From the inaugural year of IPL, all-rounders have been the most demanded players. Over a few years in the auction, all-rounders are fetching more than any specialist batter or bowler. Chris Morris of South Africa is still the most expensive player in the auction, 16.25 crore by Rajasthan Royals. Another name is Pat Cummins, purchased for 15 crores by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The question might arise why all-rounders are expensive every time in IPL. It is because they are the ones who can contribute to any team in both batting and bowling. A presence of a good all-rounder in playing eleven gives a perfect balance to the team. Teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, and Chennai Super Kings are the most successful franchises in IPL history; it is mainly because they always have one or two good all-rounders on their team. This makes a pretty big difference from the rest of the others.
In the 15 years of the history of IPL, we have witnessed many great all-rounders playing from various teams. But choosing the best five among them is a difficult task to do. But going through all the records and stats, we have made the following list of the top IPL all-rounders in history who proved their mettle every time they came on the ground.
1. Kieron Pollard
The Mumbai Indians signed up this Caribbean superstar from the 2010 IPL auction, and to date, he has been an integral part of this team. Pollard is one of the most destructive batters lower down the order and helped the team in several tight situations.
Pollard, to date, has played 178 IPL matches from where he scored 3268 runs with a strike rate of around 150, considered excellent in any T20 league. His bowling ability cannot be ignored as he has already taken 65 wickets along with a four-wicket haul.
As a fielder, he is the most agile in the tournament near the boundary line, and over the year, he has already taken some blinders, which help the Mumbai team to break many threatening partnerships.
2. Andre Russell
This man from West Indies does not need any kind of introduction; whenever he is on the field, the ball prefers to stay out of the ground because the number of sixes he hit in a single match is nothing less than impossible for any player. Playing for the KKR team since 2014, Russell has won the MVP(Most Valuable Player) award three times in his career, and this proves how capable an all-rounder he is.
Russell holds the record of having the highest strike,180, among all batters who scored at least 500 runs in their IPL career. He helped the team win on several occasions with bat and ball in hand. To date, Russell has taken 68 wickets, most of which come at the death overs, the toughest overs to bowl in a T20 format match. Apart from being a hard-hitting batter, he also bowls at a speed of more than 140km/hr, which makes him the most valuable all-rounder in IPL history.
3. Dwayne Bravo
Though retired from the international circuit, Bravo was still in demand in the previous IPL auction due to his ability to batter and bowl and his being a spectacular fielder. He has played 151 IPL matches and scored 1537 runs along with 167 wickets.
In his career, his bowling ability in death overs overshadows his batting ability many times because he saved the Chennai Super Kings team from a tight situation, especially while bowling in the second innings several times. His slow-yorker ball is the most deadly in his arsenal, especially during the end overs, making him one of the best death-overs specialists in IPL history. Bravo, in one season, also won the Purple Cap as he took the most wickets among all in that season.
4. Sunil Narine
Another West Indian is featured in this list at the number four position for his dominance against all teams for years for the Kolkata Knight Riders team. He started his IPL journey as a mystery off-spinner, but as his journey progressed, he sharpened his batting ability and became the most valuable asset for the KKR team. Narine’s all-round ability helped the team to win several matches to date.
Narine has taken 143 wickets along with 954 runs in batting with a monstrous strike rate of 161.69 and a noteworthy bowling economy of just 6.79.
5. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja started his IPL career in the inaugural year of 2008 as a Rajasthan Royal player and won the first-ever IPL. He continued to play in the team for a few years, and then he went to Kochi Tuskers Kerala(later banned from the IPL forever) team before entering into the Chennai Super Kings squad in the 2012 IPL season.
After that, he never had to look back and became an integral member of the team and for team India for his excellent all-round ability. He played in 132 matches for CSK and scored 1324 runs at a respectable strike rate of 135.79, along with 100 IPL wickets, including a four-wicket haul.
When it is about fielding, he is right up with Kieron Pollard and is the best fielder India has witnessed to date. With all boxes ticking right, Ravindra Jadeja should be number five on the list of best all-rounders in the history of the IPL.
Apart from these names in this list, some other notable names which displayed their ability to world in IPL are Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson, Shakib Al Hasan, and many more. They also had done very well in the past, but including all will never be possible in a list. After reading the entire article, many people can search for IPL next match schedule out of excitement. So many greats playing in the same leagues make IPL the most loved T20 franchise-based league worldwide.
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