The 2017 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) ended in a one-sided contest with Chris Gayle blowing away Dhaka Dynamites with his six-hitting spree as Rangpur Riders won the title.. BPL provided enough excitement with both bat and ball. There were few brilliant knocks or spells with bat and ball in BPL. Which was your favourite one? Cricwizz lists down top five BPL memories.
Shahid Afridi’s show: The retired Pakistan all-rounder performed brilliantly with both bat and ball for Dhaka Dynamites. He bowled a match-winning spell of 4/12 and played a useful cameo of 37 against Sylhet Sixers in the league phase. Overall, he took 15 wickets at a brilliant average of 14 in 8 games. He has also scored a quick 15, 20 whenever there was a need to do so. He scored 126 runs @ 15.75 at a strike rate of 168. Overall, Afridi was brilliant in the tournament.
Mohammad Nabi’s captaincy: He was asked to lead Comilla Victorians in the absence of regular skipper Tamim Iqbal. He led with aplomb helping Victorians win three matches out of four. He took 6 wickets out of four games. He led from the front, opening the bowling and taking the pressure on himself. He could not contribute much with the bat, but he has done enough to at least merit a place in the XI once Iqbal returned to captain the side. However, Nabi was unceremoniously dumped from the XI. But Nabi won hearts with his spirited performance in the few matches he led for Comilla Victorians.
Chris Gayle’s six-hitting spree: Rangpur Riders were lucky to have Chris Gayle in their squad. Gayle struggled in the league phase. But he lifted his game in the play-offs to hit two tons and win the title for Riders. He crossed the 11,000-run mark in T20 cricket and became the only cricketer to score 20 tons in this format. He scored 126* against Khulna Titans in Eliminator and 146* against Dhaka Dynamites in final. Overall, in these two games, he slammed 32 sixes. He will remain the biggest factor to Riders’ fortune in this tournament.
Shakib Al Hasan’s all-round show: The Bangladesh all-rounder emerged the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 22 wickets @13.22 in 13 games. It was his all-round show in the last league clash that saw Dhaka Dynamites grab the top two spots in points table. Shakib also scored 211 valuable runs with the bat to give the all-round edge to Dynamites’ prospects. Shakib’s brilliant run with the ball will be edged in fans’ memories.
Ravi Bopara’s show: The England cricketer was unlucky to see few of his best innings in BPL ending up in losing causes. He, however, was pretty consistent with the bat, and played few brilliant knocks in tough and pressure situations but it does not yield a win all the time. However, he had the satisfaction of ending up being part of a winning team of Rangpur Riders. He was the third highest run-getter in the tournament with 365 runs @ 40.55 in 15 matches.
Verdict: It’s Chris Gayle for he lifted his team with two power-packed tons in the play-offs. Well done, Gayle.