Over the years, Trinbago Knight Riders has been the most successful team of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), having won the championships four times, in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020.
It’s not their victories alone that’s impressive; it’s also how they go around winning the matches. For example, in CPL 2020, Trinbago Knight Riders won all the 12 matches they played.
They won most of the 10 league games comfortably. Compared to them, the second-ranked team on the points-table, Guyana Amazon Warriors, had won 6 of the 10 matches played. That’s the kind of pre-eminence Trinbago Knight Riders has enjoyed in CPL tournaments over the years.
And, why not? Their batting is the stuff of dreams with players like Kieron Pollard, Colin Munro, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, and Denesh Ramdin. These batters are so good that, together, they can beat many national-level T20 teams.
Besides, their captain, Pollard, is also the captain of the West Indies cricket team in limited-overs cricket. The presence of such players shows the kind of depth Trinbago Knight Riders has as a team. Munro, another of their specialist batters, is one of the most prolific batsmen of the CPL. He’s also been the top scorer of the CPL in 2018 when he hammered 567 runs.
Then, Darren has a batting average of around 32 runs in 154 Twenty20 (T20) matches, and Ramdin has an average of 23 in 225 matches. Clearly, Trinbago Knight Riders has the best batting unit of all teams in CPL 2021.
When it comes to bowling, they got a setback when their star bowler, Dwayne Bravo, joined St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. While it’s near impossible to fill Dwayne’s shoes, Trinbago Knight Riders have a champion bowler in Sunil Narine and other talented bowlers like Khary Pierre and Sandeep Lamichhane, who will ensure that their bowling is not all that weak.
Our experts, at Fun88, think that Trinbago Knight Riders have got it in them to win the CPL in 2021. If that were to happen, it would be their fifth time as the champions. Isn’t that incredible?
In this blog, we’ll talk about why Trinbago Knight Riders has the best chance of winning CPL this year, their key players, etc. So, read on…
Betting odds suggest that Trinbago Knight Riders will win the CPL for the 5th time this year
Two factors indicate that Trinbago Knight Riders are likely to emerge as winners this year. One, the quality and depth of their batting. And, two, the sheer ability to perform on the big stage. Other teams of CPL are not even half as good as Trinbago Knight Riders when it comes to performing on big occasions.
It was evident last year when they defeated Saint Lucia Kings (St Lucia Zouks) by eight wickets. Like we already said, they have got the best batting unit in the league.
Just look at the number of runs their batsmen have scored in the T20 format, Pollard (11,000 plus runs), Munro (7,500 plus runs), Simmons (7,000 plus runs), Darren (3,000 plus runs), and Ramdin (2,900 runs).
This kind of batting line-up is formidable, regardless of the league or competition they participate in, and that gives a huge edge to their team over other sides in the tournament.
Their batters routinely top the list of CPL’s top scorers, Munro (567 runs in 2018) and Simmons (356 runs in 2020).
Will Dwayne Bravo’s absence cost Trinbago Knight Riders this time?
Dwanye Bravo’s absence has definitely made Trinbago Knight Riders a weaker bowling side than they used to be. Not only was Dwanye their key bowler, he was also the leading wicket-taker of CPL in 2015 and 2016.
Therefore, it’s wishful thinking to believe that his absence does not matter to Trinbago Knight Riders. So, the logical question is: Why do we still think that Trinbago Knight Riders can win CPL 2021?
The reason is they still have a bowler like Sunil Narine, who, with his turn, can be lethal on the slowpitch of Warner Park. Besides, they have also got the emerging leg-spinner from Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane, in their line-up.
The combination of Narine’s off-break and Lamichhane’s leg-break should work well for their team. There’s no denying that Dwanye Bravo’s absence will affect Trinbago Knight Riders, but, as a team, they are so much better than other teams of the league that they still have a great chance of winning CPL in 2021.
Key players from Trinbago Knight Riders to watch out for in CPL 2021
- Lendl Simmons – In Simmons, Trinbago Knight Riders have an attacking opening batsman who scores consistently. With 58 half-centuries and one century in the T20 format, he’s a force to reckon with. He should definitely be the batsman to watch out for, if you want to bet on a player who will score most runs.
- Colin Munro – Here’s another star batter from this team, who has given nightmares to the bowlers. He has scored 45 half-centuries and four centuries in the T20 format at a strike-rate of 143. Along with Simmons, Munro also has a good chance of being the tournament’s top-scorer. These two are the mainstay of their team’s batting, and a lot will depend upon them in terms of how far Trinbago Knight Riders will go in the tournament.
- Kieron Pollard – With more than 11,000 runs and close to 300 wickets, Pollard is one of the best T20 players in the world. He’s also their captain cool, who can make his team win even in adverse conditions. Pollard can hammer bowlers all over the park, and he’s one of the best batsmen of the league.
- Sunil Narine – As a mystery spinner, Narine has been a match-winner for all the teams he has been a part of. He played a crucial role in Kolkata Knight Riders winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in 2012 and 2014. At 33, he may not be as effective as he used to be, but Narine can still get a lot of help from the slow pitch at Warner Park to win matches for his team.
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