Every good team needs to cover all the bases to be dominant at home and away from home. While having good batsmen and bowlers is necessary, team combination is even more important. A team which has all-rounders has a big advantage because it gives flexibility to the captain.
Every good side in history had a good all-rounder who excelled in both disciplines. We have seen a lot of quality all-rounders, who had a huge contribution to the success of their teams. In this article, we will look at some of the greatest all-rounders in the history of Test cricket.
5. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is one of the pioneers of pace bowling in India. There was a notion that India can’t produce good fast bowlers but Kapil proved them wrong. Wisden announced him as the Indian cricketer of the century ahead of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar.
While most Indian fast bowlers struggled, the Haryana fast bowler got the best out of Indian pitches. He took 434 wickets in Test cricket, which was a record at that time. The Haryana all-rounder also scored 5248 runs at an average of 31.05 in Test matches.