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Ranking the Top 10 Big Bash League Moments of All Time
Whittling down all the iconic Big Bash League moments to a list of just ten is no easy task. I mean, the BBL has consistently dished up memorable moments ever since its inception back in 2011.
From heavy hitters such as Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell to legendary bowlers like Lasith Malinga and Adam Zampa, the Big Bash has been blessed with some incredible cricketers over the years.
Naturally, the stars of the game have produced countless iconic BBL moments.
I have decided to take on the seemingly hopeless task of ranking the top ten Big Bash League moments of all time. Of course, there are tons of matches, wickets, knocks, and landmarks to choose from. But it’s worth a shot, right?
Let’s start with number ten and work our way through the most iconic Big Bash moments in history.
10. Renegades Secure Shock BBL|08 Final Win Over Stars
The 2018-19 Big Bash League season ended with the first-ever all-Melbourne final, with the Renegades and the Stars meeting at Marvel Stadium.
The Stars won the toss and elected to field, forcing the Renegades to bat first. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch were dismissed for 12 and 13, respectively, before Sam Harper (6), Cameron White (12), and Mackenzie Harvey (14) also fell cheaply.
Ben Dunk (57) and Marcus Stoinis (39) got Team Green off to a flying start. However, a huge collapse saw the next five batters add just 12 runs to the total.
Some seriously economical bowling by the Renegades saw the Stars finish on 7/132. Against all the odds, the Renegades won the BBL|08 final by 13 runs – producing one of the most iconic Big Bash moments of all time.
9. Jordan Silk’s Stunning Diving Catch
The next of my top Big Bash moments takes us all the way back to BBL|03.
Jordan Silk has taken numerous outstanding catches over the years. In fact, it could be argued that he is the best fielder in the history of the Big Bash League. But one of his catches stands out from the rest.
On January 2, 2014, the Brisbane Heat needed 141 runs to beat the Sydney Sixers at the Gabba. Craig Kieswetter kicked off the run chase in style, smashing four fours and one six on his way to reaching 38 runs.
Another boundary appeared to be on the cards for Kieswetter when he smashed Brett Lee into the leg side. However, Silk dashed to his left and plucked the ball out of the air – taking an outrageous one-handed catch.
Since Silk’s stunner is arguably the greatest grab in Big Bash history, I had to include it among my best BBL moments of all time.
8. Glenn Maxwell’s Inexplicable Leave
The main aim of cricket is to hit the ball, right? I mean, that is how you score runs. But in some instances, batters will choose to leave the ball if they think the delivery isn’t going to endanger their wicket.
In the early weeks of BBL|04, the Heat and the Stars faced off in Brisbane. Maxwell was batting at No. 3 for the Stars and found himself at the crease when Cameron White was dismissed early on.
Facing his very first delivery, Maxwell opted to leave the ball. But that proved to be a very bad decision. Ryan Duffield’s ball cannoned into the stumps, dismissing a red-faced Maxwell for a golden duck.
I wouldn’t say this is one of the best Big Bash League moments ever, as Maxwell would almost certainly disagree. Still, it is undoubtedly one of the most iconic moments in Big Bash history.
7. Lasith Malinga Claims Figures of 6-7
On December 12, 2012, Lasith Malinga produced one of the greatest bowling displays in the history of T20 cricket. Naturally, I had to include his memorable performance among my top ten BBL moments of all time.
The legendary Sri Lankan played in just two BBL seasons, representing the Stars between 2012 and 2014. Even so, he still managed to create one of the most memorable Big Bash League moments in history.
Malinga completely humiliated the Perth Scorchers at the WACA, claiming ludicrous figures of 6-7. He dismissed Marcus North, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Tom Triffitt, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Joe Mennie inside four overs.
Thanks largely to Malinga’s exploits, the Stars bowled out Perth for just 69 runs. Remarkably, the paceman finished with a crazy-low economy rate of 1.75.
Although he only spent a couple of years in Australia, Malinga is widely regarded as one of the best Big Bash players of all time.
6. Scorchers Win BBL|04 in Dramatic Fashion
We have been treated to some dramatic Big Bash finals over the years, but few would argue that the BBL|04 showpiece is not the most dramatic final in competition’s history.
The Sixers won the toss and decided to bat, posting 5/147 from their 20 overs. The Scorchers reached 147 with just three balls left, setting up a thrilling finish to the final.
Brett Lee – playing in his last professional cricket match – dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile before clean bowling Sam Whiteman with the penultimate ball of the match. That left Lee on a hat-trick with only one delivery remaining.
Sadly, Lee’s career ended on a sour note. He failed to complete what would have been a stunning hat-trick, as Moises Henriques fumbled a run-out opportunity to hand the title to Perth.
You cannot write a script like that!
5. Chris Lynn Hits Five Straight Sixes
Not only is Chris Lynn the BBL’s all-time leading run-scorer, but he has also hit the most sixes in the competition’s history. Believe it or not, five of his 170+ maximums came in a single over back in BBL|05.
In the sixth over of Brisbane’s match against the Stars, Lynn unleashed hell on a helpless Ben Hilfenhaus. The lethal batter smashed five consecutive sixes at the MCG, bludgeoning the ball to all corners of the ground.
Lynn brought up his half-century from just 19 deliveries and ended up with a strike rate of 233.33. Although he was dismissed on 56 runs, his five straight maximums have gone down in history.
4. Lynn Smashes Shaun Tait Out of the Gabba
It’s that man again!
Of course, smashing five sixes in a row is far harder than hitting one maximum on its own. But given that Lynn managed to strike the ball out of the stadium on this occasion, I had to rank this moment higher on my list.
The season after Lynn hit five consecutive sixes, he produced another memorable Big Bash moment. Facing Hobart’s Shaun Tait, Lynn smashed the ball over the boundary rope, over the crowd, and out of the Gabba altogether.
Official measurements registered the dazzling strike at 121 meters. That tells you everything you need to know about the power of this guy.
It may seem crazy that Lynn’s rocket doesn’t make it into the top three of my most iconic moments in Big Bash history. But if you read on, you will understand why.
3. Chris Gayle’s 12-Ball Half-Century
Chris Gayle is arguably the greatest T20 batter of all time. The big-hitting Jamaican has lit up multiple franchise leagues across his illustrious career, including the BBL.
“The Universe Boss” spent two seasons with the Sydney Thunder between 2011 and 2013 before moving to the Renegades for the 2015-16 campaign. During BBL|05, he dished up one of the top Big Bash moments of all time.
The West Indies legend was eventually dismissed for 56 after just 17 balls. He departed with a stupendous strike rate of 329.41, much to the delight of Adelaide’s bowling attack.
Not only is Gayle among the most iconic players in Big Bash history, but he is also one of the greatest Indian Premier League players of all time.
2. Travis Head’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Fireworks are a New Year’s Eve tradition, but they are usually set off when the clock strikes midnight. On New Year’s Eve 2015, however, Travis Head decided to create his own firework display before the turn of the year.
The Strikers required 13 runs off the final over to beat the Sixers at the Adelaide Oval. With six balls remaining, Head was on 83 runs – meaning he needed to add 17 to his tally to reach a century.
As if by fate, Head smashed three consecutive sixes to win the match for his team. Better still, he finished on 101* after hitting a hat-trick of maximums.
Head’s unbeaten century on New Year’s Eve will always be remembered as one of the best moments in Big Bash League history. But I’m not finished just yet.
Keep reading to relive the greatest BBL moment of all time.
1. Marcus Stonis Bludgeons Record-Breaking 147*
We have seen some incredible individual knocks in the Big Bash League over the years. D’Arcy Short’s unbeaten 122 against Brisbane in BBL|07 instantly springs to mind, as does Matthew Wade’s 130* against Adelaide in BBL|09.
Stoinis hit 13 fours and eight sixes on his way to posting the highest individual score in BBL history. He faced just 79 deliveries as he helped the Stars to finish on 1/219, ending his innings with a strike rate of 186.07.
It is difficult to imagine anyone surpassing this record. For that reason, Stoinis’ mammoth knock must be viewed as the top moment in Big Bash history.
Final Word on the Best BBL Moments Ever
As I mentioned at the beginning, choosing just ten Big Bash moments from a decade of action is not easy. After all, the BBL his produced countless memorable moments over the years.
Who could forget about Shane Warne’s infamous clash with Marlon Samuels in the inaugural BBL season? I could have included Ben McDermott’s century on my list, too, along with Ben Laughlin and Jake Weatherald’s fielding double act.
At the end of the day, I’m happy with my top ten BBL moments. If I haven’t included your favorite Big Bash moment, why not let me know in the comments section below?
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