St. Lucia Kings’ revival


St. Lucia Franchise has got a 3rd name during the history of the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL). From Stars to Zouks & now Kings. Since the last 4 years, this team has seen a tremendous increase in their quest for the title. 2020 saw Zouk’s playing the final which would be a very big boost to their confidence as they prepare themselves ready for CPL 2021. If we cast our minds back to 2017, when St. Lucia finished last in the league, there is only way up from there. Finalists last year was a great turnaround as illustrated in the % wins by season below.

After finishing last in 2017, being finalist in 2020 was a huge achievement
After finishing last in 2017, being finalist in 2020 was a huge achievement

With the current squad reviewed below, would this be able to take them 1 step higher & better this year.

Rakheem Cornwall’s Attack

Rakheem Cornwall has been big part of St. Lucia’s success with the bat. Among all the high profile hitters in this format for Windies cricket in general, there is vey little recognition that Cornwall the batsmen gets in the bargain.

Cornwall's power striking at the top order
Cornwall’s power striking at the top order

If we look at the History of the CPL, for players who have played over so many years in this competition, Cornwall’s batting strike rate of 159.6 is clearly among the top 10 in CPL history. He has been simply sensational for St. Lucia. Below is Cornwall’s consistent performances over the last few seasons is illustrated.

Cornwall's remarkable consistency
Cornwall’s remarkable consistency

Few years back initially he was part of the middle order since it was more of Bowling all-rounder sort of a role. However, his move to the Top order, also an opener, has really added a new dimension to his profile. Below Visual will highlight his extraordinary performances a the Top order when comparing with his initial role in the middle order.

Cornwall's destruction as opener with high boundary frequency
Cornwall’s destruction as opener with high boundary frequency

The Above visual indicates his explosive batting strike rates & also his boundary hitting frequencies. Striking a boundary every 3.5 balls means that he injects momentum at the start of their batting innings.

Roston Chase against Right-handed batsmen

Roston chase has been a regular feature for national Windies Test Team. Playing a crucial role as an all-rounder. His Skills in T20 Format has been largely out of focus for an international audience. Hence his performances for St. Lucia have been quite frugal. His Role as a batsman has been more of a support cast who keeps rotating strike based on the below scoring rate & record.

Chase's Brilliant bowling record for St. Lucia
Chase’s Brilliant bowling record for St. Lucia

However, when he played in 2018 for Barbados, he got limited opportunities, he was striking at a much impressive 144 Runs per 100 balls.

SeasonTeamInningsRunsBallsRuns Per InnStrike Rate
2020St Lucia Zouks922520425110.3
2018Barbados Trident3523617144.4
In short career with Barbados, Chase was striking much faster.

Chase’s Off spinning role in the middle of the innings has been quite a pressure exerting tactic used by the St. Lucia management. He has an incredible Economy rate of 4.66 runs per over in a T20 for St. Lucia. With an impressive bowling strike rate of 19 balls per Wicket. The most striking feature is the fact that inspite of being an off spinner who would spin the ball into the hitting arc of the Right-handed batsmen, he has a terrific record of striking a wicket every 16 balls per Wicket.

Off Spin of Roston Chase to right handers seems more effective than the conventional thought
Off Spin of Roston Chase to right handers seems more effective than the conventional thought

Revival of newly ingested Seamers

Among the Seam bowling options for St. Lucia, Kesrick Williams has been a long serving player for them. He has a decent Economy rate of 8.66 RPO & a very impressive Bowling strike rate of 15.7, one of the key considerations when you look at Economies of Seamers is that they bowl in 2 most intense phases of a T20 innings. The batting powerplay as well as the Slog overs. With that in mind, conceding below 9 RPO on an average is quite a job well done.

There are 3 other seam bowling options which the franchise has drafted in the squad. These guys have T20 franchise experience as well as CPL experience in the prior seasons. Below Table would show the number of Games & Wickets these guys have taken in the CPL which can be of welcome additions to the St.Lucia Lineup.

GuyanaKeemo Paul3188.227
BarbadosWahab Riaz1862.219
St. KittsAlzarri Joseph2175.321

Below is how all of the above 4 seamers (1 retained & 3 newly drafted) compare against each other as they would play a vital role in the upcoming CPL.

Good Bowling Strike rates with fairly decent Economy rates for Pace Attack
Good Bowling Strike rates with fairly decent Economy rates for Pace Attack

As the above visual suggests that all of the seamers have a “guaranteed Wicket taking” Strike Rate along with fairly decent economy rates, it provides great potency to the bowling attack along with the rest of the options that St. Lucia possess.

Closing thoughts

Captain Faf Du Plessis, the captain has a subdued CPL career batting record of 99 Runs per 100 balls while his overall Franchise T20 record is 132 Runs per 100 balls. He has good a well-rounded unit which can adapt to different teams & more importantly can compete with any team in the league. They would be hoping to up their intensity & go one level up in the league to win the championship.

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