The eighth season of the Caribbean Premier League concluded on Thursday. As many as 19 IPL-bound players featured in the league. Here’s how the stars of different IPL franchises performed in the CPL 2020:
Kieron Pollard (Trinbago Knight Riders): He had an excellent tournament. The TKR captain was adjudged the player of the tournament for his brilliant all-round show. Pollard finished with 207 runs in 7 innings, scoring at an average of 51.75. He was the most impactful performer with the willow and scored at a strike rate of 204 in a low scoring tournament. Under Pollard’s leadership, TKR won their fourth CPL title remaining unbeaten in the whole tournament. While TKR totally overpowered their opponents in most of their matches, they did fall behind in a few but their skipper stepped-up in such circumstances and got them over the line every time. One such situation occurred against defending champions Barbados Tridents where TKR needed 66 runs off last four overs but they won the match by 2 wickets with just 1 ball left, thanks to Pollard’s 28-ball 72, a knock included 9 sixes. Pollard also took 8 wickets in the tournament including 4 for 30 in the final.
Chris Lynn (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots): The swashbuckling Australian batsman struggled on the slow and low surfaces. The BBL Superstar could accumulate just 138 runs in 9 innings, scoring at a low strike rate of 107. Lynn was poor, particularly against spin as he consumed too many dot deliveries against the spinners while being dismissed by spin six times.
Sherfane Rutherford (Guyana Amazon Warriors): The attacking West Indies batsman had an awful tournament. He could manage just 39 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 76. Rutherford also got dropped by his side for his successive failures in the later stages of the tournament.
Chennai Super Kings
Dwayne Bravo (Trinbago Knight Riders): Dwayne Bravo wasn’t tested much in the tournament either with the bat or the ball. He took 9 wickets in 9 innings he bowled, conceding runs at 7.50 runs per over but most of the times he came to bowl, the opposition was already pinned down by TKR’s spinners. Bravo batted just 3 times in the tournament and scored 17 runs without being dismissed once. He wasn’t available to bowl in the final due to knee problem.
Imran Tahir (Guyana Amazon Warriors): Evergreen Imran Tahir continues to be a joy to watch. The 41-year-old completed the tournament with 15 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 5.82 and was hugely responsible for his side’s semifinal finish.
Mitchell Santner (Barbados Tridents): The New Zealand spin-bowling allrounder was the stand out performer for his side. He picked six wickets in 8 innings, at an economy rate of 5.59. Santner also scored 145 runs at a strike rate of 115 on pitches which were difficult for batting, being dismissed just thrice.
Sunil Narine (Trinbago Knight Riders): The T20 superstar accentuated in 5 matches, making a big influence in his limited appearances. He smashed two half-centuries and ended with 144 runs at a strike rate of 148. He also took 6 wickets at an economy rate of 4.55. Narine missed seven matches for his side including the final due to different injuries.
Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs): Andre Russell had a reasonable outing with the bat as he scored 222 runs in eight innings at an average of 44.40 and a strike rate of 141. Russell struck three half-centuries in the tournament. However, knee problem limited his bowling as he could bowl merely 13 overs and claimed only three wickets at an economy rate of 8.85.
Chris Green (Guyana Amazon Warriors): Green led his side to the semi-finals. He also had a very good tournament with the ball as he picked up 9 wickets in 11 games at an economy rate of 5.68. The off-spinner mostly bowled in powerplays and was effective with his new action. However, he didn’t do much with the bat and could contribute only 17 runs in 5 innings.
Ali Khan (Trinbago Knight Riders): The American pacer who has been a regular feature in the TKR line up for the last few seasons, missed a few games in the middle of the season due to injury. On wickets not conducive for pacers, Ali took 8 wickets in 8 matches at economy of 7.43.
Shimron Hetmeyer (Guyana Amazon Warriors): Hetmeyer was the best batsman for his side. The attacking left-handed batsman hit 267 runs in 11 innings at an average of 33.37 and strike rate of 125.94, with the help of three half-centuries. Only Lendl Simmons, Glenn Phillips and Darren Bravo scored more runs than him in the tournament.
Keemo Paul (Guyana Amazon Warriors): Paul picked up 9 wickets in nine innings at an economy rate of 7.31 on wickets which were not assisting fast bowling. His best performance came against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, where he took 4 wickets for 19 runs.
Sandeep Lamichhane (Jamaica Tallawahs): The Nepalese leg-spinner had an outstanding CPL. He picked up 12 wickets in eleven matches at an economy rate of 5.27. He delivered with the ball in the middle overs throughout the tournament.
Kings XI Punjab
Mujeeb Zadran (Jamaica Tallawahs): The Afghan off-spinner finished as second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 16 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 5.29. Mujeeb was amazing in the first half of the tournament where he nailed down the opposition with his brilliant opening spells.
Nicholas Pooran (Guyana Amazon Warriors): The super-talented Nicholas Pooran didn’t have a great tournament as per his standards. He scored 245 runs in 11 innings at an average of 27.22 and strike rate of 123. However, he did produce a couple of great knocks including the only hundred in the tournament, against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, which came off just 45 balls.
Sheldon Cottrell ( St Kitts and Nevis Patriots): The left-arm pacer didn’t have a great outing. He took just 5 wickets in 6 innings, conceding runs at 8.29 runs per over. Cottrell also struggled to save his place in the XI as the seasoned campaigner warmed the bench in three matches for underperformance.
Rashid Khan (Barbados Tridents): Another T20 superstar who didn’t have enormous success in the tournament. Rashid picked up 11 wickets in ten matches at an economy rate of 6.85, which was relatively high for a spinner in a tournament ruled by the spinners. Rashid also didn’t have a great outing with the bat and could manage just 60 runs in seven innings.
Mohammad Nabi (St Lucia Zouks): The Afghan allrounder was one of the biggest reasons for Zouks’ first-ever final appearance. He picked up 12 wickets at an economy rate of 5.10. Nabi’s economy was the third-best among bowlers who bowled at least 20 overs in the tournament. He also played some handy cameos, ending the tournament with 156 runs at a strike rate of 124.
Oshane Thomas (Jamaica Tallawahs): The young West Indian quick was a total failure in the league. He played just three matches, bowled 7 overs and conceded 78 runs, picking up just one wicket. Thomas was dropped twice in the tournament for his poor poor performance and warmed the bench for eight matches including the semifinal.
No Royal Challengers Banglore player featured in the eighth season of CPL(Caribbean Premier League).