The first cricket game was arguably played around 1918, but the first official game was played in India in June 1932. Since then, Indian Cricket players have gone on to play for other countries due to their prowess in the game. The Caribbean Premier League, or CPL as it’s commonly known, is one of them. Today, we look at five famous CPL Indian players still playing in 2021.
The leg spinner became one of the first CPL Indian players when he joined the league in August 2020, playing for the Trinbago Knight Riders. He played against St Lucia Zouks when his team won the toss played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Spain. The spinner is also one of the oldest to be sold in the India Premier League (OPL) and featured in the T20 league.
Timil started his career in India playing for the under-19 cricket team. He also played domestically for the Gujarat Cricket team till 2010 and won five cricket hauls in India’s Ranji Trophy competition. In 2010, however, he moved to America and joined the St. Lucia Starts team. He had the best performance of any US player during the week and was named in the ICC World T20 qualifiers in 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 leagues.
Netravalkar is a fast-bowler born and raised in Mumbai who became one of the most celebrated cricket players. He was part of the 2009 Under 19 World Cup where he represented India in the highest level of the game. He moved to the US in 2015 for higher education and joined the North West Region, playing at the USACA National Championship in 2016. He will feature in the CPL 2021.
Sohal is an experienced batsman featured in 21 first-class, 32 T20s, and 25 List A for India and United States. He has also played in a few under 19 matches and Deccan Charges, Rajasthan Royals, and the Royal Challenger Bangalore teams in the IPL. In 2014, he played for the Washington Cricket League with his team Potomac. Although he hasn’t been named in any Players list of CPL 2021, Sohal is a talented batsman who would be a great addition to any team.
The dangerous leg-spin bowler was born in 1992 in Ludhiana, India, and moved to New Zealand when he was only four years old. He plays domestically for the New Zealand National Team in all formats. He bowls a mean right-arm, bat’s right-handed, and dangerously leg-spins, which he is commonly known for. In January 2018, he hit number 1 ranking for the T20I bowlers jumping from number 10 at the end of 2017.
He made his T20 International debut when his team played against West Indies in 2014. In November the same year, he played against the Pakistan Cricket team, where he scored 63, a personal best and the best score ever accomplished by a New Zealand bat’s man.
Stay tuned for more news on what’s to come in the CPL 2021 and who will be playing in the league.