Bangladesh Premier League 2017 is in its final stage with the play-offs set to roll out on Friday to decide the finalists. It has been an eventful BPL ride as we have seen many pathbreaking performances in this tournament. Cricwizz takes a look at the cricketers who made the biggest impact in BPL 2017.
Mohammad Nabi: For Nabi himself, this tournament helped him find himself as an opening bowler, skipper and face disappointment simultaneously of being benched despite good performances as skipper-player. Nabi was there for a few matches, but his contribution towards giving Comilla Victorians the initial winning momentum (3 wins out of four as captain) cannot be underestimated. He even took the challenge of opening the bowling and taking on the challenges head on.
Tamim Iqbal: He took over after Nabi and led Comilla Victorians with aplomb, carrying the good done by the Afghanistan all-rounder. He was coming off an injury and showed no signs of it once he came back into the playing XI. He has to handle star players in Shoaib Malik, Marlon Samuels and he did that admirably. Thanks to his leadership and batting performances, Iqbal led Comilla Victorians to the top of points table.
Shahid Afridi: He may not be same marauder batsman as he was in his prime. But it is not easy to ignore Shahid Afridi altogether. He played few brilliant cameos with bat and ball. He is still an asset in the shortest format of the game. He provided that X factor to Dhaka Dynamites who sealed a qualifier spot in the play-offs. Afridi continues to live and die by the sword, but when he is in full flow, bowlers run for cover and that happened in 2017 BPL. Even post retirement, Afridi continues to make an impact in this format.
Shakib Al Hasan: He is one of the best all-rounders in the world currently and he lived up to his reputation by helping Dhaka Dynamites seal the Qualifier spot in play-offs. He was excellent with both bat and ball in the tournament. His all-round show against Rangpur Riders in the last league clash helped Dynamites book the top two slots. He is the highest wicket-taker in BPL so far with 19 wickets @ 12.94 in 11 games. With the bat, he scored 176 runs @ 25.14 in 11 games.
Ravi Bopara: The England cricketer is the highest run-getter in the tournament so far, but he has been rather unlucky as he has not been able to inspire his team Rangpur Riders to more wins despite his consistent show with the bat. He has cracked two fifties in 12 matches and both have ended in a losing cause. He is the highest run-getter in the tournament so far, scoring 365 runs @ 45.62 at a strike rate of 115.87. But thanks to his consistent show, he made himself noticed in the tournament and may get lucrative T20 contracts in the future.