An ‘all-rounder’ in cricket term needs to be very focused with both abilities of batting and bowling. It’s not so easy to perform sensationally with the bat and ball all-at-once. But there have been quiet brilliant players who have proved themselves in cricket as ‘all-rounders’. They have won matches and their abilities were remarkable. Here we have them in our list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket. Scroll down to find out about them!
10. Richie Benaud
Richie Benaud was an Australian cricketer who was proved to be one of the best all-rounders in his time. He played 63 Test matches, in which he took 248 wickets as a right-arm leg-spin bowler and had scored 2201 career runs with the average of 24.45. He retired from all forms of cricket in 1964, and died in 2015. Richie Benaud holds the 10th spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
9. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram is a former Pakistani cricketer, widely regarded as one of the best of all times in cricket. He is been a terrific bowler in his times as he took 414 wickets in Test career and 502 wickets in his ODI career. Plus, his batting is been quiet helpful for the team. He has scored 2898 runs in Test career and 3717 runs in his ODI career. Undoubtedly, he mostly known for his top swing-bowling which really made him a hero of Pakistani cricket team. Wasim Akram holds the 9th spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
8. Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock is an former South African cricketer, who also led South Africa as a captain from 2000 to 2003. He was not just a classy bowler, but he was a handy batsman too. As a right arm fast-medium bowler, he took 421 wickets in his Test career and 393 wickets in his ODI career. As a batsman, he has scored 3,781 runs in Test format and 3,519 runs in ODI format. That record made him an absolutely perfect all-rounder for his team. Shaun Pollock holds the 8th spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
7. Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff is an former English cricketer, who is been regarded as ‘new Botham’ in his younger time. He had an impressive talent and skills in the game that made him one of the greatest all-rounders. He took 226 wickets in his Test career and 168 wickets in his ODI career. But what counted the most was his batting, beside of his fabulous bowling. He has scored 3,845 runs in Test format and 3,394 runs in his ODI career. Overall, he is been an prominent performer in cricket and that’s why he holds the 7th spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
6. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is an former South African cricketer, in fact he is one of the best cricketers of all time. Speaking up about his career, no doubt, he had an outstanding all-rounder career with best skills. As a batsman, he has scored 13,289 runs in his Test career and 11,579 runs in his ODI career. Not just a great batsman, but he was an impressive bowler who has taken 292 wickets in Test format and 273 wickets in his ODI career. Jacques Kallis holds the 6th spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
5. Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee is an former New Zealand cricketer, who is been a first one to take 400 wickets in history of cricket. He had an interesting cricket career, having interesting batting and bowling skills. In 86 Test matches, he took 431 wickets and besides, scored 3,124 runs as a batsman. In his ODI career, he took 158 wickets and scored 1751 runs. Being a best batsman and a bowler is why he takes the 5th spot in the list Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
4. Ian Botham
Ian Botham is an former English cricketer, in fact one of the finest-produced cricketers in history. He was truly perfect with his all-rounder career as a he was even a fastest batsman and a bowler in Test-format. In his 102 matches in Test career, he took 383 wickets and scored 5200 runs. In his ODI career, he took 145 wickets and scored 2113 runs. He is been a brilliant player in England cricket team and that’s why he takes the 4th spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
3. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is an former Indian cricketer, undoubtedly, you can call him ‘iconic performer’ of his time. He was a key performer for India when they triumphed World Cup in 1983. In his Test career, he took 434 wickets and scored 5248 runs. In his ODI career, he took 253 wickets and scored 3783 runs. Now, that’s why he was an amazing player in Indian cricket team. For his brilliant performing ability, he holds the 3rd spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
2. Imran Khan
Imran Khan is an former Pakistani cricket. He was an absolutely active and talented cricketer Pakistan ever produced. He led Pakistan cricket team to triumph the World Cup in 1992. Besides being a top-class swing bowler, he had brilliant skills with the bat too. In his Test career, he took 362 wickets and scored 3807 runs. In his ODI career, he took 182 wickets and scored 3709 runs. Imran Khan holds the 2nd spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket.
1. Sir Gary Sobers
Sir Gary Sobers is an former West Indian cricketer, in fact known as one of the ‘Cricket Legends’. Truly, he was an inspirational cricketer in his time. The he was at that time, made him absolutely an greatest all-rounder of all time. He had an amazing Test career in which he took 235 wickets and scored 8032 runs with the batting average of 57.78. The most noticeable thing is that he made such a record in just 88 matches that he played, but unfortunate is that he retired when the limited overs format was introduced. He only played 1 ODI match in his entire cricket career. But with his outstanding Test records, he holds the 1st spot in the list of Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders In History of Cricket. Winner!
So well, here we end up with an stimulating list of greatest all-rounders in cricket history. Hope you enjoyed it! Surely, we wanna know that who is your favorite one the list whom you enjoyed the most while watching a cricket match? Share your thoughts with us!
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