Hemraj emerges as leading run-scorer in US T20 Open
…looks to showcase his form in Regional Super50
By Timothy Jaikarran
The US T20 Open has come and gone, with the Atlanta Param Veers declared the champions over the 22 Yards Sultans.
However, when all is done and dusted, Guyana’s very own Chandrapaul Hemraj, who represented the Somerset Cavaliers, will still have something to look back on as he dominated the batting charts with much ease.
The Somerset Cavaliers were two-time defending champions, and this year they had a dream run as they won all three of their preliminary matches comfortably. This was thanks to the top-order batting of Hemraj. However, in the semi-finals, they bowed out to the 22 Yards Sultans. Despite losing their title, they still were an exceptional team.
In a total of four matches, Hemraj produced scores of 10, 43, 87 and 50 for a total of 190 runs. This earned him the award of the tournament’s highest run-scorer. He was able to score at a healthy strike rate of 163.79 and had a batting average of 63.33. As of recent, he has also proven his worth with the ball and picked up a couple of wickets as well, producing best figures of 2-10. Hemraj bowled a total of 5 overs in the tournament at a bowling average of 10.00 and an economy rate of 4 runs per over and a strike rate of 15.00.
In an interview with Guyana Times, when asked his thoughts on the tournament, Hemraj said, “I was able to receive the award of most runs in the tournament. I think the tournament was more competitive than last year, as this year there was a lot of international cricketers from various parts of the world. My main focus is the Regional Super50 in February and I’m really looking forward to it based on my current form. I believe that once I stay consistent and disciplined, I will play back for the West Indies.”
Hemraj noted that while the Cavaliers could not defend their title in the end, that was cricket, as sometimes you do get that off-day. Nevertheless, he relayed that the team had a good tournament despite not being able to defend the title.
Hemraj concluded by wishing everyone a happy holiday in Guyana and saying he was praying that everyone stayed safe.