The recently concluded season of the Big Bash League 2017/18 (BBL 7) saw plenty of breathtaking batting performances throughout the length of six and a half weeks, eventually leading to the rise of some batting stars like D’Arcy Short, Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald et al. Seasoned warhorses like Shane Watson, Colin Ingram, Glenn Maxwell and Cameron White also asserted their dominance in BBL 7.
It was the Adelaide Strikers who emerged as champions at the end, led by their top three batsmen – Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald and captain Travis Head.
Here, we take a look at top 5 run scorers of Big Bash League season 2017/18 (BBL 7):
1. D’Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes) – 572 runs
The left-handed opening batsman was the find of BBL 7 and was aptly named as the BBL player of the season by Cricket Australia. Short scored 572 runs in 11 innings batting at the top of the order for Hobart Hurricanes and was the driving force behind their run to the final this year. He also recorded 26 sixes and 53 fours in the season and eventually earned himself a maiden call-up to the Australian T20 side.
2. Alex Carey (Adelaide Strikers) – 443 runs
Alex Carey’s opening bursts did for Adelaide Strikers what D’Arcy Short did for Hobart Hurricanes this season. The wicketkeeper-bat emerged as BBL 7’s second highest run-scorer and eventually played a big role in the Strikers’ maiden BBL title in Big Bash League 2017/18 season, where they beat the Hobart Hurricanes in the final. Carey also scored a fine hundred in the season and like Short, earned himself a national call-up as well.
3. Jake Weatherald (Adelaide Strikers) – 383 runs
If Alex Carey did the bulk of scoring in the early part of the tournament for Adelaide Strikers, it was his opening partner’s three consecutive fifties (including a sublime hundred in the final) that was the catalyst of Strikers’ title triumph at the seventh time of asking. The left-handed Weatherald struck form towards the business end of the tournament and contributed valuable runs in the semi-final and the big final of the Big Bash League 2017/18 season (BBL 7), as well. He finished the tournament as the player with third-most runs.
4. Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers) – 374 runs
Another player from the Adelaide Strikers on this list is skipper Travis Head, who despite featuring in only 9 games in the Big Bash League 2017/18 season (BBL 7), ended up with 374 runs against his name which puts him in the 4th position on this list. Coming in at the crucial number 3 spot for his side, Head scored three valuable fifties in the tournament, including one in the semi-final and his runs came at a very healthy strike-rate of 133.09.
5. Shane Watson (Sydney Thunder) – 331 runs
Veteran all-rounder Shane Watson showed his worth in the shortest format of the game and lead his team from the front in Big Bash League 2017/18 (BBL 7). Watson finished the season as the leading run-scorer for Sydney Thunder and the fifth highest overall. Like Head, Watson also batted at No.3 for most part of the season and scored his runs at an impressive strike-rate of 139.07, including 15 sixes and 31 fours.