Top Eight All-Rounders in world cricket
English cricket is in pretty good shape at the moment following a history making test series win in India and although the ODI series may not be going so well, the team have only recently lost their number one spot in the rankings. However, it has been a struggle for the selectors to find genuine all-rounders in the mould of a Freddie Flintoff in his prime. The likes of Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan and Chris Woakes are in and out of the team in various formats so to see if we can find some consistency for the English we here at FREEbets.org.uk we look at the top all-rounders in world cricket.
8. Ravindra Jadeja
The 24-year-old Indian may not have really broken into the test arena as yet but he is making his mark in the 50-over game and it is probably only a matter of time before he improves on his one test cap thus far. There doesn’t seem to be a lot to his slow left-arm orthodox bowling but it has had batsmen in all sorts of trouble which has led to 69 wickets in 64 ODIs at a decent economy of 4.80.
He doesn’t always get much of a go with the bat due to India’s excellent top order but he is an extremely useful man to have coming in at number seven or eight. He averages just a shade under 30 with six half-centuries and a strike rate of over 80. He has a long way to go to become a complete all-rounder but he would certainly get into any 50-over side in the world right now.
7. Yuvraj Singh
Jadeja’s compatriot would be seen by some as just a part-time bowler but anyone who has claimed 109 wickets in ODIs has to be considered an all-rounder by anyone. Again he is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler who doesn’t look too dangerous but clearly he has ways of getting people out in limited overs cricket, just ask Kevin Pietersen.
His batting is unquestionably his strength though and why he is in the team and has played an enormous 281 ODIs for India. He averages over 37 with a strike rate over 87 with 13 centuries and 50 half centuries along the way and with the bowling to boot he is one of the most useful cricketers in the world.
6. Chris Gayle
Again you would call Gayle a batsman who bowls a bit but like Yuvraj he would always argue he is an all-rounder and with 72 test wickets and 157 in ODIs it is difficult to argue with the big man.
As mentioned he is predominantly a batsman and has outstanding figures in all forms of the game. Averaging over 42 in tests, over 38 in ODIs and possibly most impressively over 36 in T20s Gayle is arguably the most valuable batsman in the world game and certainly there are few players who a team relies on more than the West Indies on their main man.
His bowling is nowhere near as explosive as his batting but his slow off-breaks do enough and there will be many a full-time bowler who will love to have taken the amount of wickets that the Gayle force has.