CPL 2014: Picking a Team of the Tournament XI
Following Saturday's 2014 Caribbean Premier League final, which saw Barbados Tridents overcome Guyana Amazon Warriors to claim the title, we reveal our team of the tournament chosen from the past five weeks of thrilling Twenty20 action.
So let us know your thoughts on the XI we have gone for…
1. Chris Gayle (Jamaica Tallawahs)
One of only three players to score a hundred in the tournament—Chris Gayle's unbeaten 111 from just 63 balls in his second knock to help beat St Lucia Zouks was also the highest score of the entire CPL 2014—the Jamaica Tallawahs skipper also ended the competition with the joint most amount of sixes, 24, tied with Guyana’s Lendl Simmons.
2. Martin Guptill (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Martin Guptill, the 6'2" New Zealand opener, was a model of consistency with the bat for Guyana during the CPL 2014, with no one matching either the big-hitting 27-year-old’s total of five half-centuries or his impressive final average of 51.14.
3. Lendl Simmons (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
The elegant Guyana opener finished as the leading scorer in the tournament after amassing an eye-catching 446 runs in his 11 matches, including a competition-high 33 boundary fours, as Simmons' franchise finished as runners-up to Barbados in Saturday’s final.
4. Dwayne Smith (Barbados Tridents)
Dwayne Smith, Barbados’ destructive opener, was the only batsman to register two centuries in this year’s CPL, the highest of which was a sensational 69-ball 110 not out—including seven fours and eight sixes—to help see off the challenge of St Lucia last month.
5. Shoaib Malik (Barbados Tridents)
A brilliant campaign with both bat and ball from the experienced Pakistan limited-overs all-rounder went a long way to helping Barbados claim the title. The 32-year-old Shoaib Malik scored 406 runs at an average of 50, including a man-of-the-match 55 not out in the final. He picked up two wickets along the way.
6. Marlon Samuels (Antigua Hawksbills)
Marlon Samuels, the Antigua captain, put himself in the CPL record books by scoring the fastest ton in the competition’s history, a breathtaking 106 not out from just 52 deliveries. That included with 10 fours and eight sixes—in an ultimately losing cause against Guyana earlier this month. The 33-year-old also snared two wickets for his team.
7. Denesh Ramdin (Guyana Amazon Warriors, Captain and Wicketkeeper)
The 29-year-old stumper led his franchise all the way to the final with a series of immaculate displays behind the stumps and some blistering batting performances too. Denesh Ramdin ended the CPL 2014 with 250 runs, including three fifties, at an intimidating strike rate of 142.04.
8. Samuel Badree (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel)
Samuel Badree was the hardest bowler to score off in the CPL 2014, with the 33-year-old ending the tournament with a miserly economy rate of just 4.41 runs per over from the nine matches he played in. He also grabbed 11 wickets.
9. Sunil Narine (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Yet another typically mesmerising campaign with the ball from Sunil Narine, the West Indian off-spinner, helped propel Guyana all the way to the final. The 26-year-old picked up 2-for-20 in a losing cause as part of the tweaker’s overall haul of nine wickets in the competition in just eight games at a paltry 4.5 runs per over.
10. Krishmar Santokie (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Krishmar Santokie, Guyana’s left-arm paceman, finished the CPL 2014 with 17 wickets as his franchise were runners-up to Barbados in a final in which the 29-year-old took 3-for-19. The Amazon Warriors’ opening bowler also claimed the best figures in the whole competition after capturing 4-for-11 to help beat St Lucia last month.
11. Ravi Rampaul (Barbados Tridents)
One of the main reasons behind Barbados’ CPL 2014 triumph was the outstanding form of their opening bowler, Ravi Rampaul, with the experienced West Indian limited-overs specialist ending as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 18 scalps from his 10 matches, including a competition-high three four-wicket hauls along the way.