The Greatest All-rounders in Cricket History-3

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In the gentleman’s game, many numerous and diverse legendary cricketers have been blessed with an exceptional skill set in both batting and bowling.

In cricketing history, we have witnessed a few greats that have been gifted enough to be regarded as deadly and versatile weapons with both the ball and bat.

Many cricketing grandstanders can declare themselves to be amongst this exclusive group, while only a handful of these will go down in the history books as being all-time greats.

Genuine All-Rounders are like gold dust, as they are difficult to produce, but a huge asset if they can manage the workload.

From Sir Garfield Sobers, Imran Khan, and Kapil dev to Jaques Kallis, Andrew Flintoff, and Shahid Afridi, here are the greatest all-rounders of all time who have assailed the pitches with their bowling, entertained the spectators with sensational batting and won the hearts and minds of fans across the globe.

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Jaques Kallis (1995-2014)  – South Africa

Test Career: 166 matches, 13,289 runs, 55.37 batting average, 45 centuries, 292 wickets, 32.65 bowling average.

ODI Career: 328 matches, 11,579 runs, 44.36 batting average, 17 centuries, 273 wickets, 31.79 bowling average.

T20I Career: 25 matches, 666 runs, 35.05 batting average, 0 centuries, 12 wickets, 27.75 bowling average.

At number 5 comes South Africa’s most versatile chap, Jacques Kallis. And I personally think he has to be on the top mark in the Greatest All-rounders list.

Kallis made the South African side an onerous and composite unit that won the series after on their home soil as well as abroad. Kallis was truly a gift to cricket as he was the supreme all-rounder that could have been a part of any side in any era of the game.

Batting at Number 4 for the Proteas, he scored many brilliant knocks with absolute control throughout the globe, and on many occasions, he made many remarkable centuries only for the entertainment of the spectators.

His numbers are unbelievable and beyond comparison, as he set the benchmark for many players of all teams. Kallis was also a gentleman that played in the spirit of the game and hardly lost his cool temperament in his illustrious career.

With the ball in hand, he always gave Proteas important wickets in the middle overs and was a perfect contrast to Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock in the late 90s and Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in the 2000s.

The one thing that also makes him unique from the rest of the cricketing company was his slip catching. The bucket hands of Kallis had been just superb in the slip region to both fast bowlers and spinners.

Richard Hadlee (1973-1990)  – New Zealand

Test Career: 86 matches, 3,124 runs, 27.16 batting average, 2 centuries, 431 wickets, 22.29 bowling average.

ODI Career: 115 matches, 1,751 runs, 21.61 batting average, 0 century, 158 wickets, 21.56 bowling average.

In at number 6 is the Kiwi’s most eminent chap, Sir Richard John Hadlee. Richard Hadlee had a masterclass career playing for New Zealand. He was the first bowler to pick up 400 wickets in Tests. He also was the highest wicket-taker (431) in Tests when he retired.

He was declared the most lethal bowler between 1978 and 1988 and is one of the greatest swing bowlers of all time.

He played in an era that witnessed four of the most exquisite All Rounders of All-time which were Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, and himself.

All other 3 greats earn the position above him just because of the fact that all of them as the batsmen were head to head with each other, but when it came to bowling he was far ahead of them.

He was also a handy lower-order batsman who would come in and throw his bat at the ball, ending up with a reasonable average of 27.16 which included two centuries and 15 half-centuries.

This showed that during his times, Hadlee was a versatile bowling all-rounder, plus, a capable left-handed batsman who could provide crucial runs nearer to the end of an innings.

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