BBL has been one of the most popular T20 leagues in the world after IPL and here we bring to you the top 10 highest wicket takers in BBL so far:
10. Kane Richardson – 35 – (Adelaide Strikers)
Right arm pacer Kane Richardson has taken 35 wickets in BBL playing for Strikers since the 2011 BBL season. His best bowling is 3/9 and his Big Bash exploits have made him a valued member of the Australian international team as well. He recently contributed brilliantly in the Indian Premier League as well.
9. Nathan Rimmington – 37 – (Melbourne Renegades, Perth Scorchers)
Nathan Rimmington has picked up 37 wickets in 39 BBL matches from 2011 onwards. He has represented 2 teams so far, the Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers. The right arm swing bowler is perhaps one of the best death over bowlers and has been performing brilliantly in that role for both the teams he has played.
8. James Faulkner – 37 – (Melbourne Stars)
Australian World Cup winner and the man of the final in the ICC World Cup 2015, James Faulkner has taken 37 wickets in 31 matches for Melbourne Stars so far in BBL. A true all-rounder, Faulkner ability to control the game with his medium pace and well disguised slow balls have made him a favorite among the teams in IPL as well.
7. Cameron Boyce – 37 – (Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes)
Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce has taken 37 wickets in 28 matches in BBL from 2012 till now. His best bowling is 3/11 and his brilliant performance for the Hurricanes this year earned him recall in Australian team against India in the T20 series.
6. John Hastings – 40 – (Melbourne Stars)
A workhorse fast bowler, John Hastings has taken 40 wickets in BBL so far. Hastings who can bowl really fast if he wants to is the go-to bowler for his captain whenever a wicket is required in a crunch situation. His best is 4/29 and he has played 28 matches so far.
5. Clint McKay – 42 – (Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder)
Another brilliant T20 bowler Clint McKay has taken 42 wickets in 33 matches so far. His best is 4/28 and his ability to bowl slow balls and yorkers at the end of the innings has earned him matches for the Australian national team as well.
4. Shaun Tait – 42 – (Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades)
The ‘Wild Thing’ Shaun Tait has taken 42 wickets in 31 BBL matches with a best of 3/16. Tait is one of the fastest bowlers ever to play international cricket, often clocking above 150 consistently. Though injuries and his tendency to bowl wide balls and no balls hampered a career that would have been more rewarding, Tait has made rounds in every T20 league there is in the world and performed up to his reputation.
3. Jason Behrendorff – 45 – (Perth Scorchers)
Another opening pacer Jason Behrendorff sits at no.3 on this list with 45 wickets in 32 matches. The Scorchers’ opening bowler has best match figures of 4/22 and his accurate bowling made Scorchers the winners in the 2014-15 season.
2. Brad Hogg – 46 – (Perth Scorchers)
Veteran 44-year-old chinaman bowler Brad Hogg, who had made a shocking return to competitive cricket in BBL 2011, has taken 46 wickets in 44 matches with a best of 4/29. The oldest of BBL players’, Hogg’s brilliant BBL performance also saw him return to the Australian T20 international side in 2012 after initially retiring in 2008. Hogg has also made a name for himself in Indian Premier League, playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.
1. Ben Laughlin -60 – (Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes)
The highest wicket taker in the BBL so far has been pacer Ben Laughlin, who has taken 60 wickets in 43 BBL matches with a best of 4/31. Laughlin, who represented Australia in ODIs and T20Is, recently announced his retirement from international cricket in order to participate in the Masters Championship League.