Ahead to this season’s Carribean Premier League, sponsored by Hero, we are taking a look at some of the best options for your daily fantasy cricket team. First up we run the rule over the bowlers.
Top of the Market
Chris Gayle (Jamaica Tallawahs)
Price: $22 million
Arguably the most explosive batsman in world cricket, Gayle is simply capable of producing innings that others can’t.
After a slow start to his IPL, he had really found his stride by the end of the tournament, finishing sixth in the run scoring charts and top – by a distance – of the six hitting table, with 38. He also averaged over 40 runs per innings during last season’s CPL tournament.
Those runs come at a price, and Gayle is the most expensive player on PlayON for good reason. If he hits top form, it’ll seem like dollars well spent.
Runs: 363 (24 x 4/24 x 6)
Strike Rate: 122. 22
Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago)
Bravo’s Chennai Super Kings came unstuck in the final of the IPL, but few could blame the West Indian all-rounder after he picked up the most wickets of any bowler in the competition.
His economy rate was a little expensive – at over eight runs per over – but he also brings aggressive batting and exceptional fielding to the table, and will surely be one of the standout players of the tournament.
Runs: 118 (10 x 4/ 5 x 6)
Strike Rate: 128.26
Econ Rate: 8.85
Tilekeratne Dilshan (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Price $17.7 million
The 38 year old Dilshan proved he still had what it takes during the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand, averaging over 65 runs per innings. He may not possess the power of a Gayle or Guptil, but his guile sets him apart from other batsmen and unorthodox shots, such as the infamous “Dillscoop”, make him a nightmare to set fields against.
His form in Sri Lankan domestic T20 has been unconvincing to say the least, though, as he has failed to score higher than 18 in any of his six innings. However, his first effort for Derbyshire in England went much more to plan. Is betting on him to find his form worth the risk?
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Rayad Emrit (Barbados Tridents)
Price $11.9 million
34 year old Emrit enjoyed an exceptional tournament in last year’s CPL when he picked up 12 wickets at an average of 21.33.
He boasts a stellar bowling record in T20 cricket overall, having picked up 58 wickets in 45 matches at an average of 17 apiece. He also picked up seven catches in 2014, the fourth most by any player in the competition.
Econ Rate: 8.04
Low Cost Option
Brad Hodge (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Price $9.4 million
He may be over 40 now but Hodge is still one of the better all-round cricketers on the T20 circuit. The Victoria native averages over 35 with the bat and less than 23 with the ball from more than 200 games in the shortest format and cricket.
An arm injury meant his participation in this season’s big bash tournament was limited to just three games and didn’t bowl at all, but now that he has fully recovered we can expect to see the fully array of his talents in the Caribbean.
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Robin Peterson (Barbados Tridents)
Price $7.2 million
Peterson is another experienced competitor, having represented South Africa in all three formats of the game. He’s a shrewd left handed batsman who can rotate the strike well, while as a slow left arm bowler he can be immensely difficult to get away, particular if the pitches are a bit sticky.
Peterson was not a participant in last year’s competition, and has had some injury trouble over the last year or so – including a finger injury which ruled him out of contention for the test series against the West Indies in January 2015. His recent performances in T20s suggest he’ll more of a threat with the ball in the CPL.
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