The most destructive side when they are at their best – West Indies! In recent years, West Indies cricket has focused more on limited-overs cricket, particularly the T20 format. The Indian Premier League, or simply IPL, is one of the most beloved competitions among West Indian players because it allows them to showcase their formidable and dangerous abilities.They are known for their swagger personality and for having a good time, but they can also be rather destructiveon the field. Here are ten of West Indies' most dangerous players in IPL who also plays a crucial role in their respective teams:-
10. Sheldon Cottrell
Sheldon Cottrell, a Jamaican international cricketer, is a right-arm fast-medium pace bowler with an unusual bowling action. He is one of the most promising bowlers of the West Indies and provides a variety to the bowling side. Sheldon is also a strong fielder and a hard-hitting lower-order batsman. Cottrell played his first season of IPL in 2020, where he played six matches and took six wickets. He is also popularly known for his salute celebration.
9. Dwayne Smith
Dwayne Smith, a former Barbadian international cricketer, is an impressive all-rounder. He hasaggressive and powerful batting skills and is a medium-pace bowler. In his IPL career (2008 - 2017), he had played 91 matches and scored 2385 runs with a strike rate of over 135. He had also taken 26 wickets with 4/8 as his best figure!
8. Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer, a Guyanese international cricketer, is a dynamic left-handed batsman. He made his IPL debut in 2019, and in his short career, he had scored 359 runs in 23 matches with an average strike rate of 150. His hard-hitting abilities and quick fielding make him one of the treasured players in IPL.
7. Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran, a Trinidadian international cricketer, is an exciting young talent in modern cricket. The left-handed batsman is unstoppable once he settles down at the crease. He made his debut in IPL in 2019, and since then, he had played 28 matches in which he scored 549 runs with an impressive average strike rate of 157.75!
6. Jason Holder
Jason Holder, a 6 feet and 5 inches tall Barbadian international cricketer and the former captain of the West Indies cricket team, is a right-arm fast-medium pace bowler.Holder made his debut in IPL in 2013, but it was in the 2020 season that he made his presence felt. In 2020, he played 7 matches and took 14 wickets which included a spell of 3-25, his best figure in IPL.
5. Andre Russell
Andre Russell, a professional Jamaican international cricketer, is one of the most sought-out all-rounders in IPL. Whether it is run-chases or setting big totals on the board, his team can rely on him. He made his debut in IPL in 2012, and since then, Russell played 81 matches in which he scored 1680 runs with an average strike rate of 179! He also took 68 wickets in his IPL career.
4. Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine, a Trinidadian international cricketer, is an all-rounder. He is primarily an off-spin bowler, and also, a left-handed batsman. He is a renowned bowler, with 130 wickets in 124 matches with an average economy of 6.78 in IPL. His batting skills came later on, which helped him establish himself as a batsman too. He majorly started his batting career in IPL in 2017, and in his career, he had scored 902 runs with an average strike rate of 161.
3. Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo, a Trinidadian international cricketer, is a genuine and one of the most valued all-rounders in IPL.He is well-known for both his aggressive middle-order batting and his death bowling. He had played plenty of T20s leagues and is a treasure to his team. He had played 144 matches, he has scored 1510 runs and has taken 156 wickets!
2. Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard, a Trinidadian international cricket, is an aggressive all-rounder. He is a middle-order hard-hitter and a medium pace bowler. His experience in the shortest format of cricket makes him an integral part of a team. He made his IPL in 2010, and since then, he had played 171 matches and scored 3191 runs with an average strike rate of 150. He has also taken 63 wickets. He also played a crucial part in the victory of the Mumbai Indians in 2020, when he had an average strike rate of 191 in the season!
1. Chris Gayle
The Universal Boss is here – Christopher Henry Gayle! Chris Gayle is probably the most dangerous batsman in the limited-over cricket when he is in his zone. Chris Gayle had been an absolute nightmare for some of the bowlers. Since his IPL debut in 2009, Gayle had played 140 matches in which he had scored 4950 runs, and his highest score being his epicunbeaten 175-run knock! He is undoubtedly one of the most destructive batsmen in the IPL.