The 2019 Caribbean Premier League is underway. The seventh edition of the CPL is in its first (out of five) weeks, and the defending champions’ MVP, Dwayne Bravo, is already ruled out of the CPL with an injury. Will that affect the Trinbago Knight Riders campaign? Or do they have the ammunition to win another title? The beauty of this explosive T20 tournament is that no team is solely dependent on a single player to tide them over. Every team has exciting untapped young talents looking to make a mark – hungry for wickets and runs. You can get a glimpse of them by booking CPL tickets on our website here.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at five exciting players who can make a difference in CPL 2019 – the ones living in the shadows of the Russells, Gayles and Pollards of the league:
SHIMRON HETMYER (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
The 22-year-old batsman is young in international cricket, but he showed just what he was capable of for RCB in this season’s IPL. Along with Nicholas Pooran, he carries the future hope of West Indies cricket. He got starts against India in the recent Test series, but is at his most lethal in the shorter form of the game. His 70* in Guyana’s opening game against the Patriots has already set the stage for the CPL this season. His team can be a real threat if Hetmyer decides to come of age.
TION WEBSTER (Trinbago Knight Riders)
In a team full of superstars like Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Jimmy Neesham and Dinesh Ramdin, the 24-year-old opener has already grabbed the spotlight with a mature unbeaten 66 in a tough match against Jamaica Tallawahs (featuring Russell and Gayle!). He could just be the trump card for the defending champs after the exit of Bravo, because most teams won’t have prepared for him while trying to counter the rest. It’ll be interesting to see how much captain Pollard uses Webster at the top, especially after his first-ever T20 half-century.
RAHKEEM CORNWALL (St. Lucia Zouks)
The 26-year-old opener played one Test match against India last month and could only manage 15 runs. But he is out to redeem himself with the Zouks, and his explosive 36 against the Warriors in their first game will set the alarm bells ringing across the CPL. It was an innings studded with 7 fours and 1 six, and if his size is anything to go by, don’t expect a lot of running for the rest of the tournament. His bat is going to do the talking.
SHELDON COTTRELL (St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots)
The ex-soldier has peaked late in his career, but he is here with a bang. After being so impressive as a strike bowler for the West Indies in the World Cup, he is back to the format in which he is the most comfortable. His incredible spell of 3-13 in four overs against the Knight Riders didn’t go unnoticed. No other bowler in his team was half as good, which is perhaps why he might find himself having a lonely season after that early defeat. But his salute celebration will light up CPL 2019.
CHEMAR HOLDER (Barbados Tridents)
The other Holder, who will be playing under captain Jason Holder for the Tridents, is just as effective a fast bowler. He has done well in First-class cricket, but is yet to hit his stride in T20 cricket. Will the older Holder guide this young, new promising talent? The Tridents will play a few games this week, and we will get a nice glimpse into the West Indian pace future.
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