The Australian Big Bash League gained popularity very quickly and we saw many new faces with great talent and skill with the ball as well as the bat. In this list, we have compiled the top 10 best bowlers and wicket takers in the history of the Big Bash League. Let us have a look:
#10 CJ McKay
CJ McKay debuted in the Big Bash League on the side of the popular Melbourne Stars and then moved to Sydney Thunder. He played for the teams from 2011 up to 2017, and he was a constant performer with the ball as he has contributed very well for both the teams in all the editions that he played. He played 40 matches on total and took 46 wickets in his spells, his best figures being 4/28. His bowling average was 24.50 and a considerable economy rate of 8.19.
#9 SW Tait
SW Tait was part of the Big Bash League cricket tournament from its inaugural edition in 2011 up to the 2017. He has played with franchises like the Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes, and the Melbourne Renegades currently. He bowled for 34 matches in total with 46 wickets under his cap. His best figures were 3/16 with a very nice average of 23.21 and an economy rate of 8.65.
#8 DT Christian
Daniel Christian, the Australian pacer, is very well known for his medium pace bowling in the middle as well as death overs and he can also do some serious damage with the bat if he gets lucky. However, he has performed very well with the ball, taking up 47 wickets in 58 matches. He has five wickets haul under his cap with his best figures being 5/14. He has an average of 27.59 and an economy rate of 8.36. he is currently playing for Hobart Hurricanes. He is the only bowler to have two 5-wickets hauls in the history.
#7 KW Richardson
Richardson is another medium pacer who bowls very well in the middle as well as the death overs. He started off with the Adelaide Strikers but later moved on to the Melbourne Renegades. His performance kept on getting better and he is also revered for his contributions in many victories of both the teams he has played in. He has picked up 49 wickets in the 46 matches that he played with an average of 26.08. His economy rate sits at 7.97 with his best figures being 4/22.
#6 CJ Boyce
CJ Boyce is part of the Hobart Hurricanes franchise in the Big Bash League, and he started off the second edition of the tournament with Adelaide Strikers. Boyce, as well, has picked up 49 wickets in 46 matches, which is the same as Richardson. However, a better average at 25.06 places him above Richardson in the list. He has an economy of 8.21 with best figures being an amazing 3/11.
#5 JW Hastings
Hastings started off with his career in the Big Bash League in the second year of the tournament in 2012, and has since been a part of the Melbourne Stars up to this date. He has been able to pick up 50 wickets on just 38 matches, with his economy hovering around 7.87, which is great. He has an amazing average at 21.24 with his best figures being 4/29.
#4 Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye joined the Big Bash League and debuted with the Perth Scorchers, and he was an instant hit. Apart from being a great batsman as well, Tye is just effortless with the ball and it is so much fun to watch him bowl. He has played 38 matches from 2014-2018 and has been able to pick up 55 wickets with a 5-wickets haul under his belt as well. His average rate is well below 20 at 18.83, with an economy rate of 7.21. His unique bowling techniques makes it difficult for the batsmen to face him all throughout the innings.
#3 GB Hogg
Hogg started off with the Melbourne Renegades and joined the Perth Scorchers later on in the recent editions of the tournament. He has played in a total of 60 matches and has picked up 61 wickets at a wonderful economy rate of 6.63. His average is a little below 25 at 24.03 and his best figures in the entire tournament are 4/29.
#2 SA Abbott
SA Abbott started the tournament with the Sydney Sixers in the first year of the Big Bash League and ended up with Sydney Thunder. He played 54 matches and took 63 wickets at an economy rate of 8.75. he has a 5-wickets haul under his belt with the best figures being 5/16. His average was a little below 25 and sat precisely at 23.28 who have bagged him the second spot in the list.
#1 B Laughlin
Here comes the man of the hour for the Hobart Hurricanes, Ben Laughlin. Not only was he very good with the bat, he was best with the ball in all the overs around the innings. He performed consistently in all the editions of the Big Bash for both the teams that he played for. With Abbott being 22 wickets away from him at the second spot, he took 85 wickets in the 62 matches he played with a stunning average of 19.78. His best figures are 4/26 and his economy rate is 7.76.
As the list shows us, we have clear results that most of these wicket taking bowlers are very good all-rounders, and these are the players who are the most valuable in the T20 Format of the game. We hope to see more such talented and young all-rounders who can be destructive with the bat as well as the ball.