The success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) led to the worldwide T20 revolution, which was eclipsed by franchise cricket. While some turned out to be blockbusters, economically weaker countries struggled to maintain their domestic leagues. Today. Almost all the top cricket nations have their franchise league. Since 2013, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has increased in stature and range as far as franchise league cricket is concerned.
West Indies cricketers have dominated T20 cricket with their presence in all the top leagues globally. Hence the annual CPL is filled with an entertaining and distinctive Caribbean flair. It has also proved to be a pedestal for local Caribbean talents to showcase their potential. The West Indies-based league improved the quality of cricket in each edition. Has attracted many international stars around the world. Now before the kick-off of the eighth edition of the CPL, let's look at the top five leading run-scorers in tournament history.
5. Chadwick Walton: -
1779 runs Walton, one of the most explosive opening wicketkeeper batsmen of the West Indies, impressed with the bat in all seasons of CPL. Walton has scored 1779 runs in 73 matches while representing both Jamaican foothills and Guyana Amazon Warriors. The right-handed batsman has scored nine half-centuries in his CPL career with the best score of 97. Jamaica has an effective strike rate of 121.68. He scored 160 fours and 80 sixes in CPL.
4. JONATHAN CHARLES: -
The 1842 run has been a popular buy for many teams in the CPL, hard-working opener Jonathan Charles (now Johnson Charles). Charles has donated the jersey for each CPL franchise in all seasons. Charles scored 1842 runs in 68 games with a stable strike rate of 130.36. His rally is the fourth highest in the history of CPL. An attractive stroke-maker with a best of 94 *, he has scored 12 half-centuries in his career. Charles has entertained the crowd with 173 fours and 78 hits over the fence.
3. Andre Fletcher: -
1870 runs Another opener in the list of top scorers in CPL. Fletcher has scored 1870 third overall runs. The St. Lucia-based cricketer has participated in 66 games. Where he has achieved eleven 50+ scores with the best of 84 *. Fletcher is famous for using powerplay restrictions. Thus his 148 and 84 hits on the fence justify his limit count.
2. Lendl Simmons: -
2080 runs One of the youngest T20 batsmen of his round, Lendl Simmons is the second-highest run-scorer in the CPL who has scored 2080 runs with a strike rate of 120. Simmons has represented the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Talva, St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars, and Trinbago Knight Riders. He has played 71 games in total. Also, Simmons has a good chance of hitting 168 fours and 105 sixes in CPL. His best CPL score is 97.
1. Chris Gayle: -
2354 runs There is hardly any list of highest run-scorers in T20 cricket, which is complete without its cowherd, Chris Gayle. The Vis Universe boss won the CPL title with the Jamaican Tallawahs before stepping into the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. A few months ago, Gayle was in the news due to his bad relationship with the Tallawahs. The manner of professional T20 franchise cricket has dominated the run-scoring charts in the CPL with 2354 runs, the most by any batsman in the tournament. Also, 'Gayle-Storm' scored on four occasions in the CPL, where it recorded a score of three. Also, Southpaw has thirteen 50+ scores to his name and his monumental limit of 334 (172 fours, 162 sixes). Overall, Gayle has a strike-rate of 133.44 in his CPL career. However, fans will be disappointed with the absence of the tournament's leading run-scorer in the eighth season. Gayle pulled out CPL 2020, citing personal issues.