Good all-rounders are like a precious gift for any cricket team. The reason is that only a few people out of thousands have the ability to be excellent in both batting and bowling departments. It not that much difficult for many but to bowl and bat but only a few become the legends in this area due to their special capabilities and handwork. So here we have chosen the top 10 greatest all-rounders of all time that were able to create an everlasting impact.
1. Garfield Sobers
Garfield Sobers is a former West Indian player who is regarded as the greatest all=rounder in the history of cricket. He made his debut against England in 1954. He was a left handed batsman and a left arm orthodox bowler. He was awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the century award in the year 2000. H had taken 235 wickets and 26 centuries along with 30 half centuries in his cricket career.
2. Jacques Kallis
The South African all-rounder is at number two on the list. Jacques Kallis is known for his classic style of batting and also he is a very useful right arm fast-medium bowler who has taken more than 270 wickets. The South African team depends a lot on his abilities and experience. Kallis holds the record of being the only cricketer in history of both ODI and Test cricket to score 11,000 runs and take 250.
3. Imran Khan
Imran Kan is the former pakistani cricketer and the most successful captain of Pakistan cricket team, under whom supervision Pakistan had won the 1992 World Cup. He is also a famous social worker (Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre) and a successful politician. He was a right handed batsman and a fast bowler and is known as one of the very best all-rounders in cricket history. He had taken 362 Test wickets along with 6 centuries and 16 fifties.
4. Keith Miller
Keith Miller was an Australin all-rounder the perhaps one of the very best one. As a batsman he had scored 2958 runs including 7 centuries and 13 half-centuries. He was equally effective with both bat and ball which gives him the 4th spot on the list.
5. Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee is one of the most prominent all-rounders in cricketing history. He was a right arm pace bowler and an aggressive left-handed batsman fro New Zealands national cricket team.. He took 431 wickets in his career which were the highest at that time. He also scored 2 centuries and 15 half centuries.
6. Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya is a former Sri Lankan cricketer. He retired from test cricket in December 2007 and from limited overs cricket in 2011. Jayasuriya was an all-rounder who scored over 13,000 runs and took 323 wickets which makes him the 10th highest wicket taker bowler in ODIs till now. Sri Lanka Cricket appointed him as the chairman of cricket selecting committee in January 2013.
7. Ian Botham
Ian Botham was an English all-rounder from 1980’s. He is most famous for his performance in Ashes series of 1981 in which England defeated Australia by 3-1. He scored 14 centuries and 22 half-centuries along with 383 wickets.
8. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is a former Indian cricketer and perhaps India’s greatest all-rounder ever. He was the captain of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 ricket World Cup. He is the only players in the history of cricket who has taken more than 400 wickets and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests.In 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
9. Shaun Pollock
Shaun Maclean Pollock is a retired South African cricketer who is the leading wicket taker among South Africans. From 2000 to 2003 he was the captain of the South African cricket team. In his ODI career of 303 matches he took 393 wickets. He was also very handy with the bat often coming out at the lower order and scoring qiuck runs for his team.
10. Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff also known as “Freddie” is an English all-rounder who played for the national cricket team of England. He was a fast bowler who could bowl over 140 kilometers per hour and took 226 wickets. Along with his superb bowling capability he also scored five centuries and 26 half-centuries.
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