Last season’s third place team, the Jamaica Tallawahs, are next up in our team profile series. With the likes of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell in their line up the Tallawahs will feel confident of a playoff spot and more this year.
Coach: Mickey Arthur
The combination of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell is enough to give the Tallawahs a chance of beating any of the other sides on their day. This year, they have another huge hitter in Australian Chris Lynn, so we should expect fireworks whenever they take the field.
Daniel Vettori, Jerome Taylor and the rest of the bowlers should have plenty of runs to work with in most matches, but the question will be whether they can restrict the best teams to a low score if their star batters should fail.
The most destructive batsman in World Cricket Gayle recently racked up the 15th T20 Century of his career (no other batsman has more than six) for English county side Somerset. The World Boss averages more than 43 runs per innings in the shortest form of cricket and is capable of winning matches on his own.
He has been in excellent form in T20 this season, both in the IPL and the English Domestic T20 tournament. In total, Gayle has hit two fifties and two hundreds in his last ten innings and currently averages an absurd 328 for Somerset over in England.
Runs: 363 (24 x 4/24 x 6)
Strike Rate: 122. 22
Andre Russell comes into the CPL fresh off the back of being voted “most valuable player” in the 2015 IPL. The West Indian all-rounder proved himself equally devastating with both bat and ball during that tournament, taking 14 wickets and hitting 19 sixes.
It was his batting that did most of the damage in last year’s CPL, when Russell averaged 36.5 at a strike-rate of over 200. His combination with Chris Gayle makes Jamaica serious contenders to reach this year’s final.
Runs: 219 (17 x 4/16 x 6)
Strike Rate: 200.91
Vettori may be 36 but he was still a fixture in New Zealand’s successful World Cup side in 2015, taking 15 wickets at an average of 20. His experience and skill makes him an incredibly difficult bowler to score quickly against, often leading batsmen to play rash strokes out of frustration.
In last year’s CPL, Vettori produced an economy rate of 5.65 per over, while taking eight wickets in the competition. He’ll likely continue to be among the most economical bowlers in the tournament.
Econ Rate: 5.65
With the combination of power hitters and quality bowlers that the Tallahaws possess Theron’s performance last season is easy to overlook. The bowler took 14 wickets in the tournament at a strike rate of less than a wicket every three overs.
He does tend to give up a fair few runs, but that’s a small price to pay for a man who can dislodge the opposing team’s batsmen on a regular basis.
Econ Rate: 8.5
Last Season: 3rd