T20 streak underlines Christian's value

Hurricanes allrounder set for his ninth career T20 final and fourth in the past 10 months

Pick any T20 tournament from the past 10 months and there's a pretty good chance Aussie allrounder Dan Christian has been there at the pointy end of the competition.

Christian was part of the Hobart Hurricanes side that stunned Perth Scorchers on Thursday night to qualify for the KFC BBL final, a first for the franchise from the Apple Isle.

Christian carts quick-fire 37 in late assault

While the majority of Hobart's squad are yet to play in the decider of a major T20 tournament, Christian is a veteran of competition deciders; Sunday's clash will be his ninth domestic final and the fourth since the middle of May last year.

Christian, 34, is the definition of a cricketing journeyman; having grown up in country New South Wales, the allrounder has represented teams in five of the six cricket-playing Australian states (New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Brisbane Heat and Hobart) as well as four English county sides, one Caribbean Premier League franchise and his move to Delhi Daredevils for this year's Indian Premier League represents his fourth IPL side.

And despite still juggling first-class and one-day duties with Victoria, he's spent much of the past few years as a T20 gun for hire, leading to an extraordinary level of success in 20-over cricket last year.

The allrounder's dream 2017 started in the Indian Premier League, shortly after he won a third Sheffield Shield title with Victoria. Christian played 13 of 16 matches and more than held his own alongside established international stars like Steve Smith and Ben Stokes as Rising Pune Supergiant reached the IPL final, which they lost in a thriller.

May 2017: Six balls that won Mumbai the title

From there Christian jetted off the United Kingdom for another season with the Notts Outlaws in England's T20 Blast, where he captained the county to the title - and picked up a black eye for his troubles thanks to an over-zealous official at the trophy presentation (see video below).

Just a week later, Christian was on the victory dais again; flown in to the Caribbean as a last minute replacement for the injured Brendon McCullum, Christian played three matches for Trinbago Knight Riders, including their victory in the CPL final.

Sep 2017: Christian's hectic week continues in CPL

While Christian hasn't quite reached the heights of Andre Russell's incredible nine-month stretch in 2015-16, when the West Indies allrounder was part of title-winning teams in the Bangladesh Premier League, BBL, Pakistan Super League, ICC World T20 and CPL, he has still built an enviable resume of success around the world in the shortest form of the game.

And he could add to it with victory on Sunday for what would be Hobart's first taste of BBL silverware.

"Finals are pretty funny," Christian said in Perth on Thursday. "You sort of come into them and you want to play that perfect game, but it’s not often you get the opportunity to do it.

"But everything just fell our way tonight. It was just one of those nights, we were pretty lucky."

Dan Christian in T20 finals

2006: Big Bash, NSW v Victoria (lost)
2010: Big Bash, South Australia v Victoria (lost)
2010: England T20, Hampshire v Somerset (won)
2011: Big Bash, South Australia v NSW (won)
2013: BBL, Heat v Scorchers (won)
2017: IPL, Rising Pune Supergiant v Mumbai (lost)
2017: T20 Blast, Notts v Birmingham (won)
2017: CPL, Trinbago v St Kitts (won)

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