The Indian Premier League is the oldest, grandest, and richest T20 league in the world and players from across the world have come and left an everlasting impact on this tournament. But even in those players from all around, the most impactful would be the players from the mighty West Indies, the team that gave T20 legends like Pollard, Bravo, Narine, and Chris Gayle. So it is quite obvious that the IPL franchises have a keen interest whenever some West Indian creates a ripple in some T20 league and one of the breeding grounds for these mighty, game-changers of this form is the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). IPL franchises keep an eye on this tournament for power hitters and all-rounders but alas not everyone goes on to become Gayle or Bravo, some also writhle under the pressure in IPL. Through this article, you will get to know the top 10 West Indians who lit the CPL but failed to make an impact in the IPL.
1. Sheldon Cottrell
The left arm pacer from Jamaica had an average of 21.57 and an economy of 7.60 in CPL and was also known for his handy contributions down the order. He was picked up by PBKS for 8.50 crores and was having a decent outing until that fateful 30 runs over against Rahul Tewatia in Sharjah. Ultimately he failed to make an impact and was released from PBKS and did not attract any new buyer in this 2021 IPL.
2. Sherfane Rutherford
The 23-year-old Guyanese is part of Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL has made runs with an average of 24.59 in CPL, but he has had a not so decent outing in the IPL where he has played 7 matches and made 73 runs with an average of 14.6. A promising young player who has not quite showcased his talent yet.
3. Carlos Braithwaite
The hard-hitting all-rounder from Barbados particularly known for his heroics in the final of 2016 T20 World Cup that helped his team clinch victory has quite a presence in T20 leagues around the world. He is a quite regular performing all-rounder in CPL but failed to make an impact in IPL with averaging 13.92 with bat and 29.15 with ball in the 16 matches played.
4. Daren Sammy
The 2 times T20 World Cup winning captain,the West Indies cricketer from St Lucia led West Indies to their first World title since the 1979 World Cup win. He has a prolific career in CPL with 84 matches under his belt but unfortunately didn't leave much of his leadership mark on IPL with just 22 matches averaging 19.67 with bat and 31.82 with ball.
5. Marlon Samuels
The hero of West Indies triumph in both their T20 World Cup wins Marlon Samuels has quite an impressive record in CPL where he averages around 25 in the 26 matches that he played with the highest score of 106 but as for IPL, He has not been that great where he played 15 matches and scored 161 runs with an average of 12.38 with a strike rate below 100.
6. Nicholas Pooran
One of the cleanest hitters of the ball of modern white-ball cricket Pooran has been quite triumphant in CPL with 1544 runs in 73 innings with an average of 25.73, while he has also made 606 runs in 31 IPL innings. The amount of ducks and single-digit scores he has made really has left his team in a state of bother.
7. Keemo Paul
A 23-year-old Guyanese all-rounder, Keemo Paul is infamous for the mankading incident in the U-19 World Cup against Zimbabwe in the quarter-finals. Apart from it, he has been quite a promising all-rounder in CPL with 33 wickets and 263 runs in 33 matches, but his IPL stats are quite pale in comparison taking 9 wickets and making just 18 runs in his 8 IPL matches.
8. Darren Bravo
Darren Bravo is a left-handed West Indian batsman who was compared with the legendary Brian Lara during the start of his career. While he has enjoyed a constant stint in CPL with 1824 runs in 84 matches he didn't get much chance in IPL with just 6 runs under his belt in the one solitary match that he played.
9. Fabian Allen
He is a Jamaican all-rounder known for being the gun of a fielder and has taken many screamers on the field. He is one of the most consistent performers in the CPL with 474 runs and 14 wickets in 28 matches but again he failed to make an impact in the IPL apart from his spectacular fielding with just 1 wicket and 6 runs in the 4 matches he played.
10. Oshane Thomas
This 6 foot 6-inch Jamaican fast bowler broke into the scene with his phenomenal performance in CPL 2017 where he bowled beautifully with the new ball. In CPL he got 38 wickets in 27 matches but was not so consistent in IPL and not given regular chances too. He still has a long way to go but until now he has had very meagre stats in IPL.