Big Bash is one of the quick emerging leagues in cricket . It has become the second most successful cricket league, just behind India’s IPL. The fans are attending the stadiums at full houses and the TV viewership has been achieving new records day by day.
The latest installment of the Big Bash League, Season 07 started with high expectations from the fans and it lived up to them.
In this article, we have focussed on the top 5 emerging players from the BBL Season 07:
This flamboyant left-handed Western Australian batsman rose to fame with his debut in the Big Bash League. He scored 61 runs off 29 balls at the Sydney Cricket Ground against a strong Sydney Sixers’ bowling attack.
The Big Bash League 07 turned out to be Short’s dream run. He was a purple patch this season scoring four consecutive 50+ scores, of which his 122 runs off 69 balls against the Heat was his best , which is also the highest individual score in the League. He suppressed Shaun Marsh’s record of 412 runs to become the highest run-scorer in one Big Bash Season. His explosive batting and the ability to clear the ropes with ease made him a hot commodity in the IPL auction and unsurprisingly went for high stakes in the auction of 2018. He was also picked up by Australian T20I Squad for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series.
This flashy batsman can also chip in some overs with his unorthodox left arm spin. His exuberant batting and unorthodox bowling could prove to be a great asset for any cricket team and are the reasons why D’Arcy Short has become one of the most heard names in the cricketing world at present.
Jofra Archer has become one of most exciting young all-rounders in the cricket fraternity. Born in Barbados, he is ambitious to play for the English National Team.
Archer, a quirky fast bowler capable of clocking the speed of 140s at regular intervals played for West Indies Under-19 team in 2013 but after suffering a back injury he slipped out of the Barbados team. He instead started playing for the Sussex’s Second String team.
Hobart Hurricanes picked this young ‘unknown’ pacer for their 2017-18 campaign making all heads turned up and Archer didn’t disappoint them. Archer turned out to be their leading wicket taker picking up 16 at 23.06. His ability to fire on quick yorkers at the death made life difficult for the batsmen to face him and his proactive fielding made sure that the batsmen were always on their toes when the ball moves to this man. Along with batting and fielding, his big hitting abilities make him one of the very few cricketers who are equally good at all the three known departments of the game. These skills of him made him team’s prime choice for all-rounder in the IPL Auction’2018 and as expected he went for big bucks to the Rajasthan Royals team.
But he needs to wait for his dream to play for England National Team to be fulfilled as it would be a seven-year qualification to play for England, not until the year of 2022-23, even if at the speed he is developing would deny international cricket of a gifted cricketer for around four years, frustration no doubt for West Indies cricket.
This multi-talented sportsman from South Australia is a prodigy. After plying trades in the Australian Rules Football, having captained them in 2010,he decided to return home to South Australia after a slide down in his career in the next couple of years.
His cricket career began in South Australia. His initial days in career was more filled with failures which he overcame slowly to get selected in the South Australian squad for 2013-14 season. This is when he decided to learn wicket keeping and became pretty good in it.
The Big Bash League 07 turned out to be quite a successful one for Carey. The southpaw’s consistent performances meant that Strikers always put up good scores of chased down totals with ease. His season best performance came against the Hurricanes when he scored 100 against them. He stood second on the leading run scorers’ list with 443 runs at an average of 49.22 .His consistent match winning performances helped the Strikers clinch their maiden Big Bash title this season.
After he missed out on the WK’s slot in the Australian Team for the 2017-18 Ashes Series he was called on for the national duties for The T20I Tri Series.
The Western Australian Southpaw caught everyone’s attention as the18-year old smashed 157 runs in only his third game breaking a 115 year old record. After his record breaking innings,the cricketing world had a lot of expectations from this young man,but as they say “Expectations Lead To Disappointments”. With expectations comes pressure and his career went direction less later on, so much so that he moved to Victoria Team from his Western Australia Home squad.
The Big Bash Season 07 was a comeback of sorts for the current 26-year old. After playing for the title-winning Scorchers team, being in and out of the team, he was bought by the Renegades in the sixth season. After a less attractive debut season for the Renegades, he started the season 07 amidst not much expectations from the fans. He answered all the critics questioning his place in the team with consistent performances for the Renegades. He has only registered two half centuries but as an opener he always gave the team the kind of start they required by scoring quick runs. He ended the season with 324 runs at an impressive strike rate of 129.08 .
So,after having a successful BBL campaign, the batsman will hope to deliver match winning performances for the Victoria team and catch the national team selectors’ eye.
This teen sensation from Afghanistan needs no introduction. The “ICC Associate Player Of The Year 2017” has taken the cricketing world by storm with his unpredictable wrist spin bowling .
After a successful debut IPL season he was snapped up by the Strikers for the BBL 07 amidst much fame. As expected from him, he choked the batsmen with dots frequently and picked up wickets at regular intervals in the Big Bash league this term. He picked up 18 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of just 5.66 at an average of 14 including 112 dots. His ability to surprise the batsmen with his variations and not giving them a chance to get under the ball made life difficult. It was seemingly like the batsmen were literally playing a 16-over game trying to avoid losing their wickets in Rashid’s overs . His match winning performances helped Strikers beat strong teams like Scorchers And Hurricanes and reach the finals. Unfortunately, he couldn’t play the final game of the season as he had to fulfill his national duties, but the team didn’t make his absence felt in the finals and clinched the title.
The 19-year old’s prospects have helped Afghanistan attain a status in test cricket and he still has a long way to go ahead in his career and to aid his national team to reach successful heights .