The gentleman’s game; cricket requires brilliant batting skills to come out on the top of the game and sensational bowling skills to dominate the batsmen than comes all-rounders who are given both the responsibilities by the team.
All-rounders have to concentrate on scoring critical runs for the team to help them reach a marquee score so they can win the games and delivers important bowling spells and pick crucial Wickets of batsmen to stop them from scoring big runs.
Having an all-rounder in the team makes the skipper feel very confident and relaxed and makes the team overall very flexible because if a specialist bowler can’t complete all the overs or is getting smashed too many runs the all-rounder can take the responsibility of completing his overs.
Every bowler faces a bad day in cricket and with the presence of a rounder in the team, it becomes easier to compensate for bowlers’ struggle. Here are 5 cricketers with 5000 ODI runs and 200 ODI wickets:
1) Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
Arguably the greatest all-rounder to step foot into the international cricket scene. Many people consider him as the best cricketer of all time. Even Kevin Pietersen and Daryll Cullinan said that Kallis is the greatest cricketer to play the game. He was even compared with Sachin Tendulkar in terms of batting in One Day Internationals and Zaheer Khan in terms of bowling in One Day International cricket.
Jacques Kallis was equally effective with the bat against fast bowlers and spinners. And he was not only a limited-overs specialist, but he also developed his legacy in Test Cricket as well scoring over 10,000 runs picking over 250 wickets in the purest format of the game.
Kallis played 328 ODI games batted in 314 innings and scored 11579 runs at an average of 44.36. He bowled 10750 deliveries for South Africa in 283 innings and picked 273 wickets at an average of 31.79 and an economy of 4.84.