dividends for the men in orange, as he picked up four wickets in the final two games and smashed a vital unbeaten 39 off just 15 balls in the final to help the Sunrisers to a winning total of 208 and claim man-of-the-match honours.
Aaron Finch’s Gujarat Lions made it to the Qualifying Final stage with the Aussie opener playing his part, averaging just over 39 with five half centuries in 13 appearances.
The injuries came thick and thin for the Aussie contingent, as five returned home with a variety of issues. Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and John Hastings joined the Marsh brothers on flights back to Australia ahead of a busy International calendar.
Stoinis was just beginning to hit his straps before returning home for personal reasons, dismantling Mumbai with 4/15 following three wickets and a half-century against Delhi.
Adam Zampa had the bowling performance of the tournament, claiming 6/19 against the Sunrisers, equaling Sohail Tanvir’s record for most wickets taken in an IPL fixture.
Shane Watson was consistent throughout, helping his Royal Challengers get to final with 20 wickets in 16 matches.
In all, 23 Australians appeared in IPL 9; Andrew Tye and Shaun Tait the only Aussies overlooked for selection.