BBL 2018 has seen some of the amazing performances and like any other season, it got better as compared to the previous. Melbourne Renegades emerged out as the winners whereas teams like Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars ran out of the luck. Players like Daniel Sams and Caleb Jewell came into limelight whereas some superstars had a dull BBL season.
Players who have impressed the most aren’t the youngsters. Old foxes Dan Christian and George Bailey aced the tournament with some magnificent action. We saw Mujeeb’s spin mystery and Jordan Silk’s composed and beautifully timed innings. Favorite of all, Heats failed to reach the playoffs once again but like always they made sure entertainment is guaranteed.
Who can forget that 158 run-chase where they touched the mark in just 10 overs?
As cricket is a team game, individual players who performed brilliantly deserve a round of applause.
Here sportsGP has compiled the best XI of BBL 2018
1. Darcy Short
It won’t be amiss to say BBL belongs to Darcy Short. In 15 innings short scored unreal 637 runs. He averaged 53 with 6 scores more than 50. He also scalped 10 wickets and bowled impressively throughout the tournament. Short was the highest scorer last year and he achieved this feat once again. He definitely deserves the opening slot more than anyone else.
2. Matthew Wade
Surprisingly, the southpaw almost shocked everyone with his sensational hitting. He amassed 592 runs in 15 innings with a healthy strike rate touching 150. Wade perhaps took his internationals omission quite hard and he had to prove his point. His bat speaks louder than his words as he emerged out to be the second highest run-scorer of the tournament.
3. James Vince
He joined Sydney Sixers after halfway mark of the tournament. Vince scored 269 runs in 8 innings he played and provided the much-needed stability to the Sixers batting order. He outperformed the likes of Chris Lynn through his consistency.
4. Ashton Turner
Turner was having an awesome BBL until he got a call up to the national side and Mitch Marsh replaced him as captain in Perth Scorchers side. Turner is a real talent who needs to be groomed. He already has turned matches on his own in BBL and if he gets a fair amount of chances, he can be the one to watch out for. Turner scored 378 runs in his BBL 08 stint. More than the stats, it’s the impact he has own game. He literally dominates on bowling side.
5. Marcus Stoinis
Did you miss him at the top?
Here is sportsGP’s MVP of BBL 08. In the 12 innings he played, he scored 494 runs and took 14 wickets. He almost single-handedly took the stars to victory. Stoinis is a world-class player and he proved that he deserves more chances top of the order. We may see stoin opening for the Aussies too. Fingers Crossed.
6. Daniel Christian
Christian is the one who made the Renegades lift up the trophy. He contributed with the bowl as well as bat whenever he got a chance. It was Christian’s all-around performances that lead Renegades to win the tournament for the first time. Big Dan scored 216 runs and took 13 wickets with best of 4-20.
7. James Faulkner
Another experienced campaigner who made the most of his BBL 08 outing. Faulkner, who was once considered as one of the best finishers in world cricket, showed he still has the spark of cricket left in him. Faulkner took 18 wickets and finished a nail-biting match with some serious hitting.
8. Rashid Khan
The young prodigy is still a mystery to resolve. In another exciting season, Rashid Khan took 19 wickets with an impressive economy of 6.14. He is also capable of launching the ball high into stands and a brilliant fielder too. Former champions Adelaide Strikers couldn’t make into playoffs but Rashid didn’t fail to impress.
9. Kane Richardson
Richardson is the highest wicket taker of BBL 08. He provided early breakthroughs throughout the tournament and bowled with accuracy in death too. He took 24 crucial wickets and his bowling proved out to be the winning factor for the Renegades.
10. Tom Curran
The Englishmen was featuring for the first time in BBL and he made sure his presence was worth notifying. Tom Curran took 20 wickets and also scored 185 important runs with a crafty inning of 62. Curran is known for his death bowling and perfect Yorkers, he made every penny counted.
11. Cameron Boyce
This might be a surprise for most of our readers but Boyce has bowled beautifully and you can’t ignore his economical bowling. He took 16 wickets with an economy of 6.44. He was the major reason for controlling the middle overs by making it difficult to score against him.
So these are sportsGP’s playing XI of BBL08. We have missed quite a few important players but that’s what happens when you have to choose the best among the bests. Let us know which players should have been included.