The recently concluded Caribbean Premier League showcased the superb talent that the region possesses in the T-20 format of the game. The experienced campaigners such as Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, and Sunil Narine all performed creditably and showed that they still have something to offer to T-20 Cricket. However, the exciting thing about CPL 2018 was the emergence of some young and exciting players that are primed to become future stars for the West Indies in T-20 cricket. Here are the top emerging T-20 players that came to the forefront in CPL 2018.
Oshane Thomas playing in his 3rd CPL achieved the type of success that he has always promised. He was identified and picked by Chris Gayle as a part of the Jamaica Tallawahs squad for CPL 2016 and also featured in the 2017 tournament. Thomas was simply outstanding in CPL 2018, capturing 18 wickets at a staggering average of 17.67. He was the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament and consistently hit the 150km per hour mark, making some of the best batsmen in the T-20 game tentative. The stupendous inswinging yorker that he used to dismantle the stumps of Shai Hope is regarded as the ball of CPL 2018. He captured big-name batsmen such as Martin Guptill, Evin Lewis, David Warner, and Dwayne Bravo and had a phenomenal strike rate of 14.50 in the powerplay overs. This performance by Oshane Thomas puts him in the reckoning for a West Indies T-20 call-up, and many other T-20 Leagues across the globe might also be interested in his services!
Obed McCoy is a budding out and out fast bowler out of St. Lucia. He was the leading wicket-taker for the St. Lucia Stars in CPL 2018, capturing nine wickets at an average of 20.6. What sets McCoy apart is his ability to bowl cutters and a variety of slower deliveries seamlessly. This type of variety makes him a valuable asset in T-20 cricket, and his wicket-taking prowess in CPL 2018 is proof of this. McCoy is only twenty-one years old and has a bright future in the T-20 format of the game.
Trinidad and Tobago have always produced quality spin bowlers, and the latest on this list is Khary Pierre. Pierre snagged 11 wickets at an average of 13.36 and economy rate of 5.65, which was the best among any bowler who played at least two games. He thoroughly out-performed Sunil Narine both in terms of wickets taken (Narine took eight wickets) and economy rate (Narine’s economy rate was 6.53) which is a significant achievement. Pierre is also a live wire in the field and took some exceptional catches, including the sensational caught and bowl of Sherfane Rutherford in the final. This piece of sheer brilliance by Pierre helped to turn the final decisively in favor of the Trinbago Knight Riders. Pierre’s ability to bowl economically, pick up wickets and also save runs in the field makes him a valuable T-20 Cricketer, and he surely has a bright future in this format of the game.
Sherfane Rutherford did not make a tonne of runs in CPL 2018; he made 156 runs in 7 innings. However, what is significant is Rutherford’s strike rate and his ability to strike the ball cleanly. His 13 ball 45 against the Trinbago Knight Riders propelled the Amazon Warriors into the final of the CPL. He can come in in the last five overs of the innings and significantly change the type of score that his team eventually gets, this ability to be an impact player will make him an exciting prospect in T-20 Cricket.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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