As the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 has begun on August 26, the punters are all excited to bet and make money. There’s a lot of speculation in the air in terms of which team will win the league, who will be the top scorer, who will take the most number of wickets, etc.
When it comes to predicting which team will win the CPL 2021, chances are always high that the teams, which have done well in the past, are likely to repeat their performance this time around as well.
Barbados Royals (formerly Barbados Tridents) are the second most successful team of the CPL after Trinbago Knight Riders. They won the CPL cup in 2014 and 2019, finished runners-up in 2015 and reached the semi-finals in 2013.
While other teams have been woefully inconsistent over the years, Barbados Royals’ performance has been a lot more stable, and that is thanks to its players, who have shown grit and determination to do well year after year.
In 2021, Barbados Royals tried to improve their lineup by bringing a number of new players, which is likely to give depth to the team. The fact that they had a disappointing time during CPL 2020 must be at the back of their minds, but the good thing is that they are looking revived in 2021.
Interestingly, the owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Rajasthan Royals, have acquired a majority stake in Barbados Royals. It was after this development that their name was changed from Barbados Tridents to Barbados Royals.
In this blog, we, at Fun88, will talk about the betting tips and odds for Barbados Royals, how their lineup looks like, the key players, strengths and weaknesses.
Betting tips and odds for Barbados Royals in CPL 2021
Betting odds suggest that Barbados Royals will go far in CPL 2021. They have players like Jason Holder, Mohammad Amir, and Hayden Walsh, who are likely to leave a huge impact on the tournament.
We think that Barbados Royals have the right combination of players to take on any team in the tournament. In the last few years, they had some issues with the team combination, which they have tried to address in 2021.
That’s the reason Barbados Royals has picked up players like Thisara Perera, Glenn Phillips, Azam Khan, and Mohammad Amir this year. They had even bought Chris Morris, the most expensive player of the IPL, earlier this year, but Morris has pulled out of CPL 2021 citing personal reasons.
That said, Barbados Royals still have a very good team this year. The addition of the star fast bowler from Pakistan, Amir, has added strength to their lineup. Amir will be part of the new-ball attack, along with the likes of Holder and Oshane Thomas.
While Amir is a left-arm fast bowler who can swing the ball both ways, Holder is a right-arm tall bowler who can hit the deck consistently to trouble a batsman. Such variety in bowling will help their team a great deal against any opposition.
When it comes to playing in the Caribbean, one cannot not have spin bowlers. The pitches in this part of the world usually support the spin movement. And, in this department as well, Barbados Royals have the likes of Hayden Walsh Jr. and Jake Lintott, who can very well turn the ball.
The interesting thing is that Barbados Royals are willing to make changes to fill all gaps in their lineup. They were getting new players just days before the beginning of CPL 2021, and that shows that they are committed to doing well.
Batting is a bit of concern for Barbados Royals
Barbados Royals has many players, who can bat and bowl both, like Holder, Ashley Nurse, Perera, Nyeem Young, and Kyle Mayers, but most of them are bowling all-rounders. To bat well, they need some of their specialist batsmen to click and score big runs, which, unfortunately for them, is not happening consistently.
Shai Hope, one of their key batters, has not had a good Twenty20 International (T20) cricket career so far. Hope has a spectacular record in one-day-internationals (ODIs), and he should be trying to emulate that in CPL this time.
Even Azam Khan, another batsman of this team, has not shown the consistency that his team desperately needs. Barbados Royals have too many all-rounders, and they expect them to bat, but for the team to do well, it’s the specialist batters, who will have to perform.
Besides, it’s often difficult to choose between all-rounders. Since they can bat and ball both, it’s always tough to decide who to play, compared to deciding between two specialist batsman or bowlers.
The team management will have to watch out for this factor while deciding the playing XI. Although they have a good balance, they will have to ensure that the final XI they bring to the field has enough depth to take on any opposition.
Key players from Barbados Royals to watch out for in CPL 2021
Jason Holder – The captain of the side, Jason Holder, has all sorts of cricketing talent. He’s a good fast-bowler, who can bat aggressively, but if his team needs, he can bat patiently, too. He’s a good slip fielder. Holder ends up taking wickets almost every time he plays. He’s a key player to watch out for.
- Hayden Walsh Jr. – In terms of the number of wickets and batting average in T20 format, Hayden Walsh’s record almost mirrors that of his captain, Holder. Walsh has become a prominent spinner for the national team of West Indies, and he was the ‘Player of the Tournament’ when Barbados Royals last won CPL in 2019.
- Jake Lintott – Lintott, who Barbados Royals has recently signed, is likely to play a key role in CPL 2021. This left-arm wrist-spinner played a huge role in Southern Brave winning The Hundred. A lot will depend upon Lintott in the spin department. Given that pitches in the Caribbean offer support to spinners, he’s expected to bamboozle the opposition batsmen with his left-arm spinning deliveries. We think he can make a massive impact in CPL 2021. He, sure, is one player to watch out for!
- Mohammad Amir – When Amir bowls well, it’s a delightful sight in modern-day cricket. He can swing the ball both ways and disturb batsmen with his unusual line and length. In good form, he can bowl well at the start and also in death overs. Amir’s greatest ability is that he takes the wickets of key players. Playing for Pakistan, he took Virat Kohli’s wicket in important matches. Barbados Royals will be expecting him to show something similar.
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