- Sanjay Sanapoori | September 30, 2022 | 12:41 pm
After finishing at the bottom of the table last season, Barbados Royals are one win away from completing a remarkable turnaround. Even if they don’t win the Finals, the way they came back this season alone is inspirational. Last season, they could not buy a win, finishing last with just three wins. This year they have only lost two games.
A key factor from last year to this year would be role clarity. Rahkeem Cornwall for instance has been used consistently at the top. He is getting the team off to solid starts, and has also provided tidy spells with the ball. This season, they had to contend with the absence of Quinton De Kock and captain David Miller at various intervals. Despite both missing out on a set of games,, Barbados managed to keep the players in their set roles. In Miller’s absence, Kyle Mayers stepped up beautifully as captain. Along with Kyle Mayers, Barbados Royals had Jason Holder, their former captain to help ease the transition.
Another aspect that has helped Barbados Royals is the fact that their players played to their potential. Kyle Mayers career graph has been on a constant rise over the last year. He is quickly growing to be one of the best players at present for the West Indies. This season he has proved why he is the best in the region, with consistent scores at the top and crucial wickets with the ball.
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Obed McCoy is another player that is peaking at the right time. He is a proven wicket-taker and is also on the rise as his bowling continues to impress. Along with Jason Holder, Obed McCoy is often tasked with the tough overs and is doing a really good job bowling in the death. His partner in the death is another reason behind Barbados Royals success this season. Jason Holder is famous for his height and awkward bounce, which fetches him a lot of wickets in the middle-overs. His wickets often stall oppositions, making it easy in the death. Along with his bowling, his batting has also been good this season. He has moved around the line-up, but is taking the responsibility to bat steadily while maintaining a good strike-rate.
Other factors behind their success are squad depth and young talent. Despite losing players to national duty and injury. Barbados Royals had enough back up to make up for the losses. In Bosch and Simmonds, Royals have two players contributing heavily. Both are consistently bringing out performances while Bosch’s extra pace has helped him find extra success. His fielding has also been a strong contributor this season. With some nice young talent, and players in peak form, Barbados Royals have it settled this season and are looking very stable.