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Balanced, experienced Knight Riders have good chance to reclaim CPL crown claims manager Borde

By Sports Desk July 08, 2020

Trinbago Knight Riders manager Colin Borde is confident the team remains in a strong position to reclaim the title, following the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft earlier this week.

The Knight Riders, the tournament’s most successful franchise, did not make too many changes to the previous season’s roster.  The team retained all of 11 players for this season’s CPL, set to run from August 18 to September 10.

The list includes Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Amir Jangoo, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, and Muhammad Ali Khan.  They have also signed 18-year-old West Indies under-19 medium-pacer Jayden Seales, as well as carrying back Australian Fawad Ahmed and New Zealand’s Colin Munro after they had stints away last season.

“I’m very pleased with the balance of the team, certainly the captain and selection committee would have done a wonderful job in having several discussions about the balance of the team based on the types of wickets we will have in Trinidad,” Borde told Trinidad and Tobago’s 7pmnews.

“Certainly, I must commend them for sticking with the core of players that have worked with us over the years and have built a nice tight unit, and also bringing back the likes of Ahmed and Munroe,” he added.

“The balance, experience, and togetherness in this team is going to be something that will take us over the line.  We are confident that if we do all the things we need to do, do them consistently and have a bit of luck on the way, we will be competing for the title as well.”

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    Career Statistics (2009-present)

    Full name: Kane Stuart Williamson

    Born: August 8, 1990, Tauranga (29)

    Major teams: New Zealand, Barbados Tridents, Edmonton Royals, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, New Zealand A, New Zealand Cricket XI, New Zealand Emerging Players, New Zealand Under-19s, New Zealand Under-19s, New Zealand XI, Northern Districts, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Yorkshire

    Playing role: Top-order batsman

    Batting style: Right-hand bat

    Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

     

    T20I Career

    Mat   Inns   NO    Runs         HS     Ave    BF         SR     100   50         4s     6s     Ct         St

    60    58    7      1665         95    32.64         1330         125.18      0         11    170   36         27    0

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    Mat   Inns   NO    Runs         HS     Ave    BF         SR     100   50         4s     6s     Ct         St

    181   173   21    4593         101* 30.21         3681         124.77      1         31    430   115         71    0  

     

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    • T20I caps for New Zealand (60)
    • 5th most T20I runs by a Kiwi (1665)
    • Averages 32.64 in T20Is
    • 4593 T20 runs at 30.21 average
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    Full name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand) (39)

    Major teams: India, Air India Blue, Asia XI, Bihar, Bradman XI, Chennai Super Kings, East Zone, East Zone Under-19s, Help for Heroes XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, International XI, Jharkhand, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Rest of India, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sehwag XI

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    98       85      42    1617      56    37.60    1282      126.13     0      2      116     52    57     34

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    Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR         100   50     4s     6s     Ct    St

    317   283      117   6621      84*   39.88     4882     135.62      0     27    451   295   170   83

     

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    • 6621 runs at 39.88
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