Slow starts of Guyana Amazon Warriors

Introduction

As we are at the beginning of the 9th season of the Caribbean Premier league (CPL), let’s review some intersecting facts of the teams involved. If we look at the Win% throughout CPL history, Guyana has an impressive 62%-win Ratio behind the defending champions (Trinbago Knight Riders @ 67%). Guyana amazon warriors have never won a trophy so far, being agonizingly close on few occasions.

I look some of key contributors in recent seasons who are part of this year’s squad as well.

Lack of Flying Starts in Batting Powerplay

Shimron Hetmeyer, Brandon King, Hemraj Chanderpaul & Hafeez form their top order in most games. They are overall records are quite decent for Guyana, however at the start of their innings during the batting power play they seem to be playing at a very sedate pace.

For Hetmeyer & Hafeez have spent good 33% of their batting time within the batting powerplay. This has meant that they don’t really get off to a flying start or inject early momentum during their innings

No momentum during batting powerplay by Openers
No momentum during batting powerplay by Openers

Above visuals would help explain the nature of how the innings has been structured by the GAW top order. This puts additional pressure on the middle and lower middle order to be able to cover a lot of ground in a limited period. The likes of Nicholas Pooran and Shoaib Malik etc. do get squeezed to deliver their best with the mountain to climb.

Over reliance on Impressive Spin

Legendary veteran leg spinner, Imran Tahir has been in forefront of wickets & crucial spells for Guyana. He is an epitome of passion & enthusiasm at any level .He rules the middle phase of the innings. Also, while asked to perform during batting Powerplay he hasn’t disappointed them. 

Tahir has 47 Wickets at impressive ER 5.81
Tahir has 47 Wickets at impressive ER 5.81

The below visual will depict how impressively he has performed against almost every opposition in the CPL. With an exception to the defending champions & the most successful side in the CPL, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR).

Tahir has an outstanding record against all teams in CPL except TKR
Tahir has an outstanding record against all teams in CPL except TKR

Aussie off spinner Chris Green is known for bowling in the Powerplay. He has been quite frugal at it for Guyana. During some of few occasions when he is called upon in middle phase, he has been an ideal foil for Tahir.

Green is powerplay specialist for Guyana
Green is powerplay specialist for Guyana

This year they have added depth with Malik, Hafeez & Afghan spinner in their squad. Despite so many options, Guyana continues to miss an effective pace bowling option.

Couple of pace bowlers on show this season & recent seasons which are reviewed below:

Romario Shepherd he has largely been used in the second half of the innings where he has not really been a wicket taking weapon for Guyana during this middle phase of the innings.

Shepherd with 23 wickets & ER of 8.05 RPO
Shepherd with 23 wickets & ER of 8.05 RPO

While at the Slog overs he has been extremely expensive and has picked up and the occasional wicket. There aren’t many early inroads in the batting order by him.

Naveen Ul Haq Young fast bowling prospect who had decent debut season last year. He has been extremely impressive during this middle phase of the innings where he has kept the runs down and also picked up important wickets.

Impressive Debut in 2020 with good contributions towards second half of the innings
Impressive Debut in 2020 with good contributions towards second half of the innings

During this slog overs, he has been tad on the expensive side but has done a fair job in the second half of the innings but not really wicket taking during the start of the innings.

Below Visuals compares Economy & % Wicket taken by each of the 4 bowlers during each phase of an T20 Innings.

  • Power Play (overs 1 to 6)
  • Middle Phase (overs 7 to 15)
  • Slog overs (Overs 16 to 20)
Spinners with brilliant economy Rates during most phases of an innings
Spinners with brilliant economy Rates during most phases of an innings
Seam bowlers have got a low % wickets in the Batting powerplay
Seam bowlers have got a low % wickets in the Batting powerplay

Some of the Key Takeaways from the above charts are as follows:

  • Tahir’s Brilliance in Powerplay & middle overs
  • Green’s excellent powerplay performances.
  • Naveen impressive in Middle Overs only. But extremely expensive at the start as well as Closing overs
  • Shepherd Expensive & rare wicket taker in Slog overs period.

Concluding Thoughts

For Guyana Amazon Warriors to be able to go for the title this year. They definitely need to work setting themselves into a “jump -start” or Launch pad position both in batting as well as with their less celebrated seam bowlers. It is almost a given statement that, their spinners would come good yet again given the depth & variety they possess.

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