Nowadays, with some flukes, a cricketer gets a tag of an all-rounder. An all-rounder is someone who regularly performs well with the bat as well as the ball or someone who has the capability to destroy opponents singlehandedly often with the bat as well as the ball. All-rounders determine the strength of a team and play an important role in both batting as well as fielding.
Although with some wicket-keepers, we use the term all-rounder, however, a proper term for such cricketers is “wicket-keeper batsman”. In this article, we will talk about some all-rounders of Indian Premier League who have already proved their mettle in the international arena as well as in leagues organised across the globe.
Shane Watson is a former Australian batsman and skipper who featured in all the formats of the game. On occasions, an opener batsman and a medium-fast swing bowler, Watson made his debut in 2001 and retired as number 1 T20 all-rounder.
Talking about IPL, Watson has remained part of IPL since its inaugural edition and has represented Rajasthan Royals and Royals Challengers Bangalore.
In the IPL season 2018, Watson will feature in Yellow Jersey as he was picked by Chennai Super Kings. He has played 102 IPL games so far and has scored 2622 runs including a magnificent ton. In bowling unit, he has 86 scalps under an economy rate close to 8.
Mostly used in middle overs, Chris Morris is the South African all-rounder who constantly clocks around 135-140. Morris made his debut against Pakistan in 2013. In IPL, Morris represented Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
In the season of 2017, he was representing Delhi Daredevils and has been retained by the side for 2018 as well. Talking about his IPL experience, Morris has played in 48 matches with 439 at an average of 36.58 and a decent strike rate of 156.66. In bowling, he has 53 scalps at an average of 23.77 with an economy rate of 7.54.
He is among one of the greatest cricketers and one of the greatest all-rounder of all time. He is also the former skipper of South Africa. As of 2016, Kallis was the lone all-rounder to score more than 10 thousand runs and have 250 wickets in ODI and test format. Besides this, he has pouched 131 catches as well in ODI format of the game.
As for as his IPL journey is concerned, Kallis represented Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2008-2010 and Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011-2014 respectively. At present, he is working as a mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Talking about his IPL figures, Kallis played 98 matches overall scoring 2427 runs at an average of 28.55 with a strike rate of 109.23 which includes 17 fifties as well. In bowling, he has 65 scalps at an economy of 7.9
He is a Trinidadian cricketer who can bat well, the field at any position, can bowl at any stage and most importantly, he does singing as well. He plays all formats of the game and is former skipper of West Indies.
He plays in the middle order and as far as T20 leagues are concerned, he is prone to death bowling specialist with his unrivalled variations and change of pace technique.
In IPL, he played for Mumbai Indians in 2008-2010, for Chennai Super Kings from 2011-2015, Gujarat Lions from 2016-2017 and in this year, he will be in action again for Chennai Super Kings.
He has fantastic IPL figures both with the bat and ball. He has played 106 IPL matches, scored 1262 runs at an average of 22.95 and strike rate of 126.33 including 4 fifties as well. In bowling unit, Bravo has 122 scalps at an economy of 8.2 averaging 22.58.
The Jamaican biggie missed the last season of IPL as he was banned due to dope charges. He played for Delhi Daredevils in 2012-2013 and joined Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014.
In this season of IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders again showed a lot of faith from him as he has been retained by the franchise those being away from the cricket for almost one year.
So far, Russell has played 34 IPL matches scoring 574 at an average of 26.09 with the strike rate of 173.41 including 3 fifties. Besides this, he has 31 wickets averaging 28.9 at an economy of 8.52.