There was a time when the Melbourne Renegades used to be one of the strongest teams in the competition. But they have been underperforming ever since they last won the title. That is also due the fact that they have shuffled around their team over the last few years. However they also have a good young team that is brimming with talent. And maybe this is the year they can finally turn it around. Let us look at their line-up.
1. Aaron Finch -
Australia’s T20 World Cup winning captain, Aaron Finch is one of the best white-ball openers Australia has produced over the years. When he is on-song, there is no one like him. He can change the game in the blink of an eye. He has been Australia’s go-to opener for a better part of a decade now.
2. Mackenzie Harvey -
Young and talented he is one of the most young exciting prospect that Australia has to offer and he can play the short ball quite well and he can also find the boundaries at will and with age by his side he is someone who will definitely rise up to the ranks
3. Sam Harper -
Some Harper is a perfect example of today's youth. He is someone who is not afraid to take on any bowler no matter what his repetition is or what pace he bowls at. He is someone who will look to play the aggressors role right from the start and try to take the attack to the opposition. He has been in good touch ever since he has started being in the BBL and also sealed a permanent spot in the playing 11 of the formidable Melbourne renegades batting lineup.
4. Shaun Marsh -
Shaun Marsh is one of the most effective T20 batsmen there has been for a long time. He has played in leagues all over the world his name needs no introduction and he has also been a part of Australia's set up for the last 10 years or so and has played all three formats for the Aussies. He brings power, aggression and tonnes of experience to this Melbourne Renegades side
5. Nic Maddinson -
Nic Maddinson has been appointed as the captain of the Melbourne Renegades side after Aaron Finch decided to step down from captaincy. He has been a regular player in the BBL for quite a few years now. Initially he was a part of the Sydney Sixers’ lineup but eventually he has shuffled around the franchises a bit. He is a destructive batsmen who plays with a lot of aggression and someone who has all the shots in the book and on his day you don't want to come up against him. As this is his first tainted captaincy it will be interesting to see how he carries his side forward and how good they perform in this year's BBL under him.
6. Marcus Harris -
Marcus Harris was a part of Australia's test side for quite some time. However due to lack of consistency, he has lost his place in the side. But with that being said, he is undoubtedly one of the best drivers of the ball in this modern era of Australian Cricketers. He can be very useful in the powerplay who can anchor the innings if they plan on going hard from the other end.
7. Mohammad Nabi -
Mohammad Nabi is a name that needs no introduction especially when it comes to T20 cricket. He has been a regular player across all leagues in the world and he has been there and done it all. A proven match winner, he is a very good bowler and an equally good batsmen. He's someone who can take wickets and also stop the flow of runs and while batting he is equally devastating and it is very hard to contain him. He is the pillar of the Renegades bowling and batting order. If the Melbourne Renegades are to do something good in this year’s BBL, he certainly has to come good for them.
8. James Pattinson -
James Pattinson is a very experienced player. He has played quite a few tests for Australia , he has also played quite a few ODI’S and T20’S. He's someone who can bowl the slower balls quite well and also swing the ball if there is even the slightest help available on the pitch. He is someone you can look up to when you need to break a partnership or just seize the opposition’s momentum.
9. Kane Richardson -
Kane Richardson is one of the fastest bowlers in the Australian setup. He has a good height, he can bowl at a particular pace and also bowl yorkers and slower balls at will. He is your go-to bowler when you are in trouble. With him and James Pattinson in their side the Renegades have quite a formidable pace attack
10. Zahir Khan -
Another good player that has come from the Afghanistan ranks is Zahir Khan. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan have definitely made a name for themselves. However this young bloke is also someone who has a lot of talent and he has a certain bag of tricks up his sleeve. The Renegades will use him very smartly when they need a wicket or when they need to curb the flow of runs. If they use him properly, he can be a major weapon in this already explosive Melbourne Renegades bowling line-up.