Who is the greatest Indian all-rounder ever?
The Indian Cricket Team has been blessed with some fantastic players throughout their history. Since debuting in 1932 in international cricket, India has won 2 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2 Champions Trophies and one World T20. Some of India’s best all-rounders of all-time, played a massive part in those triumphs.
Plus, India has had success in the test arena, becoming the number one ranked team on multiple occasions. They currently hold the ICC test mace as well. The likes of Axar Patel, Washington Sundar and Hardik Pandya look to be fabulous players that can carry the Indian Cricket Team in the future.
But, who are India’s top 5 best all-rounders of all-time?
The current Indian coach was a very fine all-rounder on his day and is number 5 on this list. One of his most notable knocks is the 206 that he scored at Sydney in 1991/92 – the same series where a young Shane Warne made his test debut. He also picked up 4 wickets in the second innings of that game.
Shastri has scored over 3000 runs in both test matches and ODI’s. Plus, he has over 100 wickets in both formats of the game.
Vinoo Mankad, who is perhaps best known for the cricketing term that is related to his name, features at number four. The Mankad rule currently applies to run outs, whereby the non-striker can be run out if they are out of their crease while the bowler is running into bowl.
In 44 tests, Mankad scored over 2000 runs and picked up over 150 wickets. He is also known for his record 413 run opening partnership with Pankaj Roy against New Zealand at Chennai in 1956. It remained the highest opening partnership by any opening pair until it was broken by Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie in 2008.
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Ravindra Jadeja, a brilliant all-round cricketer, who is one of the best fielders in world cricket is third on our list. He has been awesome for India in all three formats of the game, but his record in Tests and ODI’s is very good.
He was the leading wicket-taker at the 2013 Champions Trophy and helped India to their second triumph in the competition. Jadeja picked up 12 wickets at a bowling average of 13. Overall, Jadeja has played 168 ODIs and has nearly 2500 runs and over 150 wickets in the format.
In test match cricket, Jadeja continues to form an awesome duo with Ravi Ashwin. The pair have helped India become almost unbeatable at home and very competitive away. He averages 36 with the bat and has nearly 2000 runs in the format. Plus, Jadeja has taken 220 wickets at a bowling average of 24.
Arguably India’s second best spin bowler of all-time, Ravi Ashwin is also a very fine batsman and features at number two on our list of best Indian all-rounders. He has scored 4 test match centuries – all four coming against the West Indies, whom he averages over 50 in test cricket against with the bat. Plus, he has taken 60 wickets at a bowling average of 22 against them.
Ashwin’s overall test record is also very good – 2500 runs and over 350 test wickets. This is at a batting average of 28 and a bowling average of 26. He took 8 wickets at a bowling average of 22.62 in the 2013 Champions Trophy to help India win the title.
Ravi Ashwin is currently India’s best all-rounder in test match cricket due to his dominance in the format over the last decade.
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Kapil Dev is India’s greatest ever all-rounder without doubt. He is number one due to his incredible feats. His impact in the 1983 Cricket World Cup could not have been more significant. Dev’s 175 against Zimbabwe, when India were struggling at 77-8, helped them to the semi-final and eventually resulted in them winning the tournament.
Overall, in 225 ODI’s, he has scored nearly 4000 runs and picked up over 250 wickets. In test cricket, he was equally as good, if not better. Kapil Dev still remains India’s second-highest wicket-taker in the format but he is the highest by a fast bowler from the nation. Kapil Dev has also scored over 5000 test match runs.
He inspired a generation of fast bowlers in India and also all-rounders. For that, he remains the undisputed best in Indian history.
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