“IPL really got my career back on track”: Obed McCoy aims to win CPL 2022 with Barbados Royals

Obed McCoy, who represented Rajasthan Royals in the 2022 season of the IPL, is all set to play for Barbados Royals in the 10th edition of the Caribbean Premier League.

The left-arm seamer missed out at U -19 level in 2016, and then at senior level in 2021, but now he’s stronger than ever and raring to go.

McCoy had started his T20I career as a slower-ball specialist at the death after having done that job in the IPL 2022.

He was West Indies’ sixth bowler on T20I debut and bowled overs 13,15 and 20 against England in Basseterre, the same venue, where he picked up 6 for 17 to knock India out.

At the IPL 2022, McCoy had perfected the big, dipping back-of-the-hand slower variation.

Ahead of the season opener, McCoy talked about his time at the IPL and how it helped him get back to form. McCoy said that the two months he spent in India really helped him get his career back on track.

The 25-year-old stated that he now wants to continue evolving as a player and understand the game better.

McCoy further added that he just wants to work his way up to the top as much as he can, starting with helping his team win the trophy.

McCoy said he has settled well into the team because there are a lot of familiar faces with whom he has worked in the IPL.

“It’s obviously a new franchise for me but I’ve settled well into the team because there are a lot of familiar faces in our camp. It’s like a continuation from the IPL itself, and I am glad that the franchise has again put their faith in me. I feel at home here and that helps me in approaching games with confidence,” McCoy said.

McCoy played seven games in IPL 2022 and picked 11 wickets at an average of 21.55 and an economy of 14.09. He gave a couple of match-winning performances as well to help Rajasthan qualify for the playoffs.

The Royals will also have new captain David Miller joining the squad later in the tournament.

“It is something that is relatively new to him, but seeing him, I think it’s a job that fits him. He’s a really experienced player and I’m sure he’s always learning, which applies to captaincy as well. He’s been in exceptional form of late and we are hoping he can lead us from the front with passion and help the team in doing the best.”

McCoy will be one of the key bowlers in the Barbados Royals’ line-up alongside Jason Holder and Oshane Thomas.

“I’m really excited for this season. I think those couple of months (IPL) really got my career back on track, and I just want to continue evolving as a player, understand the game better and just work my way up to the top as much as I can starting with helping my team win the CPL trophy.” He added

McCoy’s Barbados Royals will play their first game of the season against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on September 2.

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