Jhye Richardson’s exceptional performance for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League 2020-21 not only brought him big bucks in the IPL 2021 auctions but also won him a recall in the Australian T20I side.
Jhye Richardson – 29 wickets
Richardson was the most successful bowler in the last edition of The Big Bash League and picked up 29 wickets from 17 matches. He bowled a total of 61.3 overs, which included one maiden over, and conceded 473 runs.
He had the best of 4/24 and bowled at an average of 16.31 and an economy rate of 7.69. His strike rate of 12.7 was exceptional. Richardson picked up 2 4-wicket hauls in the competition.
He was earlier in line for making the Australian ODI World Cup squad but an untimely shoulder injury ruled him out. Jason Behrendorff was then picked up in his place and performed well against England in one of the World Cup group matches. Richardson returned to competitive cricket at the Big Bash League and did not show any signs of rust. He was on point from ball one and helped shape Perth Scorchers’ BBL campaign.
Ben Dwarshuis – 24 wickets
Ben Dwarshuis was the second highest wicket taker in the last edition of The Big Bash League. In fact, he played just 13 matches, four less than Richardson, and still picked up 24 wickets, just five less than the table topper.
His average of 16.79 is almost the same as that of Richardson. Dwarshuis bowled a total of 45 overs in the competition and gave away 403 runs. He had the best of 4/13 and bowled at an average of 16.79, an economy rate of 8.85 and a strike rate of 11.3.
Mark Steketee – 24 wickets
Mark Steketee played for Brisbane Heat in the last edition of The Big Bash League. The right-arm fast-medium bowler was also included in the Australia squad for the test series against South Africa and was in with a chance of debut but the series had to be cancelled and the opportunity went begging.
Steketee picked up 24 wickets for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League 2020-21 from 16 matches. He bowled a total of 56.2 overs while conceding 522 runs at an economy rate of 9.26. His 24 wickets came at an average of 21.75 and a strike rate of 14.0.
Adelaide Strikers’ Wes Agar and Sydney Thunder’s Tanveer Sanga were the other bowlers among the top five wicket takers in this year’s BBL.