The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is ready to get underway in a week’s time as fans wait with baited breaths to watch the action go down. While the teams are already busy formulating the penultimate plans, they are still waiting on some of their foreign players to reach UAE, who are currently engaged in other commitments.
While England and Australia currently ensued in a bilateral series, there’s a hots of Caribbean and top international players who plied their trade in the recently concluded CPL 2020.
Several IPL-contracted players shook off the rust and came up against turning tracks in Trinidad, which may prepare them for a similar challenge in the UAE. Here’s how they fared in the CPL.
Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)
Finishing CPL 2020 as the ‘Player of the tournament’ his astute leadership in leading will once again come in handy for the Mumbai Indians franchise.
Pollard came into his own, showcasing glimpses of his repute of the demolition man he’s known to be, when he blazed away to a 28-ball 72 against the Barbados Tridents in a chase of 149, snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat.
He led his unbeaten team from the front to finish with 207 runs in 11 games, averaging a whopping 51.75 with a strike-rate of 204.95, in addition to picking up 8 wickets, four of which came in the final.
Andre Russel (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Three fifties, 200-plus runs and finishing unbeaten three times in eight innings, with a strike rate of more than 140 – Russell had a good tournament even though his team went without a win in their last five games, with the last one being a semifinal exit against the mighty Trinbago Knight Riders. All of Russell’s fifties went in vain but he stood tall for his team in a bowler-friendly CPL, showcasing aggression and calmness in equal measure.
Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The spinner and opening batsman missed seven matches for TKR this year because of kidney stones and injury. However, he did start the tournament in grand fashion with back-to-back half-centuries at the top, and also spun the ball both ways with a reworked action, hiding the ball behind his back during his run-up.
Mujeeb ur Rahman (Kings XI Punjab)
It’s little surprise that Mujeeb finished with a rich haul of wickets. His variations foxed the batsmen, who were unable to pick him, resulting in an economy rate of just 5.29, despite bowling majorly in the powerplay, to return 16 wickets.
He picked up at least one wicket in eight out of the 11 games he featured in, even being named Man of the Match for his 3-11 against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in his four overs.
Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)
turn 37 next month, but he reminded the world that he’s still one of the most reliable death bowlers going around. While Bravo didn’t pick up a bucketful of wickets – he took only nine at an economy rate of 7.50 – he smothered the opposition with his slower dippers and yorkers at the death en route to becoming the first player to 500 wickets in T20 cricket. Bravo, though, wasn’t available to bowl in the final on Thursday because of a knee complaint.