The T20 format of cricket has gained huge popularity in the public and has attracted a large crowd in all cricket playing nations. Many countries have started domestic leagues like the IPL to strengthen their domestic circuit and also to solve financial problems. Recently we enjoyed excellent eighth edition of Indian Premier League and now we are moving to West Indies where Caribbean Premier League is set to roar.
The Caribbean Premier League is one such Twenty20 league that has taken the nation by storm with the quality of cricket. Here is a list of players who could set the whole tournament alight in 2015 CPL edition beginning from 20 June.
Top Players of CPLT20 2015
Andre Russell, one of the many all-rounders in the West Indian team who can hit the ball a long way lower down the order. His hard hitting helped KKR win many games and he was named the Most Valuable Player in the 8th season of the IPL. Having already won the Man of the Tournament in the CPL last season, Russell will surely be a player to watch out for.
Also with the ball, Russell can clock 140k’s constantly. Playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL, he would be looking to continue his game and help his team to perform well in the league. In CPL 2014, he scored 219 runs and the strike rate was more than 200. He picked up 11 wickets too.
No-one is un–familiar with the name Chris Gayle who is one of the destructive batsmen in the form of game. The way this man hits the ball, very few would be able to pull out something close to it. He bats like he doesn’t care what the situation is and has the confidence to clear the rope any time he wants. Playing at home for the Jamaica Tallawahs, opposition would take some real thinking to stop him when he is on song. In CPL 2014, he scored 363 runs at an average of 40.33 and a strike rate of 122.
Hence in 2015 Caribbean Premier League competition he’ll be a key player to watch out.
Fresh from a very good IPL, scoring plenty of runs, Smith who relies on brute force will be quietly confident of himself after a good outing in the IPL-2015. He has been effective at the top of the order alongside McCullum for the Chennai based franchise and will try to replicate it for the Barbados Tridents, alongside his country mate Pollard, who himself is known for his fierce hitting. In CPLT20 2014, Smith scored 353 runs at an average of 264 runs and a strike rate of 133.71.
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The England batsman who is finding it hard to get a place in the England national squad has a lot of potential and has already proved himself in the past. He has been a mainstay for the England team before losing his place for disciplinary issues and his determination to get his place back did not help him even after scoring a triple hundred in the domestic season.
KP who skipped IPL for the season will be waiting to prove himself and this will sound as bad news for bowlers around the league. Though he had an average league last year because of his national duties, but he will be an asset for his side this year, having just come from a triple century in county cricket.
Shakib Al Hasan
The highest rated all rounder in the ICC ranking Shakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh has been the most consistent performer in all forms of the game for the nation and also all franchises that he represents around the globe in various countries. An all-rounder like Shakib is always an asset to the team and ST Lucia Zouks, who have drafted him in the 2015 CPL auction will want him to fire on all cylinders and get them to a good position in the league.
Hasan is a left arm spinner who has accustomed to the T20 format really well and will want to showcase his talent with the bat and the ball in the league. Though, he wasn’t available for most of the 2014 season, but in 2013, he picked up 11wickets at an economy of less than 5.7 and ended up being the 2nd highest wicket taker.
What do you think, who will be the top player in Caribbean Premier League third season?