During Lockdown, I’ve watched my fair share of cricket highlights on YouTube.
There are a few players that have come to my attention whilst I’ve been binging on the Big Bash, West Indies Super50 and even succumbing to the Abu Dhabi T10. That’s not to say that I hadn’t heard of any of these cricketers. Some I was at least semi-aware of but their performances recently have peaked my interest.
We’ll start with…
Edward is a 26-year-old slow-left-armer who plays for Windward Volcanoes. He’s looked particularly good when bowling around the wicket to right-handed batsmen. He seems to bowl quite full with a side on action but gets bounce and has a habit of getting the thinnest of edges.
I’m not sure what standard of T20 is available in the West Indies beyond the CPL because Edward has only played First Class and List A cricket at professional level. He looks like he’d make a decent T20 bowler but with only six teams in the CPL, it isn’t an easy gig to get, particularly when you don’t have a history in that form of the game.
Also, it does seem unclear whether his name is actually Edward or Edwards. It varies on different sources. I like his style though. He’s enjoyable to watch.
Next up is Sohail Akhtar
34-year-old right-handed middle order batsmen Akhtar has some First Class/List A experience but as the years have gone by, he’s thrived in T20 cricket.
The Pakistani player isn’t all about muscle. Yes he can clear the ropes but he’s a stylish player, particularly when flicking onto the leg-side. He’s a little different and was the leading run-scorer in the Abu Dhabi T10.
Maybe he’s bloomed a little late for international recognition but compatriot Misbah-ul-Haq went on into his forties so who knows?
Now for… Tim David
24-year-old former Perth Scorcher David turned out for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash this year and is a fully fledged Singapore international.
He can bowl off-spin but it’s his powerful batting that caught my eye. He tends to come to the crease in the middle/lower order but packs a punch and can really raise his team’s total. With so many players moving to the top of the order in T20, having players that can do the job later on in an innings, aren’t always easy to find.
David, who was supposed to play in Nepal’s T20 competition but for COVID, is a strong asset to the Hurricanes’ batting line up. To date, he’s never played First Class cricket.
Back to the Abu Dhabi T10 and another player that stood out was… Jamie Overton
Long thought of as England material, injuries have hindered his cause whilst his twin Craig has won full international honours.
Overton was mightily effective with the ball at the Abu Dhabi T10.
He also performed better with the bat than many of the batsmen in the competition!
If England were selecting a T10 team then the 26-year-old would merit inclusion. Can he earn recognition in longer formats with the likes of Archer, Stone and Wood competing for places? He’ll have to stay fit at new county Surrey to stand a chance.