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
Sunil Narine (Guyana Warriors)
Price: 21.6 million
Narine was almost unplayable during last year’s instalment of the Hero CPL, conceding runs at a rate of just 4.5 per over. He also produced an incredible maiden Super Over to claim victory over the Red Steel, cementing his status as the world’s leading T20 bowler when on song.
Unfortunately, it has been a rough couple of months for the mystery spinner – whose action has been called into question. Robbed of his patented off-spinner and forced to remodel his action, Narine looked a less effective bowler during the IPL than he had before the controversy. Hopefully, a return to home soil will help boost his confidence.
Economy Rate: 4.5
DFS Top Performance: 1175 pts v Antigua Hawksbills
Lasith Malinga (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Price: 19.7 million
Sri Lankan bowler Malinga seems to have been around forever but, at just 31 years of age, he remains one of the best bowlers in the world in any format of cricket. His 24 wickets during the IPL were second only to Dwayne Bravo, meaning he comes into the competition in great form.
He is also an incredible asset when bowling at the death of an innings, although this occasionally leads to him having an economy rate higher than bowlers who don’t bowl in those situations. The dynamic duo of Malinga and Narine will likely ensure opposition batsmen struggle against the Warriors throughout the CPL.
Note: (18/6) Malinga has been ruled out with an injury and will be replaced by South African fast bowler Marchant De Lange.
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Price: $17.4 million
A bowler by trade, Tanvir ended up being St Lucia’s best batsman last season, averaging over 37 at a strike-rate of around 180. Despite his good form, he was not one of the four players retained by the Zouk’s coach Andy Roberts, and instead finds himself spearheading the line up for St. Kitts.
He’ll be hoping to improve upon last season’s tally of seven wickets, but his best attribute is his economy. Last season, Tanvir conceded runs at a rate of less than 6.5 per over. He also holds the distinction of being the only bowler to have taken three five wicket hauls in a single IPL, back in 2008.
Economy Rate: 6.47
DFS Top Performance: 1490 pts v Barbados Tridents
Ravi Rampaul (Barbados Tridents)
Price: $15.6 million
Last season’s leading wicket taker with 18, Ravi Rampaul will be instrumental to the Barbados Tridents hopes of defending their title in this year’s competition. He took his wickets at an average of just 13.16 in 2014 and will be hoping the conditions are once again conducive to his style.
Having the likes of Lendl Simmons on his side means that the opposition are usually chasing high scores by the time they face Rampaul – allowing the bowler maximum opportunity to take wickets.
Economy Rate: 6.77
DFS Top Performance: 1685 pts v Jamaica Tallawahs
Low Cost Sleepers
Fidel Edwards (St. Lucia Zouks)
Price: $8.1 million
Edwards has been playing cricket for English county Hampshire in the build up to the CPL, and recently took his first five wicket haul for over two years against Sussex. Once the leader of the West Indian attack across all three formats of the game, Edwards star has waned a little in recent years, as injury and age catch up with him.
He’s not the same bowler as he was a few years ago, but still has a little bit of zip and averaged a wicket every 21 balls bowled during last year’s competition. His recent good form makes him someone to watch out for.
Economy Rate: 7.61
DFS Top Performance: 610 pts
Ashley Nurse (Barbados Tridents)
Price $7.9 million
Nurse was surprisingly undervalued in the draft this year, with his lack of name recognition seemingly counting against him in a draft full of star performers. In a short career so far, he has proven himself to be an adept T20 bowler –averaging 18 with the ball, with an economy rate of 6.48.
His performances in last year’s CPL weren’t exceptional as he took just five wickets in his nine matches. However, he was excellent in 2013, and has excelled in domestic cricket over the past two seasons; his good form rewarded with a recent recall to the West Indies T20 side for the games against South Africa in January. He also offers a little extra with the bat than your average bowler.
Economy Rate: 7.93
DFS Top Performance: 665 pts v Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel