There have been some quality performances in Bangladesh Premier League 2017 after completion of the initial week and a half. More than Bangladesh, it have been the overseas players who have impressed one and all with their contributions in the early stages of this tournament. There’s still a long way to go in the league, hence you can expect players like Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman and others from Bangladesh to come up with impressive performances in the upcoming matches of the tournament.
Cricwizz takes a look at the top performers of Bangladesh Premier League 2017 so far.
Most runs – Upul Tharanga (Sylhet Sixers)
The Sri Lankan opener has played a pivotal role in Sylhet Sixers’ run towards the start of the season. Upul Tharanga tops the table when it comes to most runs having scored three half centuries already. Along with Andre Fletcher, the southpaw has taken down opposition bowling attacks as a result of which Sylhet Sixers find themselves at the top of points table.
Things haven’t gone according to plan for Sixers in the last two matches but Upul Tharanga’s consistency gives them a assurance that the aggressive Sri Lankan would probably continue to shine and take them into play-offs. With an average of just below 50 and strike of 130, Tharanga has the ability to keep going along in the same manner and no bowling attack is good enough to stop him.
Best average – Ravi Bopara (Rangpur Riders)
To start off with an average of 131.00 in three matches, England’s Ravi Bopara comes first in the list of best batting averages. Bopara has played three innings and has been dismissed only once in them – that’s probably the reason why he’s at the top of this ladder. The all-rounder loves to play in sub-continent conditions and Rangpur Riders would expect him to deliver in the similar manner for rest of the tournament.
Marlon Samuels who is a part of Comilla Victorians and Lendl Simmons who plays for Rajshahi Kings are the two batsmen who average in the 90s and come next in this list of batting averages. The conditions in Bangladesh are somewhat similar to conditions in the Caribbean, therefore these two West Indian might prove to be game changers for their respective teams with plenty of matches remaining.
Best strike rate – Shahid Afridi (Dhaka Dynamites)
Boom Boom Shahid Afridi announced his arrival in BPL 2017 with a belligerent performance against table toppers Sylhet Sixers. With his knock of 37 off 17 deliveries and bowling spell of 4 for 12 only in his first match of the season, Afridi bagged the Man of the match award. Initially Afridi partnered along with Sunil Narine as a result of which Dhaka Dynamites managed to restrict Sylhet Sixers to a paltry score of 101 in 20 overs.
The two spinners took 7 wickets altogether and absolutely choked the opposition with their magic. Later, along with Evin Lewis who was his opening partner, Shahid Afridi punished all bowlers having scored close to 60 runs in the first 4 overs of the run chase. The veteran showed us why he can still be considered as one of the best all-rounders when it comes to T20 cricket. He might have retired from international cricket, but seeing Shahid Afridi perform across various T20 leagues is an absolute treat for his fans.
Most wickets – Liam Plunkett (Sylhet Sixers)
Another reason for Sylhet Sixers’ excellent run in the tournament has been Liam Plunkett’s contribution with the ball. The English pacer has been precise with his bowling and his variations has made it difficult for batsmen to get away. As a result of that, Plunkett has managed to put batsmen under pressure and outfox them eventually.
Liam Plunkett has bagged 6 wickets in 3 games with a bowling average of 13.33 and an outstanding economy of 6.66! Taskin Ahmed of Chittagong Vikings and Abu Jayed of Khulna Titans have taken six wickets as well but both of them have proved to be expensive unlike Liam Plunkett.
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