Darren Gough lines up his best picks from CPL 2016
Jamaica Tallawahs restricted Guyana Amazon Warriors to 93 runs in what turned out to be a one-sided final and chased down the target in 12.5 overs with Gayle slamming a 27-ball 54.
The 2016 edition of the CPL threw up many memorable encounters and it was a tournament filled with exciting Twenty20 action.
However, according to Gough, the best game of the tournament was the seventh match where Gayle, with an unbeaten 108, helped Jamaica Tallawahs chase a target of 192 runs to defeat Trinbago Knight Riders by seven wickets.
“The game of the tournament for the CPL for me was the (Trinbago) Knight Riders, 191 for four with the likes of (Brendon) McCullum, (Hashim) Amla, and DJ Bravo in the side,” Gough told Unibet.
“But it was the (Jamaica) Tallawahs, captained by (Chris) Gayle knocked them off, 192 for three.
“Gayle (scored) 108, and Sangakkara there, in the wings. Brilliant side.”
Andre Russell took home the player of the tournament award and he scored 286 runs at a strike rate of 172.28 and hit a crucial century in the semi-final.
However, Gough picked Dwayne Bravo as an honourable mention for the Trinbago Knight Riders’ skipper scored 177 runs and was the best bowler with 21 scalps to his name.
“The official player of the tournament was Andre Russell. It is hard to look past him, nearly 300 runs at a strike rate of over 170 and he nipped in with a 11 important wicket.
“But let us give a mention to DJ (Dwayne) Bravo. Runs, 21 wickets, he became the leading wicket-taker.”
Sohail Tanvir, who picked 20 wickets at an average of 14.85, was the best bowler of the tournament according to Gough.
“For the bowler of the tournament, I am going to go for Sohail Tanvir from Guyana Amazon Warriors.
“He was the one I picked at the start of the tournament… he got 20 wickets.”
Among the batsmen, there was immense competition as four players scored over 400 runs, while three scored over 300 and as many as 13 players piled on more than 200 runs in the tournament.
Chris Lynn turned out to be the highest run-scorer with 454 runs at an average of 45.40 with three fifties to his name.
However, Gough picked Chris Gayle as his best batsman in the tournament for the Jamaica Tallawahs skipper scored 425 runs from 13 games including two fifties and a century and hit the most sixes in the competition.
“The best batsman is a hard one.
“Because Chris Lynn from Guyana put in a fantastic tournament with over 400 runs.
“So did Chris Gayle, (he hit) 37 sixes. It is hard to look past him and they are on the winning side.
“Amla had a good tournament for the Knight Riders.
“But I’ve got something controversial, I’ve got to go for Chris Gayle.”
The 2016 edition of the CPL was the first to stage matches in Florida, where a total of six games were played in Lauderhill between 28th and 31st July.
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