The cash-rich Indian Premier League has provided a plethora of opportunities and a great platform for players to prove their grit. Every year, there are players that emerge out to become the best in the season, whether its bowlers or batsmen. Although, it’s a blessing for any franchise to have all the combinations in one player, that’s when all-rounder’s come into play. Here we take you through the top 5 best all-rounders of all time.
The Australian star player is a highly rated all-rounders in the IPL. He has been a valuable asset for whichever teams he represented. Since the inception of IPL, Watson has been a part of every IPL and has time and again shown his exemplary performance with both bat and ball. Currently a part of CSK, the Watson has played 134 matches in the tournament across all the seasons and has 3,874 runs and 92 wickets to his name. With 4 centuries and 19 fifties and decent bowling figures, Watson has been a stand out all-round performer in the IPL. During the 2019 final against Mumbai Indians, even with a bloodied knee, Watson continued to play and had almost taken his side across the finish line.
Dwayne Bravo has emerged out to be the most fruitful player during various crucial situations when represented CSK. One of the best bowlers in the tournament overall and an explosive middle order batsman with supreme hitting power, Bravo has been a vital part of the Yellow brigade since 2011. A master in death bowling and tricky situations, Bravo has so far taken 183 wickets in IPL along with scoring 1,560 runs in 161 matches.
Ravindra Jadeja has been known to be a part of the winning streak ever since the inception of the IPL. He was a part of the Rajasthan Royal’s maiden IPL title, and later became a crucial part of CSK’s lower middle-order batsman, courtesy- his great hitting abilities and a canny left-arm spinning accuracy. He has so far taken 108 wickets, which also includes a rare 5-wicket haul, along with amassing 2502 runs at a strike rate of over 132. Changing his game according to the match situation and always being a team player have been the biggest forte of Jadeja's IPL career.
Andre Russell is probably the hardest hitting batter on the cricket ball and one of the best all-rounders. He has won the IPL MVP award twice, which shows how extraordinary he has been throughout the IPL tournament. Andre Russelle has the highest strike rate of any batter with more than 500 runs at over 180 and he has single handedly won many matches for the Kolkata knight Riders. Demonstrating his bowling ability, he has picked up 88 wickets and the faith that KKR has shown in him over the years is amazing to see. He puts fear in the bowler's head as soon as he walks on to the pitch. Andre Russell scored 2427 runs at an astonishing strike rate of 178.
One of the greatest players to not just to play for Mumbai Indians but also in IPL is Kiren Pollard. Kieron Pollard spent all his IPL career playing for Mumbai Indians winning 5 IPL titles. Although he hung his boots last year, he is still an integral part of Mumbai Indians franchise. In 189 matches played for the franchise, Pollard has scored 3,412 runs at a strike rate of over 146. And, as far as his bowling is concerned, with 69 wickets Pollard has been the go-to man for Mumbai in crunch situations.
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