It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Barbados Tridents were the dark horses in the 2019 edition of CPL. Compared to other squads that competed against them, they didn’t have many flashy names on board who could have won matches single-handedly. Rather, it was a team effort which was the core reason for their success throughout the season.
By the end of CPL 2019, the Tridents occupied the second spot with five wins and as many losses, then suffered a defeat versus Guyana Warriors in the Qualifiers-1, but, they came back even stronger and settled the scores once and for all in the finals as they won by a margin of 27 runs.
The two-time CPL champions made some noteworthy picks in the CPL 2020 draft which can help them successfully defend their title.
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From the list of retained, signed and drafted players, here are the top 5 players from Barbados Tridents to watch out for this season.
The Englishman is rated amongst the best batsmen in the T20 circuit. Hales is an elegant striker of the ball who possesses a variety of shots in his armory. In 258 mathes that he has played, the right-hander has scored over 7100 runs at a strike rate of 142.86, and has 3 hundreds and 48 fifties under his belt.
For someone who plays so much of franchise cricket across the globe, it becomes much easier to access conditions and even change the gears quickly from an anchor to a hard-hitter.
Stoinis has enjoyed enormous success in the last two editions of BBL. He was among the top 3 leading run-scorers in the tournament and his form in the shortest format has got him tremendous attention from the cricket playing nations.
Stoinis has been a part of over 100 T20s and has struck a century and 13 half-centuries, in the process, aggregating 2430 runs at a strike rate of 128.29. With the ball, he has scraped 62 wickets so far with breakthroughs at crunch moments.
Already hailed by many cricket pundits as the greatest spinner in T20 cricket, the inclusion of Rashid Khan adds a fair amount of strength in the bowling tent of the Tridents.
Highly economical and almost unplayable when in flow, the Afghan leg-spinner has made 211 T20 appearances and has managed to grab 296 wickets at an average of 17.22.
So far, the spin maestro has snatched 6 four-fers to his name, and with the form in his stride, the Tridents would want more of his clinical exhibitions to display that would eventually take them onto the roads of galore.
If not for Johnson Charles’ stupendous exhibitions with the bat, then there’s no way Tridents would have made their way to the knockouts and then subsequently get hands onto their title in CPL 2019. The southpaw struck 415 runs with 3 fifties while batting at a decent strike rate of 122.41. His match-winning 41 against Trinbago Knight Riders in the Qualifiers 2 helped the Tridents post 160 runs on board which they managed to defend successfully.
Charles was equally effective as a wicket-keeper, as he managed to affect 7 dismissals. All in all, one has to have his eyes set on the 31-year-old this CPL T20 season.
The all-rounder impressed many with his consistent performances in CPL 2019. The left arm bowler’s pace variations got him 14 scalps in 11 matches at an average of 16.35. He enjoyed an economy rate of 7.76 and was among the third highest wicket-takers in the tournament, which made one of the prime architects of Tridents’ win in the last edition.
Though he couldn’t muster many runs to his name, he managed to bat decently on occasions and could be anticipated to grab up impressive numbers this season.