As we all know, IPL franchises are constantly looking for a rare breed known as True all-rounders. In short, the players those are equally proficient with both the bat and ball. This type of players are an essential aspect and work as a balancer for every squad in the IPL. The League has given many such True all-rounders, which have impacted their respective franchises in numerous ways. But, there is always a question of who’s the best ever to do it. Therefore, in this feature, we will look at the 5 Best all-rounders in IPL of all time.
5) Ravindra Jadeja (RR, CSK, KTK, GL)
The “Rockstar” is one of the earliest members of the IPL and a winner of 3 IPL trophies. Ravindra Jadeja is only the sixth player in the history of IPL to play 200 matches. Also, he is the only player in the IPL to complete the double of 2000+ runs and 100+ wickets. Other than this, Jadeja has taken 81 catches and inflicted 23 run-out – the most by any player. In short, he is the complete 3-D package which makes him one of the best all-rounders in IPL of all time.
4) Kieron Pollard (MI)
The “Giant” from Caribbean Islands has dominated since taking first steps on the stage of IPL. . The big Trinidadian has played a total of 178 matches for Mumbai Indians and won IPL a record 5 times. Thus, he ranks only behind AB de Villiers in the list of most matches as a foreign player. Therefore, he is a veteran and the best all-rounder in IPL of all time for the Mumbai Indians franchise Pollard has made a total of 3268 runs in his IPL career and cleared the ropes 214 times during that process. Even at the age of 34, he continues to be an exceptional fielder in the deep.
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3) Dwayne Bravo (MI, CSK, GL)
Dwayne Bravo brings the typical “West Indian” Swag in the IPL. The West-Indian all-rounder is second highest wicket taker in the IPL with 167 scalps to his name.Also, he holds the record of taking highest wickets in one season- 32 wickets. In additin to that, he has also taken the purple cap home twice. Along with being a death-over specialist, Bravo is also a handy finisher who can play shots all-round the wicket. Furthermore, his sharp fielding ability at the fence makes him a big asset for any T20 side. As a result of his all-round performances, he remains one of the best all-rounders in IPL of all time.
2) Andre Russell (DD/DC, KKR)
The kind of impact that Andre Russell has had on KKR since coming into the franchise in 2014 is commendable. He is a two-time MVP is one of the best all-rounders in IPL of all time and holds the record of highest strike rate-178.57, in the history of IPL. Russell muscle has an average of 2+ sixes per innings. However, his hitting ability often overshadows his bowling ability which includes 72 wickets at an impressive strike rate of 17.51.
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1) Shane Watson (RR, RCB, CSK)
The Best all-rounder in IPL of all time is Shane Watson. Along with being a two-time MVP, he also has man of the match in finals of the IPL. The biggest quality of Watson throughout the years has been his performance in the crunch time. The former Australian International has been a part of 145 IPL matches since 2008. He has 3874 runs under his belt along with 4 centuries to his name. Besides, Watson has also been a great breakthrough provider, picking up 92 wickets with an economy less than 8 RPO.
Honorable Mentions: In addition to the above mentioned players, the likes of Jacques Kallis (KKR), Krunal Pandya (MI), and Irfan Pathan (PBKS/KXIP, GL, SRH, DC, RPS) were also considered.
Note: We have only considered the players who have faced 800+ Balls as batsmen while as Bowlers, bowled at least 1200 balls.
5 Best All-Rounders in IPL of All Time
|Rank||Player||Team/s Represented||Total Matches||Total runs||Total wickets|
|5||Ravindra Jadeja||RR, KTK, GL, CSK||200||2386||127|
|3||Dwaye Bravo||MI, GL, CSK||151||1537||167|
|2||Andre Russell||DD/DC, KKR||84||1700||72|
|1||Shane Watson||RR, RCB, CSK||145||3874||92|