CPL 2020: Top seven players to watch out for – Part I
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) scheduled to get underway on 18th August – will be the first major T20 league to be played since the Covid-19 pandemic, and it would be a welcome delight for T20 cricket starved fans around the world. Ahead of the exciting T20 extravaganza, let’s take a look at the top seven players who will catch eyeballs during the exciting tournament.
- Chris Lynn (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots)
The dangerous willow-wielder Chris Lynn, a regular face in the CPL, earlier plied his trade with Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders. After Lynn was sold to the team during this year’s one-of-a-kind virtual CPL 2020 Draft, this time he will play for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. The Australian batsman boats in T20s at a lethal strike-rate of 144.15 and will form the core of the batting department of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Specially after being released by IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders last year, a match-winner on any given day, Lynn will strive to make a strong statement.
- Ross Taylor (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Ross Taylor, one of the CPL’s most experienced campaigners, will return to Guyana Amazon Warriors after having taken a break from last year. The BlackCaps batsman, who was drafted overnight for the CPL 2020, will bring the team all the needed experience and he’s also expected to light up the tournament with his fiery batsmanship display. Taylor has scored 724 runs with an average of 31.5 in 36 games in the four seasons he has played.
- Pravin Tambe (Trinbago Knight Riders)
It’s the story that will inspire every Indian cricketer! At 48, Indian-born leg-spinner Pravin Tambe will make his debut with Trinbago Knight Riders in this year’s CPL 2020. Tambe is the oldest player in the league, and became the first Indian to bag a CPL contract. He shot to fame during his stint with IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals between 2013 and 2015. He went on to feature for the now-defunct Gujarat Lions, and was also part of the Hyderabad Sunrisers team squad.
- Jason Holder (Barbados Tridents)
Jason Holder is a flagbearer of West Indies cricket, one who showed his true potential in the latest concluded series against England, he is part of the very strong Barbados Tridents team. The 28-year-old cricketer has registered significant, if not match-winning contributions with both bat and ball and showed glimpses of single-handedly leading sides to win. Holder, who has a wealth of experience with a truckload of runs that back him up, will be key to this season’s title-defending campaign for the Barbados Tridents.