Ben Dunk, a wicketkeeper-batsman who embarked on his cricketing journey in his hometown of Queensland, later found new opportunities and experiences in Tasmania. While playing for the Bulls, he showcased his talent with some notable performances, including an impressive unbeaten 115 off 124 deliveries in a one-day match against Western Australia. Additionally, he played an unforgettable inning of 70 not out from just 40 balls during the 2009-10 Big Bash.
However, Dunk’s major breakthrough came during the 2013-14 Big Bash League. In this remarkable season, the left-handed batsman amassed a total of 395 runs for the Hobart Hurricanes, earning him the prestigious title of Player of the Tournament. His exceptional performances included a brilliant 96 against Sydney Thunder and impressive scores of 87 and 67 against Brisbane Heat. The latter innings, completed in just 20 balls, set a tournament record for the fastest half-century at that time. His exceptional display during this season caught the attention of teams abroad, leading to lucrative contracts with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and the Antigua Hawksbills in the Caribbean Premier League.
Notably, Dunk etched his name in Australian domestic cricket history by scoring a record-breaking 229 not out against the Queensland Bulls during the 2014 Matador Cup. His remarkable consistency and performances earned him a spot in the Australian Twenty20 side. Furthermore, he emerged as the leading run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield during the 2015-16 season, accumulating a total of 837 runs at an impressive average of 46.50. Dunk continued to shine in the Big Bash League, topping the run-scoring charts in BBL|06 with 364 runs to his name.