Things can change in the blink of an eye. And that’s exactly what happened with my favourite KFC Big Bash League cricket franchise, the Melbourne Renegades. From sheer happiness in BBL season 8 to utter rock bottom disappointment the following season. With stars like Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, and Kane Richardson, it’s hard to fathom a report card that read:
Played: 14 Won: 3 Loss: 11 Points:6 Net Run Rate: -0.385
And not to forget, the horrendous start to the recently concluded season.
#BBL08: Fond Memories
We all (Renegades fans) had incredible memories of the team doing so well last year. A 2nd place finish in the regular season and eventually becoming BBL champions, that too by winning the summit clash against neighbours, the Melbourne Stars. It was a terrific season, and fans like me were eagerly waiting for BBL 09 wherein every match the boys took the field, the would be known as the defending champions – a proud feeling, indeed. But like I said, things change, and they can change drastically.
Shaun Marsh Signs
As champions, you’d obviously like to start with a bang and Renegades did that a few months before the season kicked off by roping in stalwart Shaun Marsh from the Perth Scorchers. An addition that everyone believed was going to bolster an already star-studded Renegades side.
#BBL09: A Horrendous Beginning
But as luck would have it, nothing, absolutely nothing clicked for the champions. Game after game, they kept finding themselves on the wrong side of results. The losses column kept swelling and eventually it read like this at one stage:
Played: 9 Won: 0 Loss: 9
And it went from bad to worse, as skipper Aaron Finch had to depart for International duties. Whereas key players like Shaun Marsh and Sam Harper were ruled out due to injuries. The play-offs hopes were already over, but fans were dreaded for the worst – a winless season. And with three key players gone, it was fair to think for the worst.
But the team finally managed to win a game courtesy the leadership of the stand-in skipper Dan Christian. The season was done and dusted, but a win after ages was something to cherish for the players and for the fans like me.
Signing Off With Hope
By the time the Melbourne Renegades won their first win, it was almost certain that the team would end up as the wooden spooners. And in their final game of the season, Renegades signed off with a win. A win that gives hope for the next season. Fingers crossed. And oh yes, not to forget, Finchy was back for the last couple of matches, and he ended the season on a high with a cracking BBL hundred and an unbeaten 63* to sign the season off with some hope.
No doubt its been a forgettable season for the men in red, but to perform like this after being crowned champions the previous edition is very disappointing. Without a doubt, this is the ‘Gades worst ever season by far. And things cannot get worse than this. Hence, as Renegades fans, we can only hope Aaron Finch and the boys will bounce back strongly in #BBL10. Until then, lets hope the think tank can ring in a few changes. Perhaps, sign some solid overseas players, maybe?