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Strikers BBL MVP contenders

18 March 2019

Who was the Strikers' Most Valuable Player of BBL|08?

Who was the Strikers' Most Valuable Player of KFC BBL|08?

It was a disappointing campaign for the team as a whole, but several players stood out with strong individual performances throughout the season.

Take a closer look at some of the top contenders for the player-voted MVP title to be revealed later this month.

RASHID KHAN
Matches: 14
Wickets: 19
Bowling average: 18.1
Economy: 6.14
Best figures: 3/19
Runs: 93
Batting average: 13.2
Strike rate: 166.1
Highest score: 21*

Rashid Khan hat-trick opportunity

Rashid was again one of the most devastating bowlers of the competition in just his second Big Bash season.

Vying for back-to-back Strikers MVP awards, the popular leg-spinner claimed 19 wickets – the most by a Striker in any single BBL series – to finish fifth on the tournament’s wicket-takers leaderboard.

But Rashid proved invaluable to the team even when not making breakthroughs, with his economy rate of 6.14 the second-best of any player to bowl more than three overs in BBL|08.

The 20-year-old was also entertaining and effective with the bat, blasting 93 runs from just 56 balls faced for a strike rate of 166.07 – the highest of any player to pad up for more than three innings.

His efforts were all the more impressive given the passing of his father during the early stages of the tournament. Rashid bravely decided to play on alongside his supportive teammates, capturing the hearts of fans across the world with his courage on and off the pitch.

COLIN INGRAM
Matches: 13
Runs: 333
Batting average: 30.27
Strike rate: 138.75
Highest score: 75

Ingram lights up New Year's Eve

‘The Bulldozer’ blasted a personal-best 333 runs in BBL|08 topping his 277-run haul from his maiden Big Bash season.

The experienced Ingram led from the front as stand-in captain for the majority of the summer in the absence of Travis Head and is now ranked sixth all-time for runs scored by a Striker.

Ingram crafted three half-centuries last summer, including a personal-best Big Bash score of 75 from just 43 deliveries against the Sydney Thunder on New Year’s Eve.

One of the biggest hitters in the world, Ingram crunched 17 sixes from his 13 matches to rank equal-fifth in the tournament for maximums.

He also chimed in with his maiden Big Bash wicket, bowling in-form Renegade Dan Christian in the Strikers’ impressive win at GMHBA Stadium.

JON WELLS
Matches: 14
Runs: 359
Batting average: 44.87
Strike rate: 125.08
Highest score: 69

Wells hits half-century at home

Wells was arguably Adelaide’s most consistent performer in BBL|08.

The right-handed batsman was the Strikers’ leading runscorer for the tournament with 359 at a strong average of 45 – the fifth-best figure of any player for the series.

Wells played a key role forming partnerships through the middle order and showed he valued his wicket with six not out innings while maintaining an impressive strike rate above 125.

The 30-year-old also claimed a club-best six catches showcasing his athleticism and composure in the field.

Wells capped off his campaign with a Player of the Match performance against the Perth Scorchers at Adelaide Oval after carving 69 from just 42 balls in what was his maiden half-century as a Striker.

JAKE WEATHERALD
Matches: 14
Runs: 328
Batting average: 23.42
Strike rate: 128.12
Highest score: 82

Jake Weatherald crushes Renegades in Geelong

The hard-hitting opener proved a match-winner on several occasions for the Strikers in BBL|08.

Weatherald’s fiery 82 from 42 against the Hurricanes in Tasmania and an eye-catching 71 from 44 against the Renegades in Geelong earned him Player of the Match honours on both occasions.

His 116-run opening partnership with Alex Carey in Launceston was Adelaide’s biggest of the season and the fifth-best in club history. Incredibly, four of the top five biggest Strikers partnerships have featured Weatherald.

The left-hander is now ranked third all-time for runs scored by a Striker (828) to cement his standing as one of the most dangerous batsmen in Big Bash cricket.

BEN LAUGHLIN
Matches: 13
Wickets: 10
Bowling average: 36.6
Economy: 8.41
Best figures: 3/19

Ben Laughlin on fire against the 'Canes

The crafty veteran continued to find ways to take wickets in BBL|08.

The competition’s all-time leading wicket-taker, Laughlin added another 10 wickets to his career tally in BBL|08 and sits on 95 Big Bash wickets overall.

Regularly responsible for bowling clutch overs at the death, Laughlin troubled the competition’s best batsmen with his deft changes of pace and subtle swinging deliveries.

He took two three-wicket hauls in BBL|08 with best figures of 3/19 in the Strikers’ crucial win over the Stars at home along with an impressive 3/31 against the Hurricanes in Launceston, where he removed leading runscorers D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade.

Laughlin’s experience and leadership amongst the group was also vital with experienced duo Travis Head and Peter Siddle often unavailable due to national duties.