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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Cricket: Top Ten All Rounder of All Time

When it comes to cricket, all rounders play a vital role behind the success of a team. If you do not know that much about cricket, then let me explain to you what is an all-rounder in cricket. According to Wikipedia:
“An all-rounder is a cricket player who excels at both batting and bowling. Although all bowlers must bat, and most batsmen end up bowling occasionally, most players are skilled in only one of the two disciplines. Wicket-keepers who are also very good batsmen (such as Adam Gilchrist) are considered by some to be all-rounders.”

Here, I have made a list of the ten greatest all rounders of all time in test cricket. They played decisive role in the success of their teams. Some of them also captained their respective teams.
If you feel that any other name should come in this list, let me know in the comment section.

Jacques Kallis

Jacques Henry Kallis is undoubtedly the best all rounder at present in the cricket world. This charismatic cricketer has showed his talent in both one day and test cricket with both his bowl and bat. This year he has achieved a prestigious milestone which is unique in the history of cricket. This South African cricketer has been the first cricketer in the history who has more then 8000 runs and 200 wickets in both types of cricket. He has made 8033 runs in test cricket with an excellent average of 55.78. In his career he could reach in three figure runs for 24 times. In one day cricket, he scored 8327 runs yet with a modest average of 43.59 along with 14 centuries. With bowl, he took 200 wickets in test cricket and 218 wickets in One day cricket. His bowling average is 31.71 and 31.31 in Test and ODI cricket respectively. He started his career as a test cricketer and debut match was against England in 1995. He is also a good slip fielder and made outstanding performance in this position of fielding. Regarding his cricketing potential and excellence, I am quoting some lines from safrica.info:

“As a fast-medium bowler he has the ability to surprise batsmen with his pace. His stock ball is the outswinger, and he can also bowl a vicious bouncer capable of unsettling the best of players. Besides his ability with both bat and ball, Kallis is also a top-class slip fielder, reminding one of Brian McMillan, who used to be such a star for South Africa in the slip cordon.”

This benevolent cricketer has already made some history in the history of cricket and now is going towards the highest pick to be another legend of this game.

Kapil Dev

Haryana Hurricane nicknamed this Indian cricketer is considered as one of the best all rounders in the history of cricket. Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj is the only test cricketer who has over 4000 runs and over 400 wickets. With this unique record he is dubbed as the greatest fast bowler ever seen in India. With his 434 test wickets, he became the highest wicket taker in test cricket in 1994 which he could hold till 1999 before West Indain fast bowler Courtney Walsh broke it. This outstanding cricketer made 8 centuries in the way of scoring 5248 with an average of 31.05 in test cricket. Kapil Dev is considered as one of the best captains of Indian cricket team and became the first and only Indian captain who lifted World Cup trophy in 1983. He made his only ODI century in that tournament saving his team form a tarnishing defeat to the then new comer Zimbabwe. At times the Indian scoreboard was 17 for 5, after coming in such a crucial situation, Kapil made a smashing 175 not out which gave a healthy appearance to the Indian scoreboard resulting a close victory of India in group match. He scored 3783 runs and got 253 wickets in ODI cricket. In a test match against Egland in 1990, Kapil made four consecutive sixes, while India needed 24 runs to avoid follow on and that was India’s last wicket. Surprisingly, in the very over, his partner, the 11th batsmen was out without scoring a further single run. Regarding this legendary cricketer Cricinfo says:

“It was the stamina of the marathon runner that took him finally to 431 wickets and only a yard beyond. He might not have been quite the bowling equal of Imran, Hadlee or Botham at his best, and his strike rate was less than four wickets per Test. But he was still outstanding in his accuracy and ability to swing the ball, usually away from right-handers. And he could hit a ball even more brilliantly than he bowled it, with uncomplicated flai”

Kapil Dev was born at Haryana in Chandigarh, India in 1959. He is now living his post retirement life and also involved with administration in Cricekt.

Imran Khan

Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi is another legendary figure in the history of cricket and known as a bowling all rounder. This former Pakistani captain has an outstanding performance both in Test and ODI cricket. Pakistan won their first and only world cup trophy under his captaincy in 1992. He scored 3807 runs in test cricket and 3709 in ODI cricket. He made 6 Test and 1 ODI century in his glorious career. He got 362 and 182 wickets in test and ODI cricket respectively. Statistics can not show his fullest potential and talent in cricket. His fire-some bowling was considered as one of the toughest challenges for the contemporary batsmen. His reverse swing was the constant threat for the then batsmen of the cricket world. Cricinfo says:

“Thousands, if not millions, who had never dreamt of bowling fast on heartless baked mud suddenly wanted to emulate Imran and his lithe bounding run, his leap and his reverse-swinging yorker. He also made himself into an allrounder worth a place for his batting alone, and captained Pakistan as well as anyone, rounding off his career with the 1992 World Cup.”

This great all rounder was born in Lahore in 1952. He was educated in Kebel College, Oxford in Economics. Now, he is involved with politics.

Richard Hadlee

Sir Richard John Hadlee is dubbed as one of the greatest al rounders in the history of cricket. This New Zealander is the first bowler who crossed the 400 wicket milestone in test cricket and once became the highest wicket taker in test cricket. He has over three thousand runs in test cricket with as average of 27.16 and got 431 wickets with the average of 22.29 in test cricket. Hadlee was right arm fast bowler but in batting he was a left handed middle order batsman. With his brilliant outswinger, he made some of the picturesque delivery which was hard enough to throw a challenge to his contemporary batsmen. He was an aggressive batsman in character.

For his excellent performance and contribution to cricket he was honored with Knight in 1990. This legendary cricketer is now the chairman of New Zealand board of selectors.

Ian Botham

Ian Bothan is another benevolent all rounder of cricket. This English cricketer made some outstanding performance in both test and ODI cricket. He has 5200 runs with an average of 33.54 and got 383 wickets in an average of 28.54. He played lowest number of matches to reach at some all round doubles including ‘1000 runs and 100 wickets’, ‘2000 runs and 200 wickets’, and ‘3000 runs and 300 wickets’. He became the first player to make 5000 runs along with 300 wickets in test cricket. He is the firs test cricketer who could make a century and take 10 wickets in a test match. These records can not well-prove his all round talent and outstanding skill in both bowling and batting. This former England captain is best known for his outstanding performance in the 1981 Ashes Series. In the third test of that series, England got a remarkable victory, even being fallen into follow on. The main contribution in that victory was of Botham with his unbeaten 149 in the second innings and total 7 wickets in that test. Regarding this great all rounder of the test cricket, Cricinfo says:

“His batting was based on sound principles and phenomenal strength; his bowling seemed by then to be more run-in-and-hope, but batsmen remained intimidated by his early reputation to the end. His apres-cricket activities were always turbulent, and often semi-public, yet his marriage to Kath has lasted 25 years-plus at odds that seemed greater of 500 to 1. Almost as improbably, he has settled into a calm-ish middle age as a TV commentator of some wit and sagacity.”

Botham played 102 test and 116 ODI matches in his 15 –year long cricket career. The glory of his career has been a part of the cricket history.

Garfield Sobers

Sir Garfield Sobers is another living legend in the history of cricket. He has more than 8000 runs and 200 wickets in test cricket which easily made his the best of this category of cricket. With an average of 57.78, he made 8032 runs in test cricket for which he is easily considered as one of the best batsmen in test cricket. Regarding this West Indian great Cricinfo says:

“ cricketing genius, Garry Sobers excelled at all aspects of the game, and few would argue his claim as the finest allround player in modern cricket. His exceptional Test batting average tells little about the manner in which he made the runs, his elegant yet powerful style marked by all the shots, but memorably his off-side play. As a batsman he was great, as a bowler, merely superb, but would have made the West Indies side as a bowler alone. He was remarkably versatile with the ball, bowling two styles of spin - left-arm orthodox and wrist spin, but was also a fine fast-medium opening bowler.”

He was born in 1936 in Barbados. He was also good at golf, football, basketball, table tennis.

Keith Miller

Keith Ross Miller was another legendary cricketer. This Australian benevolent cricket player showed his talent with both bowl and bat. He got 170 wickets with an average of 22.97 and made 2958 runs with an average of 36.97. TO many, he is the best all round performer in the mid of the last century. Regarding this legend Cricinfo says:

“But "Nugget" Miller was more than a cricketer: along with his English soulmate Denis Compton he embodied the idea that there was more to life than cricket. Miller, who was named after two pioneer Australian pilots - Keith and Ross Smith - was a fighter pilot himself in the Second World War, and after some extremely close shaves was well aware of the importance of life.”

Miller was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1919. He was the earliest all round performer of cricket.

Shaun Pollock

Shaun Maclean Pollock is another leading all round performer of present day cricket world. This former South African captain has some excelling record in both test and ODI cricket with both bowl and bat. He has 3515 runs and 395 wickets in test cricket. Moreover, his ODI career is not less eventful than that of his test. Pollock got 2935 runs and 364 wickets in ODI cricket. He has ability to swing the bowl in both ways and his accuracy in bowling makes him dangerous to any batsmen in the world. He is used to batting at lower order and with his pinch hitting character he served his team a lot of useful runs.

Chris Cairns

Christopher Lance Cairns is one of the greatest cricketers ever seen from New Zealand. This legendary figure of both test and one day cricket is best known for his outstanding all round performance with both bowl and bat. Though injuries sometimes came to his glorious career as an obstacle, he could sustain his performance and career with some of his memorable performance. Cairns captained New Zealand for seven times specially on the absence of Stephen Fleming. He took 218 wickets with an average of 29.40 and got 3320 runs with an average of 33.53 in test cricket. In his successful career he just played 62 test matches due to injuries for several times. In ODI cricket, he also showed his talent and skill with his hard hitting batting and also proved himself as an effective fast-medium bowler. He got 201 wickets and 4950 runs in 215 ODI matches. This benevolent figure of world cricket, cricinfo said:

One of the more colourful characters in the New Zealand side, Chris Cairns has developed from something of a rebel to a more senior statesman, especially after the part he played in ending the players' strike in 2002. However, his genuine ability has been seen in only fleeting glimpses due to an inordinate number of injuries at crucial stages.

Cairns became one of the five Wisden cricketers of the year in 2000.

Andrew Flintoff
Fintof is a great bowler who can bat with great skill. He is an Englishman and has emerged as one of the most influential all rounders in cricket in the last 2 years. He plays County cricket for Lancashire. His batting average of 32.47 in test cricket is a great one for a bowler who can bat. He has scored over 3000 runs and he is near to capturing 200 wickets. This is a combination that very few players in cricket history have achieved so far in the last more than one hundred years of test cricket history. What is amazing about Flintoff is that he can bowl and bat aggressively.
He can use his height (6' 4") while bowling. He can also use his strength while batting. Watching him to bat is a sheer entertainment for the crowd. He has some few years left and he would become one of the greatest all rounders of all time with great stats.


  1. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Very nice article. Thanks for that. I'd agree with your choices.

    PS: Needs some spelling corrections.

  2. Anonymous6:33 AM

    Where is the master of swing Wasim Akram.. Have you gone mad? i list without wasim is bullshit..

    1. Where is abdul razzaq ?

    2. Anonymous9:29 AM


  3. Anonymous10:31 AM

    lol...this article must have been written by an Indian...Kail Dev was good, but no amongst the top 10 of all time...Imran Khan with test batting average of 50 in his last ten years and a bowling average of 18 is the best allrounder this game of cricket will ever see

  4. Anonymous5:17 AM

    Really .... so you mean Kapil Dev should not be granted among the Top 10 all rounders of all time .. check this link ...
    properly ... from where you got that F****** statistics . Imarn khan having 50 avg. ????? Show me .... you are definitely a Pakistani non seance .

    1. Anonymous8:38 PM

      u stupid indian

  5. Anonymous4:26 PM

    Lance Klusner Wasim Akram and Sanath Jaysuria shud be on this list

  6. Anonymous11:28 PM

    Kallis is a great player.......lets look at facts and statistics,not who comes from Pakistan and who comes from India.Wasim was the greatest swinger of the ball and he ranks among the best bowlers...bt he didnt do much with the bat....

  7. Anonymous1:02 AM

    Where is Wasim Akram? Was he not the best??? How do u think? As well as where is Sanath Jaysuriya?? He has a record of over 7000 runs and over 300 wickets in ODIs!! He is best among Flintof n Kallis F***!!!
    Even Afridi will now be the 2nd All-rounder after Jaysuriya who has scored 7000 runs and got 300 wickets in ODIs...
    Search the Cricket World first!!!!

  8. Anonymous2:35 PM

    Superb selection...Completely agree

  9. Anonymous12:05 PM

    good to see d likes of chris cairns in this list
    cant undrstand y ppl keep on looking at numbers all d time ..........

  10. Anonymous2:11 AM

    afridi with with more thn 6000 runs and more thn 300 wickets easily can b in the list.

  11. Anonymous2:16 AM

    r u mad? afridi can fit in this list santh jaysuria can easly replce 3 of them,
    and no wasim in it real bulshit man

  12. Anonymous2:51 AM

    the perperator is bloody!!

    Afridi is one of the best allrounder all times! he is the only player of the world who can take away game from opposition in no time!! can you see the last three matches of the wold cup

  13. Anonymous9:31 AM

    perfect selection.......
    imran got only 37 batting avg not 50.... and shaid have played only 37 tests (314 odi matches) and he is not a regular member of test squad then how he can be best all rounder.. he is just an all rounder...

  14. Anonymous12:49 PM

    everyone has got their own opinions about who should and not be in the list but Jacques Kallis is no doubt the best all rounder to ever play this game in both forms of the game. Infact he should be in the top ten legends of cricket now, his record is remarkable!

  15. Anonymous5:12 PM

    Well im a PAKISTANI and i dont understand some stupid pakistanis,they are non sense.Wasim is not a genuine allrounder,he is ranked one of the best bowler of all time.secondaly afridi has not played much tests and can u c sanath jayasuria bowling average in tests or even in one days.These all rounders mention above are the best all rounders of all time i agree with this list.Kallis and sir sobers are the best batting all-rounder,richard hadlee mayb the best bowling arounder BUT THE BEST ALL TIME GENUINE ALL ROUNDER IS SIR IMRAN KHAN GO N CHECK WIKIPEDIA IF U SOME PPL DUN AGREE WITH ME.HE HAS NAMED THE ALL TIME BEST GENUINE ALL ROUNDER.AND AS FAR KAPIL IS CONCERN,HES THE BEST FAST MEDIUM BOLWER INDIANS HAVE PRODUCED BUT IMRAN IS BETTER.HE HAS JUST PLAYED LESS NUMBER OF MATCHES AS HE WAS RETIRED AND THEN REQUESTED TO REJOIN THE TEAM BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF THATTIME(ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO)..TIGER ROARSSSSSSS...

    1. Anonymous4:34 AM

      I accept this. Also the best captain.

  16. Anonymous1:47 AM

    whers sanath jayasurya..

  17. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Where is yuvi..shakib...

  18. Anonymous12:00 PM

    Where is yuvi?

  19. Anonymous6:55 AM

    The above list is OK. But the worlds best allrounder is still Mr.Kapildev of India.
    Because he took hiss major number of wickets in Indian dead pitches and maximum runs at abroad fast wickets. The great fellow,The hurricane not only hariyana hurricane but the hurricane from Kerala to Kashmir.

    1. Anonymous2:50 AM

      You have weight about Kapil having to bowl on dead Asian wickets. He was a great altounder behind Imran Khan, Ian Botham & Richard Hadlee. The best alrounder of all time is Garry Sobers. Jacques Kallis is right up the tree too. He is a freak!

  20. Anonymous6:19 AM

    imran khan is a waste fellow he has no right to in top ten .and i think that my spectacles are not working because i did see wasim,klusner there

  21. Anonymous9:09 AM

    lets not get emotional and think logical. Wasim being best bowler is not genuin allrounder. Imran, Kapil, Hadlee and Botham all played at the same time and Imram is considered best amongst them.
    I think the two contenders for No.1 Spot are Imran and Keeth Miller. In case of Imran, his superb captaincy should also be considered along with his batting and bowling.

  22. Anonymous12:57 AM

    After SIR GARY SOBERS , My Favt ZULU WARRIOR is the Best All Rounder Of All Time No Doubt I m talking Abt "KLUSEE" (LANCE KLUSENER )I m INDIAN but Since 1995-96 to 2012 I've Never Seen All Rounder and Match Winner Like 'KLUSEE'

  23. Anonymous3:17 AM

    Please do not abuse each other, rather develop the instinct to ACEPT THE TRUTH..And please do not be confused with my name and Brand me as BIASED..
    I do somewhat agree with the list but may not agree with the ranking!!! right.. But Name of Great Wasim Akram must have been included above Pollock nd Flintoff as his career span of around 20 years withot expulsion from the team on Form / Performance ground ( except on Fitness ground) itself defines the Greatness of any player, especially any fast bowler with little support from the ICC Batting Favorable Rules; not to forget his last 8-10 years due to Diabetes wherein he had to take INSULIN regularly between the plays. Also, I had prepared a list of these four Great Contemprory All-Rounders the Cricket has produced in 1994 when Great Kapil Dev announced his retirement which included their strike rate, average, home-away series performance, 5-10 wickets hauls in tests and 4-5 wckts hauls in ODI, fielding, captaincy records etc. in both formats i.e. Test & ODI; and Ranked them accordingly and concluded that overall Imran Khan as No-1, Ian Botham as No-2, Kapil Dev as No-3 and Hadlee as No-4 all-rounder. Imran was Poorest in fielding, but best in Captaincy. Botham & Kapil were among the best fielders of that time. Hadlee was best in bowling but poorest in batting among four. Kapil had highest no. of wickets but his bowling average was poorest among four. Hadlee has poorest captaincy record, with Kapil nd Imran both having a WORLD CUP to their name. Imran had best bowling strike rate followed by Hadlee, Botham & Kapil. The discussion can go on & on...The list will be uploaded very shortly..

  24. Anonymous9:41 AM

    I think Ian botham is the best all rounder of all time I think the best all rounder is those who has the ability to win mathches with both bat and bowl.

  25. Anonymous6:01 AM

    sanath jayasuriya is the best alrounder in odi ever.he,s got over 13000 runs + over 300 wickets in odi.

  26. Anonymous11:56 AM

    Hay man ... you are talking abou the Afridi's Kallis Sir Kapil Dev. But as a fair cricket Analyser i can assure you that one legend is growing up above all .I can play gamble with each and every person that he will be ranked more above than Sir Kapil Dev. guess who he is ! > He is none other than Shakib Al Hasan (100% sure)

  27. Anonymous9:33 PM

    The list should go as follows
    1.imran khan
    2.sir richard headlee
    3.sir ian bothom
    4.sir garry sobers
    5.kapil dev
    6.keith miller
    7.chris cairns
    8.veenu mankad
    9.lance cloosner
    10.jack kallis
    i am a great cricket fan and a true indian.

  28. Imran Khan
    Jaques Kallis
    Garry Sobers
    Richard Hadlee
    Ian Botham
    Ross Miller
    Kapil Dev
    Andrew Flintoff
    Chris Cairns
    Lance Klusener

  29. Anonymous8:24 AM

    1.shakib al hasan
    2.shakib al hasan
    3.shakib al hasan
    4.shakib al hasan
    5.shakib al hasan
    6.shakib al hasan
    7.shakib al hasan
    8.shakib al hasan
    9.shakib al hasan
    10.shakib al hasan

    Just tired to see pen war between shithead India & Pakistan between everywhere in net.

  30. Anonymous5:28 AM

    Shakib Al Hasan is the greates Allrounder at current tim..

  31. Anonymous6:56 AM

    I am the best all rounder. i can bat, i can bowl, i can keep wickets, i m a good captain and i can be a good spectator also. so vote for me.

  32. Anonymous5:39 AM

    shakib Al Hasan is the best all rounder...........

  33. Anonymous2:42 PM

    AS per the stats SHAKIB AL HASAN may not be in this list right now but I can bet when he will retire he will have more than 300 test wickets and 8000+ test runs as well as 400 ODI wickets and 10000+ ODI runs...and will undoubtedly be called as the greatest all rounder ever :) Just Wait and watch ...

  34. Anonymous8:54 AM

    shakib should be in this list

  35. Anonymous9:53 AM

    While Indians and Pakistanis fight over theirs here is the best all rounder the game has ever seen...

    Sir Gary Sobers:

    Batting Test average of 57.78 (93 tests)
    Bowling: 235 wickets at an average of 34 (93 tests)

    Per cricinfo....'He broke the record for the highest Test score - 365 - at 21, could bowl left-arm orthodox, wrist spin and fast-medium, and was a brilliant fielder anywhere on the ground. He was also the first player to hit six sixes in an over in a first-class game. A cricketing genius, Garry Sobers excelled at all aspects of the game, and few would argue his claim as the finest allround player in modern cricket.'

    Top that!!!!!!

  36. Anonymous4:13 PM