This edition of Big Bash League has been exciting with some brilliant performances with bat and ball. Perth Scorchers top the points table at the moment with 10 points. They won five games out of six. It’s still early days in the tournament. At the mid-way of the tournament, Cricwizz takes a look at the top overseas players who have performed excellently so far in Big Bash League.
Jos Buttler: The England keeper-batsman is carrying the good form from the Bangladesh Premier League into the Big Bash League. He has scored 202 runs so far @ 33.66 in 6 games for Sydney Thunder. His best knock came against Hobart Hurricanes when he slammed 43-ball 81 with 7 fours and 5 sixes to help Thunder chase down 190. His second fifty so far also came against Hurricanes when he slammed 67 off 41 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes. He is currently the fourth highest run-getter in the tournament so far.
Dwayne Bravo: The West Indian cricketer is one of the best T20 all-rounders in this format. He bats too lower down the order to make much of an impact. But his ability to take wickets makes him among the top wicket-takers in this tournament. He has taken 12 wickets @ 15.00 in 6 games so far. He took 5/28 to help Melbourne Renegades demolish Hurricanes by 7 wickets. He looks set to top the wicket-takers’ list by the end of the tournament. Currently, he is behind Andrew Tye’s tally of 12 wickets.
Rashid Khan: Once again, the Afghan star made his presence felt with his excellent leg-spin bowling. He has taken 11 wickets @ 10.90 in 6 games so far for Adelaide Strikers. He has already bagged two ‘player of the match’ awards. He is getting recognition from all quarters for his bowling exploits. Besides, his batting cameo in the last match against Sydney Thunder where he slammed two sixes in the last over is breaking the net.
Mohammad Nabi: When it comes to all-round’s contribution in Big Bash League, it has to be of Mohammad Nabi. He got just two opportunities to bat. In the first time, he managed just 13. But he made it count in the second chance, scoring a brisk 52 off 30 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 173.33 to help Melbourne Renegades beat Melbourne Stars comfortably by 6 wickets. He has also taken 6 wickets in 6 games, proving to be the difference for his team.
Brendon McCullum: The Brisbane Heat skipper has had a below-expectation tournament so far with just one fifty to his credit in six games. He slammed an explosive 61 off 30 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes to help Heat beat Melbourne Stars by nine wickets. McCullum’s mere presence in the XI makes the bowlers go weak in the knees. With the tournament approaching business end, we might see McCullum tearing apart the bowling attack of the opposition. But his captaincy remains the biggest plus points for his side.
Verdict: Our verdict goes to Rashid Khan for living up the expectations of his and his fans in an alien conditions Down Under.