September 25, 2022
CPL 2022 – Jamaica Tallawahs Rovman Powell

After rain and a wet outfield delayed the start of the game and the St Kitts pitch picked up, the spinners got sharp turns and bounce even with the new ball. Amazon Warriors had a trio of spinners – Tabrez Shamsi, Imran Tahir and Gudakesh Moti – in their ranks but Powell relied on his defense and calmly dismissed them. He scored 8 off 24 balls against spin, but broke the extra momentum of Odion Smith and Romario Shepherd, helping them chase down 143 runs with four wickets and four balls to spare the Tallawahs by scoring 36 off 14 balls.

Powell said, ‘To be honest, this is one of my better innings in the CPL. “I’ve always had the ambition to finish the game for my team and doing that in that match made me feel happy. I got stuck in tough times – [it’s] Something I wanted to do – and then you finally earn the right to dominate. I think I did well in that game. ,

Powell credits Marlon’s older brother, Robert Samuels, who made him believe he could extend his game against spin, a weakness he had in the past. Lately, Powell has become more confident in sweeping and using his feet against the spin, which has opened up other options for him.

“When spin comes on us, as big-hitters or batsmen, we don’t rely on our defense or technique. If we can do it long enough and as I said, that [Robert Samuels] Gave me more options to deal with spin and those options are still working.”

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“The good thing that Robert Samuels has known from me [since] I was a kid,” Powell said. “He’s been my coach for a very long time now. I realized at the international level that I have some problem with spin and he sat by my side for all these days and gave me better options to play spin. Just tells me to continue to trust myself and trust my defense because that’s what gets us down sometimes.

“When spin comes at us, as big-hitters or batsmen, we don’t rely on our defense or our technique. If we can do it long enough… and as I said, it taught me to tackle spin. And those options seem to be working so far. So, hopefully that will provide more interaction with Robert and working with him [even] More options and help me during my career.”

It’s still early days in the CPL, but there are already signs that it could be a highly competitive season. All sides are now on board and on Thursday defending champions St Kitts and Nevis Patriots returned to contention by becoming the first team to successfully chase down 20-plus runs in the final over of the CPL.

“Yeah definitely [this is a very competitive season], When you look at all the teams – the composition of all the teams – they are equally matched,” Powell said. “It boils down to the performance of the team that day and that’s what cricket is about. [In the] Years passed in CPL, we have teams that are much better than others, so people know the outcome of the game sometimes even before you play the game. This year offers something different not only for the players but also for the fans. So, that’s great.”

Powell also brilliantly appraised seamer Nicholson Gordon, who has brought some zip and energy to the Tallawahs’ attack with his tough length and ceremonies. Gordon, 30, made his CPL debut this season and has emerged as an unlikely hero for the Tallawahs after impressing 66th, where he was joint highest wicket-takerWith six strikes in three innings.

“This [Gordon’s progress] It’s great. Sometimes he goes for a few runs, but he is always the one who is going to give you wickets. Wickets are important in T20 cricket. Over the years he has been playing consistently for Jamaica and when he gets a chance for A team cricket, he will also do well. The hard work he has put in has a fair reward and after coming to the Tallawahs now all that hard work is paying off for him.”

Devarayan Muthu is the Deputy Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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