Stat Leaders from the 2020/21 Big Bash League Season

By Ben Morris in Cricket
| February 11, 2021 10:00 am PDT
BBL 10 Player Stats and Analysis for 2020/21

With the 2020/21 Big Bash League behind us, now feels like a good time to take a look at the stat leaders from BBL 10.

The Sydney Sixers clinched the title, but it was Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder) who won the Golden Bat. On the flip side, Jyhe Richardson (Perth Scorchers) finished as the tournament’s leading wicket-tacker.

But there is so much more to the BBL 10 player stats.

I’m sure you want to know who hit the most sixes, right? Or find out which player achieved the best bowling figures? I also cover averages, strike rates, economy rates, and much more.

So, without further ado, let’s get stuck into the player stats for BBL 10.

Batting Stats for BBL 10

Let’s start by taking a look at the BBL 10 batting stats.

Most Runs

  • Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder) – 543
  • James Vince (Sydney Sixers) – 537
  • Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers) – 508
  • Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) – 458
  • Colin Munro (Perth Scorchers) – 443

Englishman Alex Hales was awarded the BBL 10 Golden Bat after finishing just six runs clear at the top of the run-scoring leaderboard.

Following an unbeaten 98 against the Scorchers in the Qualifier and a match-winning 95 against the same opponent in the Final, James Vince almost overtook his compatriot at the eleventh hour. However, the Sixers batsman ultimately ended up falling just short.

Vince’s team-mate Josh Philippe finished third in the run-scoring charts, although the 22-year-old was named Player of the Tournament for his efforts.

Chris Lynn – the Big Bash League’s all-time leading run-scorer – and Colin Munro finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

As well as ending the tournament as the top run-scorer, Hales was also one of only two players to notch up a century. Let’s take a look at the highest individual scores from BBL 10.

HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES (BBL 10)
Player Balls Faces Fours Sixes Score
Alex Hales 56 9 8 110
Alex Carey 62 10 3 101
James Vince 53 14 1 98*
Marcus Stoinis 55 7 7 97*
Daniel Hughes 51 6 7 96

Alex Carey was the only other player to reach triple figures in a single inning. The Strikers’ wicket-keeper batsman smashed 101 off 62 against the Heat, yet he failed to finish among the BBL 10 stat leaders.

 Daniel Hughes, Marcus Stoinis, and Vince each fell just a handful of runs short of achieving a century, with the latter two achieving their high score without losing their wicket.

James Vince Sydney Sixers BBL 10

Most Sixes

  • Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder) – 30
  • Liam Livingstone (Perth Scorchers) – 28
  • Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) – 26
  • Jake Weatherald (Adelaide Strikers) – 22
  • Ben McDermott (Hobart Hurricanes) – 21

Unsurprisingly, the top run-scorer in BBL 10 also hit the most sixes during the tournament. In fact, Hales broke Stoinis’ record for most sixes in a single Big Bash League season.

Having smashed 28 maximums, Liam Livingstone equaled Stoinis’ record, but the Scorchers opener was eventually outclassed by Hales.

Lynn hit 26 sixes in 13 innings, averaging two maximums per game. The Heat captain was on course to overtake Hales on the six-hitting leaderboard, but Brisbane ended up getting knocked out by Perth in the Challenger.

Jack Weatherald was one of the most consistent batsmen throughout the competition, finishing the season with an average of 36.08. Despite the Hurricanes failing to qualify for the playoffs, Ben McDermott still managed to make it into the top five here.

When it comes to assessing the Big Bash stats, it is always worth looking at who hit the most sixes in a single inning, right?

MOST SIXES IN A SINGLE INNINGS (BBL 10)
Player Balls Faced Final Score Total Sixes
Nicholas Pooran 26 65 8
Alex Hales 56 110 8
Daniel Sams 25 65* 7
Daniel Hughes 51 96 7
Marcus Stoinis 55 97* 7

West Indies star Nicholas Pooran smashed eight maximums on his way to scoring 65 runs off just 26 deliveries against the Sixers, meaning almost 75% of his tally was achieved by hitting sixes.

On his way to clocking up the highest scorer of BBL 10, Hales became the second player to hit eight sixes in one outing.

Highest Averages (10+ Innings)

  • Jimmy Peirson (Brisbane Heat) – 46.28
  • Ben Cutting (Sydney Thunder) – 40.00
  • Nick Larkin (Melbourne Stars) – 39.42
  • Mitch Marsh (Perth Scorchers) – 39.37
  • Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder) – 38.78

For this particular statistic, I have only included players that played ten or more innings throughout the tournament. This enables us to get a fairer look at the BBL 10 batting averages.

It is worth pointing out that Jason Holder (62.00) finished the season with the best average. However, he only played three games. Selecting players that only played a handful of matches would ultimately skew the stats.

HIGHEST AVERAGES (BBL 10)
Player Innings Not Out Total Runs Average
Jimmy Peirson 16 9 324 46.28
Ben Cutting 13 6 280 40.00
Nick Larkin 10 3 276 39.42
Mitch Marsh 14 6 315 39.37
Alex Hales 15 1 543 38.78

Jimmy Peirson generally batted at number five for the Heat, allowing him to go unbeaten in over 50% of his innings. Having scored a total of 324 runs, Peirson put himself among the BBL 10 stat leaders by finishing the season with an outstanding average of 46.28.

Ben Cutting posted two unbeaten innings of 30+ runs to end up with an average of 40.00, while Mitch Marsh racked up scores of 57*, 54*, and 49* on his way to achieving an average of 39.37.

Despite playing in 15 matches and only carrying his bat on one occasion, Hales still managed to finish BBL 10 with an average of 38.78.

Jimmy Peirson Brisbane Heat BBL 10

Highest Strike Rates (10+ Innings)

  • Dan Christian (Sydney Sixers) – 182.55
  • Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder) – 161.60
  • Ben Cutting (Sydney Thunder) – 156.42
  • Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) – 154.72
  • Tim David (Hobart Hurricanes) – 153.29

Again, I have chosen to only consider players that played 10+ matches in this section.

In 14 innings, Dan Christian only faced 149 balls. But the big-hitter still ended up scoring 272 runs in BBL 10. The 37-year-old hit 18 sixes and 21 fours on his way to helping the Sixers defend their title.

Of course, it isn’t a shock to see Hales, Cutting, and Lynn on the strike rate leaderboard, although Tim David is somewhat of a surprise inclusion, with the Hurricanes missing out on a playoff spot.

As you can see from the table below, Christian’s memorable innings against the Strikers was by far the most devastating knock of BBL 10.

HIGHEST STRIKE RATES IN A SINGLE INNINGS (BBL 10)
Player Balls Faced Final Score Strike Rate
Dan Christian 16 50 312.50
Jack Wildermuth 11 31 281.81
Daniel Sams 25 65* 260.00
Nicholas Pooran 26 65 250.00
Alex Hales 29 71 244.82

Christian reached his half-century against Adelaide, having faced just 15 deliveries, meaning he ended the match with an outrageous strike rate of 312.50.

You can check out the Sixers veteran doing his thing below.

BBL 10 Bowling Stats – Wickets, Economy Rates, and Averages

It’s now time to check out the bowling stats for BBL 10.

Most Wickets

  • Jhye Richardson (Perth Scorchers) – 29
  • Ben Dwarshuis (Sydney Sixers) – 24
  • Mark Steketee (Brisbane Heat) – 24
  • Wes Agar (Adelaide Strikers) – 22
  • Tanveer Sangha (Sydney Thunder) – 21

There is absolutely no denying that Jyhe Richardson was the standout bowler in BBL 10. I mean, the 24-year-old finished five wickets clear at the top of the Golden Arm standings.

Granted, Richardson bowled more overs than any other player during the tournament. But it is worth noting that he ended the season with a hugely respectable economic rate of 7.69.

Despite playing three games less than Mark Steketee, Ben Dwarshuis finished level on 24 wickets with the Heat paceman. Wes Agar took 22 wickets in 54.4 overs, while Tanveer Sangha earned himself an Australia call-up by claiming 21 wickets in 47.3 overs.

But who claimed the best bowling figures in BBL 10?

BEST BOWLING FIGURES (BBL 10)
Player Overs Bowled Economy Rate Figures
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4.0 3.75 5/15
Peter Siddle 3.3 4.57 5/16
Adam Zampa 3.2 5.10 5/17
Zak Evans 4.0 8.25 5/33
Nathan Coulter-Nile 3.5 2.60 4/10

When it comes to looking at the statistics from the Big Bash League, it is always fun to reminisce about the top individual bowling performances.

Last season, Mujeeb Ur Rahman achieved the most prolific display. The Afghan youngster posted figures of 5/15 as the Heat crushed the Hurricanes, including three wickets in one over.

Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, and Zak Evans were the only other players to notch up a five-wicket haul during BBL 10, while Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 4/10 against the Heat sees the Stars bowler sneak into the top five.

Jhye Richardson Perth Scorchers BBL 10

Best Economy Rates (30+ Overs)

  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat) – 6.26
  • Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) – 6.87
  • Steve O’Keefe (Sydney Sixers) – 6.93
  • Jason Behrendorff (Perth Scorchers) – 7.03
  • Imad Wasim (Melbourne Renegades) – 7.15

Having claimed career-best figures of 5/15, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Mujeeb ended the last Big Bash League season with the best economy rate of all the players that bowled 30+ overs during the campaign.

Rashid Khan departed midway through the season due to international commitments, but after conceding 268 runs from 234 balls, his economy rate stands at 6.87.

Steve O’Keefe and Jason Behrendorff remained freakishly efficient throughout the competition, with both players reaching the final, while Imad Wasim was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy campaign for the Renegades.

Let’s take a look at the standout economy rates from some of the most memorable BBL 10 matches.

BEST ECONOMY RATES IN A SINGLE INNINGS (BBL 10)
Player Overs Bowled Runs Conceded Economy Rate
Adam Milne 4.0 6 1.50
Fawad Ahmed 2.5 5 1.76
Adam Zampa 4.0 10 2.50
Nathan Coulter-Nile 3.5 10 2.60
Danny Briggs 3.0 8 2.66

As you can see, Adam Milne produced the most efficient bowling spell in BBL 10. The Kiwi quickie conceded just six runs off his four overs as the Thunder lost to the Strikers.

Zampa is the only other player in the top five that completed his overs. The Aussie international claimed two wickets while conceding just ten runs, with the Stars overcoming the Thunder on that occasion.

Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Danny Briggs also dished up some economical spells during BBL 10.

Best Averages (30+ Overs)

  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat) – 13.42
  • Jhye Richardson (Perth Scorchers) – 16.31
  • Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) – 16.75
  • Ben Dwarshuis (Sydney Sixers) – 16.79
  • Peter Siddle (Adelaide Strikers) – 17.00

A player’s bowling average is measured by the number of runs they concede per wicket taken.

Melbourne Stars man Dilbar Hussain actually ended the season with the best bowling average (12.00). But having played just two games and taken three wickets, I think it only makes sense to discuss players that bowled 30+ overs in BBL 10.

Judging from that standpoint, Mujeeb finds himself among the BBL 10 stat leaders once again here. In fact, the 19-year-old is miles clear at the top of the average leaderboard.

Of course, the likes of Richardson, Dwarshuis, and Siddle bowled a lot more overs than Mujeeb. Still, you can’t take anything away from the young spinner’s efforts.

BEST STRIKE RATES IN A SINGLE INNINGS (BBL 10)
Player Overs Bowled Runs Conceded Wickets Taken Strike Rate
Adam Zampa 3.2 17 5 4.0
Ben Dwarshuis 2.4 13 4 4.0
Mark Steketee 2.0 25 3 4.0
Jake Ball 2.0 25 3 4.0
Peter Siddle 3.3 16 5 4.2

Predictably, Zampa, Dwarhuis, and Siddle all posted one of the top five single-innings strike rates in BBL 10. Having both claimed three wickets in a two-over spell, Jake Ball and Steketee also feature here.

Summary

Well, that wraps my look at the players stats for BBL 10.

Alex Hales and Jhye Richardson finished the 2020/21 Big Bash League by scooping the main individual awards, ending the season as the leading run-scorer and the top wicket-taker, respectively.

But I’m sure you’ll agree that other stat leaders like Jimmy Peirson, Dan Christian, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman played pivotal roles for their teams throughout the campaign.

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