The seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) culminated on Saturday (November 27) with the Perth Scorchers emerging victorious. They beat Adelaide Strikers by 12 runs and managed to win their maiden title. The seventh edition of WBBL saw plenty of good cricket being played by all eight teams. Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat managed to show consistency. Meanwhile, Scorchers and Strikers continued to impress with their aggressive style of play.
Some players like Beth Mooney, Sophie Devine, Tahlia McGrath, and Marizanne Kapp yet again displayed their class. However, the biggest and most remarkable factor was the presence of the Indian players in this year’s edition. Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, and Richa Ghosh played in WBBL seven. The number was the highest in terms of Indian players participating in a season of WBBL. The Indians made their mark and delivered brilliant performances.
Harmanpreet Kaur led the way by bagging the Player of the Tournament award. The Renegades player showed her class in the batting and bowling department. She scored 406 runs and picked up 15 wickets. In the middle order, she played her part perfectly and finished a lot of matches for Renegades. Meanwhile her deputy in T20Is for India, Mandhana ended up scoring 377 runs for Sydney Thunder, the highlight being a record 114 off just 64 balls against Renegades. She equalled the highest score in WBBL history.
Shafali Verma and Rodrigues blew hot and cold for their respective teams’ Sixers and Renegades. Verma had a disappointing season and scored 191 runs. Rodrigues fared a little better as she scored 333 runs in 13 games.
Thunder all-rounder Deepti Sharma had a memorable season with bat and ball. She was the one bright spot in an otherwise dismal campaign for Thunder. The all-rounder scored 211 runs and picked up 13 wickets. Meanwhile, Radha Yadav, Ghosh, and Poonam Yadav impressed for Sixers, Hurricanes, and Heat respectively.