With the initiation of a number of T20 leagues all over the world, the era of specialist players seems to be dying a slow death. Always looked down upon for their lack of skills, the ‘bits and pieces’ cricketers are slowly making their presence felt in a format where every team needs players who can contribute in more than one department of the game. An all-rounder in cricketer not only provides the captain with the much-needed balance but can prove to be a serious match winner with both bat and ball. A genuine all-rounder is a player who is counted as a consistent batsman and a specialist bowler. He can earn a place in the team purely due to his potential in batting or bowling. Over the years, the game of cricket has witnessed a plethora of genuine all-rounders, players who have the ability to score hundreds in tough conditions as well as bowl hour after hour, picking up crucial wickets at important junctures of the game.
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Yes, it’s true. The worth of a player is known only after he has bid adieu to the grand stage. Arguably, the best all-rounder in this generation, Jacques Kallis often remained under the shadows of his famed counterparts Sachin Tendulkar (http://www.mensxp.com/sports/cricket/29327-this-statistical-comparison-of-sachin-virat-is-proof-that-number-don-t-always-tell-the-truth.html) , Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara, with his due credit being accorded only after he had retired from the game. Scoring 13,289 Test runs at an average of 55.37 with 45 centuries and 292 Test wickets in 166 games give an adequate glimpse of the powerhouse that Kallis was. In the limited formats as well, the South African scored over 10,000 runs, picking up 272 wickets in 328 matches. Some unbelievable stuff!
If Don Bradman is THE cricketer who has set the standards for batsmen in the sport, Sir Garfield Sobers stands at the pinnacle of the all-rounder list, setting the example for his achievements in all spheres of the game. The most fearful of the West Indian squad of the 1970s and 80s, Sobers, both statistically and with the kind of impact he had over the opposition, established a benchmark in consistency by picking up 235 wickets in 93 Test matches and scoring 8032 runs with a highest of 365*at an average of 57.78, which was at that time second only to Bradman.
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Pitting Sanath Jayasuriya and Shakib-al-Hasan to the last spot, Chris Cairns, with thirteen 5 wicket hauls in Test matches and a batting average of 33.53 with 5 Test centuries, rounds up our list of the 10 greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket.
A bowling all-rounder, Shaun Pollock is best remembered for his ability to be accurate while delivering a swinging ball. Considered as one of the most consistent bowlers in world cricket, Pollock holds the record for the maximum wickets by a South African in Test matches (421). Even in ODIs, the South African holds the record for the best economy amongst bowlers with more than 300 wickets. Even though Pollock only has two centuries to his name, a batting average of 32.31 gives a fair glimpse of his skills with the willow as well.
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