The Caribbean players have proved to be vital in winning matches on many occasions in the IPL. When they start batting aggressively, they can change the outcome of the game in an over. A league like the IPL has showcased its talents to the whole world. Let’s look at some of the best players in the IPL.
1. Chris Gayle
He calls himself the Universe Boss”. Most cricket fans would agree with it. He has the swag and thousands of runs to match it. He scored the tournament’s all-time highest score, “175” when playing for RCB. Gayle has scored around 5000 runs solely in the IPL, which tells us far more of his accomplishments in international T20s. He is the only West Indies player to don the orange cap.
2. Dwayne Bravo
Every CSK fan would be proud of him for standing up for the team when they needed him. He picks wickets tactically and scores the boundaries when required. He has scalped 183 wickets at an average of 23.82. He has scored 1560 runs in his career spanning from 2008 to the current day. He is the only West Indian player to achieve the purple cap.
3. Kieron Pollard
Pollard is a true blue smasher. Batting in the middle order, he can score runs with massive boundaries. Debuting in 2010, he has and continues to play only for the Mumbai Indians. He scored 3412 runs in the 189 matches he’s played so far.
4. Sunil Narine
He started in the IPL as an orthodox bowler and developed himself as a reliable all-rounder. He has only played for KKR so far and was retained in 2022 too. He picked 143 wickets at an economy rate of 6.74 and also has a strike rate of 161.69.
5. Andre Russell
This Jamaican hitter is the golden boy for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Since his amazing performance in 2015, they have retained him for the following seasons. He’s hit 2030 runs in 81 innings, now that’s what shows his talent. On his good days, he’s unbeatable, and on his bad days, he’s equally bad and throws his wicket most easily.
6. Jason Holder
This Barbadian cricketer who was also the West Indies captain for a certain period currently plays for the Lucknow Super Giants. His talents were showcased in his stint with SRH. He’s a middle-order batsman and a medium-fast pacer. So far he has taken 49 wickets in 38 matches.
7. Nicholas Pooran
Pooran is a wicket-keeper batsman who has proved to be a big addition to Kings XI Punjab in the previous seasons. He is close to reaching the thousand-run mark. Still very young, he has got a bright future and a long way to go in this decorated league.
8. Shimron Hetmyer
Hailing from Guyana, Hetmyer is a player on who you can place your bets. He has taken his team home multiple times, overturning matches in the last over. So far, he has scored 831 runs
9. Evin Lewis
Lewis has played only two editions of the IPL but has proved his worth by scoring 654 runs in 27 matches, with a commendable economy. Teams really should give it a think.
10. Samuel Badree
Samuel is probably one of the most underrated players to have played the IPL. He picked 12 wickets from 11 matches and has failed to continue his success, but his short-lived IPL stint was one to remember for RCB and their fans.