BBL 2019-20: Team-wise top player of the season

BBL 2019-20: Team-wise top player of the season

These players will play an important role for their respective teams during the tournament.

BBL Trophy. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

If the heat down under or the intensity with which the national team has performed so far during the summer wasn’t enough, there is more action that awaits the fans. One of the biggest cricketing festivals among the shortest formats of the game embarks on its ninth edition from the 17th of December. The Big Bash League (BBL) witnessed a wide array of fan following its revolution in the year 2011-12 to establish the concept of franchises and doing away with having state-oriented teams.

Every T20 team all over the world needs one X-factor in the world – one that can consistently make a significant contribution to the team’s cause. And in a tournament as long and competitive as the BBL, a side may need to find more than one game-changers. Over the years, several players like Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn have all stepped up for their franchises to win several games for their respective teams.

Ahead of the forthcoming season of the BBL extravaganza, we take a look at one top player from each side:

Alex Carey (Adelaide Strikers)

Alex Carey
Alex Carey of the Adelaide Strikers celebrates after reaching his century. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Australia’s gloveman in limited-overs cricket has undergone a year to remember. Before the World Cup, Alex Carey mainly came at the back end of the innings and hence couldn’t showcase his full potential. Having been chosen to represent the defending champions at the grandest stage, Carey justified his debatable selection by finishing as one of the best batsmen in their ranks.

The 28-year old notched up 375 runs in only ten games at an average of 62.50, striking at 104.17. He went from strength to strength as the tournament progressed and flourished in tricky situations in which his colleagues wilted. The performances in the World Cup have fixed his spot in Australia’s limited-overs set up.

The South Australian had a compelling Big Bash League last time, scoring 329 runs in 12 games. With the up-gradation of his skills since the last time, the southpaw is one of the most crucial players to Adelaide Strikers’ fortunes in the batting department.