There is no scarcity of batsmen or bowlers in a game of cricket. However, a competent all-rounder — a player who can both bat and bowl impeccably are a bit difficult to find. All-rounders are generally categorized into two categories: batting and bowling. Batting all-rounders’ major ability is impeccable batting, but they can also display some immense performance in bowling. Bowling all-rounders are exceptional when it comes to bowling. An all-rounder’s contribution to the game in any format is priceless. Even in online fantasy cricket sites in Bangladesh, there’s a section where you have to select a minimum of 2 all-rounder players for your dream team. Every team yearns for a top-notch all-rounder who can win games with both the ball and the bat, making them the rarest breed of all the positions in cricket.
In this article, we present a list of the top five all-rounder players in the world who have shown some immense performance during their respective eras.
South Africa boasts some of the finest all-rounders in the world, and Shaun Pollock is one of the best among them. Pollock was more destructive with bowling than with batting. Pollock hail from a well-known family of cricketing legends. He generally came to bat in the 7th and 8th positions, and his international run total is 7,386. Pollock’s impeccable line and length, along with his devastating swing, wreaked havoc on opposing batters. Pollock has bagged a total of 829 international wickets.
Andrew Flintoff is widely recognized for his efforts in the 2005 Ashes series, in which England won the Ashes for the first time since the 1986/87 season, defeating a world-class Australian squad. Flintoff, a fast bowler who could bowl above 140 kilometres per hour, got 226 wickets at an average of 32.78. He was also a capable fast-scoring batsman, averaging 31.07 with five centuries and 26 half-centuries to his account.
Ravindra Jadeja is noted for his pinpoint accuracy with the bat and his ability to complete an over in a matter of seconds. Jadeja has also bagged the record as the fastest left-arm bowler to reach 200 Test wickets. Jadeja has a tremendous record as a batsman in first-class cricket, but his batting hasn’t always been reliable. In 2016, things changed for him, and he’s been averaging 47.15 with the bat ever since. The Indian all-rounder is also a fantastic fielder, capable of changing the course of a game with direct knocks or spectacular catches.
More than ten thousand runs and 250 wickets in Test and ODI cricket, 338 catches, and the most Man of the Match awards in Test cricket are more than enough to justify Jacques Kallis’s capability as an all-rounder. He raised the bar for all-rounders to the point where their batting and bowling statistics are comparable to those of a full-fledged batsman and bowler. From 1995 to 2014, he had the most successful 19-year career any all-rounder could ask for. He also had a successful T20 career.
Kapil Dev had a 16-year test career during which he established himself as a reliable bowler and a hard-hitting batsman. Kapil Dev became the second bowler in history to take 400 wickets, breaking Richard Hadlee’s world record of 434 wickets at an average of 29.64. In a career that includes eight centuries and 27 half-centuries, he averaged 31.05 with his batting.
All-rounders are a gem for every cricket team and they play a very important part in every game. So, if you are a fan of fantasy sports in Bangladesh, make sure to choose your all-rounder players very carefully.