In the last few years, the Caribbean Premier League has evolved as one of the most reputed T20 tournaments. The league witnesses electrifying encounters and inspiring performances of players from all over the world. Just like the other leagues in the world, CPL is also prevailed by strong-hitters who are capable of tearing apart the most structured bowling line-up. However, there are a few bowlers who kept up with the times. They have improvised and adapted to conditions in order to meet the latest demands of the format. These bowlers brought numerous strategies to trouble batsmen and make their life harder in several ways. With this, let us have a look at the top five bowlers in CPL 2021.
Ravi Rampaul (TKR)
Trinidad and Tobago pacer Ravi Rampaul recently returned to the international arena after being included in West Indies’ 15-member T20 World Cup squad. The left-arm fast bowler is presently the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League. Rampaul has scalped 19 wickets in 10 innings and an economy of 7.96 for Trinbago Knight Riders. The 36-year-old pacer was brilliant in almost every game of the season and his only lacklustre performance came in the semi-final match where he gave away 56 runs, resulting in his side’s defeat.
Odean Smith (GAW)
24-year-old pacer Odean Smith has been one of the best bowlers in the ninth season of the CPL. Smith has picked 18 wickets in 11 matches, averaging 14.88. The youngster continuously troubled some of the greatest batsmen of the tournament including the likes of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard. With his extraordinary performance this season, Odean Smith has ended the season as the second-highest wicket-taker. He is just behind Ravi Rampaul of Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR). The right-handed fast bowler has also recorded an impressive economy rate of 7.54 in the Caribbean Premier League.
R Shepherd (GAW)
Guyanese cricketer Romario Shepherd has been very impressive in recent times. He is currently placed third in the leading wicket-takers charts of the CPL 2021. The 26-year-old has claimed 18 wickets in only nine matches at an excellent economy of 7.69 and best figures of 3/15. Apart from this, Romario Shepherd has also taken five 3-wicket hauls in the ongoing CPL season. Although Guyana lost the semi-final match, Shepherd ended the season with one of the best all-round performances in T20 format.
Dominic Drakes (SKNP)
Dominic Drakes, the son of former West Indies international seamer Vasbert Drakes was brilliant with the ball this season. Drakes, with 16 wickets at an economy of 8.56 in 11 matches is fourth-highest in the wicket-taking charts. The youngster also starred in the final match of the season as he remained unbeaten 48. The Barbadian cricketer helped his team St Kitts and Nevis Patriots win the Caribbean Premier League 2021 title.
Migael Pretorius (JT)
South African right-arm medium bowler, Migael Pretorius has had an excellent outing in CPL 2021. He was one of those Proteas bowlers who could intimidate the batsmen with both pace and bounce.The 26-year-old scalped has picked up 16 wickets in 10 matches. Migael is placed fifth in the list of leading wicket-takers.