Whenever we talk about T20 cricket, we think of the Caribbean players and without them no T20 league is possible at all. Over the years, the Caribbean stars have changed in the IPL. Previously, there were Gayle, Rampaul etc. but now the new stars like Pooran, Hope, Hetmyer have taken over. While some evergreen legends like Russell and Narine are still there. In IPL 2024, we will witness 10 Caribbean stars in 6 different teams.
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West Indies Players in Rajasthan Royals
Having played for the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals before, Rovman Powell is all set to play for a third IPL franchise in 2024. The Rajasthan Royals bought him for 7.4 crores in the auction. The current T20I captain of West Indies scored 132 runs in the 5 match T20I series against England. Powell joined Shimron Hetmyer in the Royal Squad. Hetmyer scored 300 runs in IPL 2023 at an average of 37 and a strike rate of 152, hence Royals retained him for IPL 2024.
West Indies Players in Lucknow Super Giants
The former West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran will play for Lucknow Super Giants along with Kyle Mayers. Mayers scored the 2nd most number of runs for LSG while Pooran was the 3rd highest run getter for LSG in IPL 2023. Both the batters scored over 350 runs and were retained. Mayers has had ups and downs in his recent run, as he has a few big scores but the string of low scores is quite bigger. Nicholas Pooran scored 149 runs in the 5 match T20I series against England including his 82 against in the 3rd T20I.
West Indies Players in Kolkata Knight Riders
The Kolkata Knight Riders will have 3 West Indians in their unit. Sherfane Rutherford made a grand entry to the squad as he was bought for 1.5 crores. He has close to 2000 T20 runs at an explosive strike rate and also offers occasional medium pace bowling. He batted really well in the ODI and T20I series against England.
The other two Caribbean stars in the KKR side are Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. Both were retained by KKR for another season. Russell was able to scored 227 runs and managed 7 wickets in 14 games of IPL 2023. His season was decent. Narine on the other hand took 11 wickets in 14 games. Both the star players were not able to do anything extra-ordinary in IPL 2023. Russell recently scored 105 runs including a half century in the 5 match T20I series against England. Narine on the other hand was outstanding in the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2023.
West Indies Players in Mumbai Indians
The Mumbai Indians traded the Caribbean all-rounder Romario Shepherd from Lucknow Super Giants. Shepherd played only 1 game of IPL 2023. He also played just one T20I of the 5 match T20I series against England where he had figures of 1/22. He has played 100 T20 matches scoring 866 runs at an average of 22 and picking up 111 wickets.
West Indies Players in Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore opted for Alzarri Joseph in the IPL 2024 Auction. Joseph was an expensive player in this year’s IPL auction, getting picked for 11.5 crores. In IPL 2023, he played for Gujarat Titans picking up 7 wickets in 7 matches. He played 3 T20Is against England, picking up 6 wickets but his economy rate was as high as 12.
West Indies Players in Delhi Capitals
The ODI Captain of West Indies will make his IPL debut this year. He was bought for 75 Lacs by the Delhi Capitals. With over 2000 runs in 91 T20 matches, Hope is not considered a specialist T20 batter. He is more renowned for his stroke making rather than fireworks. But, if you need an anchor in the lineup with an added wicket keeping bonus, then Shai Hope can be good. He scored 122 runs in the 5 match T20I series against England recently. In this series as well, his strike rate was just 118.
List of West Indian Cricketers in IPL 20234
Following is the list of 12 players from West Indies who were willing to complete teams & squads for IPL 2024 edition: