5 Caribbean Premier League stars who never got a chance in the Indian Premier League


This is the irony of cricket that even if some players succeed in a particular tournament; the same player may not shine in other. Ever since T20 has been introduced the performance of the players have become unpredictable more than ever. Of late, it has become very common that the players are thriving for T20 rather than their international tournaments where they are representing their respective countries. In that case, the Indian Premier League, better known as IPL, is majorly responsible for its highest-grossing revenue in sports business. The IPL business is running for over a decade and has succeeded in establishing a legacy.

On the other hand, the Caribbean Premier League or CPL has started its journey in 2013 and is gaining its popularity. There are many players who participate in both leagues; notwithstanding, some of them did not get the opportunity to play in IPL as they were left out in the auction. So, let us have a look at the five top players who failed to make it to the IPL despite a robust performance at CPL.

  • Chadwick Walton

Chadwick Walton is a Jamaican player and has been playing T20 cricket for quite some time; according to his T20 career statistics, he has played 63 matches and scored 1572 runs. His average run rate is 27.10, and he has eight half-centuries under his belt with a 120 mark strike rate. However, the 34 years old top-order batsman could not create an impression to get selected in IPL. His T20 career statistics say that he scored 97 against Barbados Tridents at Sabina Par, Kingston in 2016. He was playing for Jamaica Tallawahs, and according to the experts, with his skills, the average run rate could be a little better.

  • Andre Fletcher

Andre Fletcher, 31 years old batsman is a star leading player in CPL. He has bagged 11 half-centuries and scored 1686 runs till now with an average run rate of 33.05. He scored 84 runs in 2017 against Tallawahs. However, St Lucia-franchise lost the game by five wickets. The Grenada-born plays attacking game, and he also enlisted in 2018 IPL auction at 50 lakh rupees but could not get the opportunity to get selected by any club. He will be playing for Zouks in the upcoming CPL season.

  • Sheldon Cottrell

Sheldon Cottrell has shown his remarkable performance both for West Indies and in CPL. He played 42 matches till now and collected 57 wickets. The left-hander can play equally well both in the early over and death over. This tall fast bowler has the subtle skill to maintain line and length while throwing bouncers and Yorkers. His average is 19, and his economy is 7.28, which are pretty good. However, his statistics are not up to the mark in terms of top T20 wicket-takers’ bowling economy. Right now he is playing for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots; he was a part of 2018 and 2019 IPL auctions but could not get selected.

  • Johnson Charles

Johnson Charles, the 30 years old batsman is seemed to dominate the field with his batting skill. He has been a constant part of CPL since it is introduced and played for Tallawahs, Antigua Hawksbills, and Barbados Tridents. He is currently representing Jason Holder-led Tridents. He has got a strike rate of 130, and with that, he has earned 1427 runs in 55 matches; his average run rate is 26.92. He scored nine half-centuries and has a remarkable 94 not out against Warriors in 2016. However, he has been in 2018 and 2019 IPL auction, but could not get through it.

  • Rayad Emrit

One of the fiercest bowlers in CPL is Rayad Emrit and knows how to maintain line and length to take the upper hand in the game. The 38 years old has played for the Warriors, the Patriots, and the Tridents. In the upcoming season, he will be playing for the Patriots. Till now he played 64 matches and took 73 wickets. He has an impressive economy of 7.72 and mostly bowls in the death over. However, he has been in 2018 IPL auction, but the pace bowler could not get through the bid.

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