When it comes to balancing a cricket team, players in a division are not as important as all-rounders.
With his ability to provide both bat and ball, all-rounders have thrown up plenty of possibilities for any captain to shake up with the team’s combination.
Especially quality all-rounders are a rare breed in the sport and not every team has the luxury of fielding in their one-day games. They are players of infinite quality in every format of the game, in ODIs and T20Is.
Here, let’s look at the top ODI all-rounders in the world, separated by four different levels.
Rabindra Jadeja – India
It looked like Ravindra Jadeja’s limited-over career was over after a disappointing 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, but the southpaw has steadily returned and has become the mainstay of Men in Blue.
One of the best Test all-rounders in the business, Jadeja also brings plenty of India’s limited-over clothes. Although he may not be the most comfortable among wicket-hunters with his left-armed Orthodox spin, he is the one who always bowls his overs quickly and economically.
Since 26, he has been down five runs in his economy-rate over in ODIs, and he has also taken 42 wickets. His contribution to the bats has also increased of late, and he almost saved India from the defeat of the World Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand.
In the outfield, Jadeja is arguably the best fielder in the world, and the amount of runs he has saved on boundary ropes brings his own value to the squad.
Colin de Grandhomme – New Zealand
Somewhat surprisingly, Colin de Grandhomes’ New Testament shirt has come in the best test format. That doesn’t mean his one-day performance wasn’t very important, as the all-rounder proved his worthiness on several occasions.
He is always a reliable alternative to the ball with his gentle medium pace, and has managed to maintain an economical rate of less than five overs in the last 5 ODIs. Like Jadeja, he is a brilliant fielder to be in the outfield and is able to pull off some amazing catches.
Going to play at the Grandhome with the bat can change its color in minutes. Although he has struggled for consistency with the bat, most of the right-handers have difficulty coming up in death overs. Still, he can pull off this ridiculous thing from time to time, as shown earlier this year at 28 against 58 at the Bay Oval in India.
Its powerful frame can easily propagate big sixes, and strike-rate of more than 5 careers supports this argument.
Kieron Pollard – West Indies
Kieron Pollard is now back in the Windies One-Day squad after nearly three years left and has even been given the task of captain.
The 32-year-old has been seen on the show for the best part of a decade, primarily in franchise T20 leagues around the world. Capable of hitting big sixes, Pollard has added a lot of firepower to the West Indies attire in his batting ability over the death overs.
While he may not be bowling too much for the national team, his medium speed may be more effective when called upon. He is a terrific fielder in the outfield and has claimed some playful catches over the years.
It’s still only 12 matches since returning to the Windies squad, but the wealth of Pollard’s experience is sure to stand them in good stead for years to come.
Andre Russell – West Indies
With a career ODI batting average of just 2.2.25, it is safe to say that Andre Russell never really set the record on the West Indies shirt. The long Jamaican has become a hit for the Knight Riders in the IPL, though his match-winning batting skills have not translated into international cricket performance.
While batting inconsistency has not been a matter of tarnishing Russell’s ODI career, his progress is being hampered by a chronic knee injury. That’s why he has played only five ODIs since 20, mostly at last year’s World Cup. Despite his batting problems, Russell still showed his ability to keep the ball in his hands.
An original momentum by trade, he looked great at the World Cup before he inevitably collapsed. But there is no doubt that he will prove crucial to the West Indies after suffering a concussion. A match-winner for the bats and all, he is still a valuable all-rounder for the Windies despite his average track record.
Hardik Pandya – India
Another all-rounder who has struggled with injuries late, is Hardik Pandya, but after recovering from a stress fracture, the India star is now looking back at his best.
Pandey’s emergence as a strong indication for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL has elevated him to an all-rounder for India in three formats. In the limited overs format, he is destructive, though the right-hander can play for India in this death-overs.
A clean hitter with powerful strokes, Pandya is also a useful bowler who can drop 10 overs. At his fast-medium pace, he has taken four one-day wickets for him, though his economy rate is slightly higher at 1.66.
An average of 6 runs at an average of 6 runs at bat with a strike rate is not bad for a person whose primary job is to run fast for India.
Chris Owkes – England
For a guy who is often in the shadow of Ben Stokes, Chris Owock’s value to England for years is significant.
He took 16 wickets with the ball for England in his campaign for the 2012 World Cup, including three decider in the final against New Zealand. Overall, Owens bowled healthy for England in an ODI at an average of 1.66.
On the bat, the right-hander has averaged more than 5 on the bar each year (28) since 24th 2016. One of the main reasons why the English ODI squad is so enthusiastic about the Oaks is balanced. With him and Stokes struggling, Ion Morgan’s men can bat deep and follow an aggressive batting system.
The 6-year-old still has a lot of cricket left over and should play a vital role in his England ODI squad for the next few years.
Ben Stokes – England
The name of the elite all-rounders in cricket is not really a name like Ben Stokes. Defined as a clutch player, Stokes has made it a practice to stand up for delivery when it matters most to England.
Stokes was the lead hero of England’s first World Cup win in 1, before the golden summer was over, and then throwing an all-time great Test innings at the Ashes series heading.
He hit five half centuries in the World Cup, including an unbeaten 5 in the Lord’s. An ODI batting average of more than 5 batting average, plus 70। wickets on the way, makes Stokes an all-rounder for any international team to choose.
He is a man who enjoys only in difficult moments and England is fortunate to have his service for his future.
Shakib Al Hasan – Bangladesh
Although he is currently serving a one-year ban, Shakib Al Hasan is elite because of elite consideration for the all-rounders. Shakib has been a consistent force for Bangladesh since his debut in 20 Shak, placing the only player in history in three formats as the No. 1 all-rounder.
The southpaw is a real left-armed Orthodox spinner, with 2 name-on-one scalps at an average of 1.22. With nine ODIs at hand and an average of about 38, he is also one of the most important batsmen in Bangladesh. It’s a shame for the Tigers that his suspension from the game came at a time when he really started to touch unbeatable heights.
He was in great form at the 2012 World Cup, finishing the rally for a 6.66 with two centuries. He is one of only four all-rounders in history, who has doubled in 000,000 ODI runs and 250 wickets and is the fastest in the innings to earn special accolades.
All-rounders do not come any better than Shakib, and Bangladesh will be itching to make his services available once more.
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