The Top 10 Best Bowlers in BBL History- Best Big Bash League Bowler

Read on to find our picks for the best bowlers in BBL history…

Big Bash League is the second biggest T20 League in the World after IPL. It was initiated by Cricket Australia in 2011.

The league was based on the IPL layout, trying to put a new spin to their domestic T20 league called the KFC T20 Big Bash.

This league has been immensely successful, as the games see huge crowds and amazing TV viewership.

The hard work put up by the players in the league has made it worth viewing. The entertainment it has brought to the table has been amazing over the years.

Batters have always been its shining top but bowlers have also been phenomenal in this league. From Scott Boland to Ben Laughlin, we have enlisted the 15 best bowlers in BBL.

The Top 10 Best Bowlers in BBL History

Here’s our picks for the best bowlers in BBL history:

No.BowlerWickets
15.Scott Boland68
14.Michael Neser69
13.Jhye Richardson69
12.Jason Behrendorff 70
11.Rashid Khan72
10.Fawad Ahmed75
9.Cameron Boyce79
8.James Faulkner 80
7.Dan Christian 82
6.Ben Dwarshius 85
5.Adam Zampa88
4.Andrew Tye93
3.Kane Richardson 98
2.Sean Abbott106
1.Ben Laughlin111

15. Scott Boland

Kicking off our list of the best bowlers in BBL is Scott Boland. Boland is a typical Australian bowler – tall, built like a tank, and fiery eyes to intimidate any batsmen in the world.

He has been a part of Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League. BBL season 6 was his breakthrough as he ended as the highest wicket-taker in the season with 14 wickets at a decent strike rate. He is a death overs specialist.

His recent BBL 10 performance has been top-notch as he took 17 wickets in 14 matches with an economy less than 8 which is quite good as he bowls in death overs too. His best bowling figure of the league is 4/30. 

Boland has taken a total of 68 wickets in 55 matches at an economy of 8.31 with an average of 24.72. He is 32 years old, and considering his fitness, he can easily play for some more years with the same intent.

Matches55
Wickets68
Economy8.31
Average24.72
Strike Rate17.82
Best4/30

14. Michael Neser

Michael Neser’s performances in the Big Bash have been worthy of a lot of praise. Neser is an Australian all-rounder who bowls at a medium pace.

He has played for Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat. His peak performance came in BBL season 7 when he took 13 wickets in 11 matches with a strike rate of 18.85.

He is a handy batsman down the order who can snatch the moments to make his team flourish in any match.

His versatility with the bowl fetched him 69 wickets in 68 BBL matches with a strike rate of 19.2 and an average of 26.62. His best was 3 wickets for 24 runs. Neser still has a lot to offer to this league.

Matches68
Wickets69
Economy8.29
Average26.62
Strike Rate19.2
Best3/24

13. Jhye Richardson

Jhye Richardson is another Australian pace express who has impressed everyone at every level of cricket that he has played. A young speedy bowler like him is the need of the hour.

Perth Scorchers grabbed him in his inaugural season and since then neither they let him go nor he let them down.

He has been impeccable after the debut season. In the recent outings, he took 29 wickets in 17 matches in BBL 10 with an economy less than 8 and an average of just 16.31. 

Richardson has taken 69 wickets in 53 BBL matches so far with an economy of 7.77 and averages less than 22. His best was 4/19. He is a great prospect for Perth Scorchers as well as the league.

Matches53
Wickets69
Economy7.77
Average21.68
Strike Rate16.7
Best4/19

12. Jason Behrendorff

There is a very immaculate demand for left-arm pacers in World cricket. Jason Behrendorff is one such left-arm pacer who has proved his worth all along.

Jason Behrendorff: Best Bowlers in BBL History
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He is a part of Perth Scorchers in BBL. He is an ever-improving cricketer and has gotten better with every BBL edition.

In the recent season, Behrendorff was at his peak with 16 wickets in 16 matches with an economy of just over 7 and a strike rate of 19.88. His career has faced challenges of injury but he took it down with his hard work.

In 59 BBL matches, he has taken 70 wickets with an economy of 6.84 and a strike rate just above 18. His best was 4/22.

Matches59
Wickets70
Economy6.84
Average21.15
Strike Rate18.5
Best4/22

11. Rashid Khan 

Rashid Khan is no less than a bowling prodigy, currently ruling every T20 league in the world with his magical leg-spin bowling. His main armour is the googly which is impossible to read at times.

Rashid Khan is currently flourishing with Adelaide Strikers in BBL. He has played four BBL seasons in which he took 18 wickets in 11 matches, 19 wickets in 14 matches, 19 wickets in 15 matches and 16 wickets in 10 matches in four seasons.

He makes the batsmen dance on his instincts with the bowl in hand.

In 50 BBL matches, he has taken 72 wickets with an economy of 6.46 with an average of 17.45 and a strike rate of 16.1. His best was 4/22.

Matches50
Wickets72
Economy6.46
Average17.45
Strike Rate16.1
Best4/22

10. Fawad Ahmed

Fawad Ahmed is a Pakistan-born right-arm leg-break bowler who has been a household name for BBL fans. His accurate and economical bowling brings a lot of relief for the teams at any point of the game.

Fawad ahmed
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He is currently a part of the Sydney Thunder setup. With initial struggles, he has been able to establish himself in BBL.

In the last four seasons, Fawad has taken a total of 55 wickets which is an amazing stat considering his age, that is 39. He is bowling better with each passing year.

In 82 BBL matches, he has taken 75 wickets with an economy of 7.08 and an average of 27.34 at a strike rate of 23.1. His best was 4/14.

Matches82
Wickets75
Economy7.08
Average27.34
Strike Rate23.1
Best4/14

9. Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce is an Australian leg spinner who has been a crucial part of this league.

Leg spinners are one of the most valuable assets for a team in T20 cricket and Boyce didn’t let this fact mull down.

Cameron Boyce: Best Bowlers in BBL History
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Boyce joined Melbourne Renegades just before the 8th season of the BBL. In his last 2 seasons of BBL, he has taken 30 wickets, 16 in BBL-8 and 14 in BBL-9.

He has also played for the national team. He made his debut for Australia in 2014 but did not get any chance after 2016 but he continued to impress in the BBL.

Boyce has taken 79 wickets in 76 BBL matches with an economy of 7.65 and a strike rate of 19.9. His best was 4/15.

Matches76
Wickets79
Economy7.65
Average25.45
Strike Rate19.9
Best4/15

8. James Faulkner

James Faulkner was the most promising young talent when he made his debut for Australia but he faded away soon due to the appropriate team balance.

But that can not dismay the fact that he was a genuine match-winning all-rounder. Nonetheless, he continued to ace the BBL.

He has played for Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes. He has taken 80 wickets in 70 BBL outings with an economy of less than 8 and a strike rate of 16.7.

The 8th season turned out to be his best as he took a total of 18 wickets in 13 matches.

His back of the hand slower bowl is one of the most deceiving weapons in his armour.

Faulkner is currently 31 years old and can rule the upcoming years. His comeback in the national team is very much likely if he does well in BBL.

Matches70
Wickets80
Economy7.76
Average21.67
Strike Rate16.7
Best4/46

7. Daniel Christian

Dan Christian is next up on our list of the best bowlers in BBL. One of the busiest all-rounders in the World, Dan has been playing cricket for a long time and is an experienced player who can bowl and bat as well. 

dan christian: Best Bowlers in BBL History
Credits: SEN

He has featured for Sydney Sixers and Brisbane heat. Currently, he is with Melbourne Renegades.

He has been one of the most consistent performers in the BBL. He has taken 82 wickets in 104 BBL matches with an economy of 8.36 at a strike rate of 19.5.

His best was 5/14. In the recent BBL season 10, he took 15 wickets in 14 matches at a strike rate of 18.

Not many players think of playing active cricket at the age of 38 years but Dan Christian isn’t one of them. It seems that he doesn’t age physically, and only on papers.

Matches104
Wickets82
Economy8.36
Average27.29
Strike Rate19.5
Best5/14

6. Ben Dwarshius

Ben Dwarshius is a left-arm medium-pacer from Australia. He has risen through the ranks at a quite fast pace.

ben dwarshius
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He was a promising bowler at a young age and he did not let himself down by any means. 

Ben Dwarshius is currently a crucial part of the Sydney Sixers in BBL. He is an allrounder but his bowling has stood apart. In 69 BBL matches, he has taken 85 wickets at a strike rate of 17.1 and an average of less than 23.

He has run riot in the BBL season 10 in which he took a paltry 24 wickets in 13 matches at an amazing strike rate of 11.38. 

With his watchful batting skills, Dwarshius adds a lot of value to any team he plays for. He is currently 27 years old and has a lot of years to make his mark.

Matches69
Wickets85
Economy8.05
Average22.98
Strike Rate17.1
Best4/13

5. Adam Zampa

Next up on our list of the best bowlers in BBL history is Adam Zampa. There have been speculations that he is the next best leg spinner for Australia after Shane Warne.

adam zampa
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It might not be true for other formats but he has taken the crown in T20 cricket. He is one of the most sought-after leg spinners in the T20 leagues all around the globe.

He has done exceptionally well in the BBL. He plays for Melbourne Renegades. He has taken a total of 88 wickets matches with an economy of 7.20 which show his effectiveness on the hard Australian pitches.

Zampa took 20 wickets in BBL-9 and 19 wickets in BBL-10. Undoubtedly, he is the best leg spinner of the BBL.

With age being on his side, he could easily be the greatest T20 leg spinner of the era and that would be a great tribute to his predecessor Shane Warne.

Matches75
Wickets88
Economy7.20
Average22.02
Strike Rate18.3
Best5/17

4. Andrew Tye

Andrew Tye is one of the most consistent bowlers in the T20s Australia ever has produced. His variations can deceive any batsman at any given point of the time in the game.

andrew tye bbl
Credits: TheWest

Andrew Tye currently plays for Perth Scorchers. Earlier he played for Sydney Sixers. In 69 BBL matches, he has taken 93 wickets with an economy of less than than 8 and at a glorious strike rate of 15.7.

His overall average of 19.98 is also impressive. BBL-10 was his top season as he took 21 wickets in 16 matches of the single edition. His best was 5/23.

Tye is 34 years old but considering his fitness, he could easily give 3, 4 more years to cricket which is a great thing for the Australian league.

Matches69
Wickets93
Economy7.62
Average19.98
Strike Rate15.7
Best5/23

3. Kane Richardson

Kane Richardson is another impactful Australian fast bowler whose batting skills also adds value to the team.

kane richardson: Best Bowlers in BBL History
Credits: HeraldSun

He has been a consistent bowler in the T20s. His understanding of the game is appreciable.

He is currently a part of Melbourne Renegades and has also represented Sydney Sixers in the past seasons.

In 79 BBL matches, Kane has taken 98 wickets at a strike rate of 17.5. Given that he bowls the death overs, his economy of less than 8 is impressive.

In the recent 10th season, he took 15 wickets in 11 matches at an amazing strike rate of 16.20. His best was 4/22.

Richardson still has a lot of years in his pocket. He can easily be the top bowler at the end of his career. His all-around add to his importance in the team.

Matches79
Wickets98
Economy7.82
Average22.90
Strike Rate17.5
Best4/22

2. Sean Abbott

Sean Abbott is a passionate fast bowler from Australia. Due to his fierceness, he faced a lot of criticism when Phillips Hughes died of a bouncer on his bowl. But he reincarnated himself from that trauma and bettered himself as a bowler.

sean abbott
Credits: SydneySixers

Sean Abbott currently features in the squad of Sydney Sixers. In 80 BBL matches, he has taken 106 wickets at a strike rate of 14.8 though he has a higher economy.

But that doesn’t devalue his importance in the team. His best was 5/16.

His peak came in season 8 where he took 22 wickets in 15 matches at a strike rate of less than 15 and an average of 20.14. He has been consistent in recent seasons.

Abbott also appeared for the national team. With age being in his pocket, he can surely be a great asset for the team with some batting skills down the order.

Matches80
Wickets106
Economy8.52
Average21.04
Strike Rate14.8
Best5/16

1. Ben Laughlin

If longevity is associated with BBL, then Ben Laughlin is the first player to grab it. He has played 96 matches in the league so far and has taken 111 wickets, most by any bowler in BBL.

He took these many wickets at a strike rate of 14.8 and an average of less than 25, making him our #1 pick for the best bowlers in BBL history.

Ben Laughlin plays for Adelaide Strikers. BBL-7 was his best season as he took 16 wickets from 12 matches. He is a right-arm medium pacer from Australia.

Laughlin is in the twilight of his career as he has aged 39. He could give some more performances but given his fitness, this might be it.

Matches96
Wickets111
Economy8.08
Average24.26
Strike Rate14.8
Best4/26

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Conclusion

So this was our list of the best bowlers in BBL history.

The above mentioned bowlers have done a really good job to make this league presentable on the World stage.

Many new faces are doing well and they might take over their predecessors. Big Bash League is blessed to have such bowlers who could take it to newer heights.

Did we miss out on your favorite BBL bowler? Which bowler would you have loved to see on our list of the best bowlers in BBL? Do let us know by tweeting us @weknowcricket. Cheers!

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