IND Vs AUS 2nd Test Match: The all-rounders are very vital for their teams in all three formats of this beautiful game. The all-rounders give the team a perfect balance.
They also step up in a crisis situation when the team needs them the most. The men in the blue side are blessed to have the all-rounders in all three formats of the game.
Both the spin bowling all-rounders of Team India are placed in the top two rankings of the all-rounders.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been excellent for the men in blue side in the red ball format, with them India also has Axar Patel for all three formats and Hardik Pandya for the limited-overs games.
Scoring more than 2500 runs and also picking up more than 250 wickets in the Test matches at the same time as all-rounders have not been easy.
But today we shall mention four players who have achieved this double feat in quick time. The list includes the current all-rounder and a legendary all-rounder from the Indian Cricket Team.
The list starts with the greatest all-rounder of all time, Sir Ian Botham. Sir Botham still holds the record as the quickest player to reach the milestone of scoring more than 2500 runs and also picking up more than 250 wickets in the red ball format.
Botham completed this feat in just 55 Test matches. Overall Sir Ian Botham played 102 Test matches for his country. He had scored 5200 runs and also bagged 383 wickets to his name. His batting average was 33.54 and his bowling average was 28.40.
The number one ranked all-rounder is the quickest Indian to score more than 2500 runs and he also picked up 250 wickets in the red ball format.
Jaddu achieved this feat in the ongoing Test match against Australia in New Delhi. Jadeja joined this elite list when he dismissed Usman Khawaja in the second Test match.
He achieved this feat in just 62 Test matches. Overall Jaddu has scored 2593 runs with an average of 37.04 and he has picked up 250 wickets as well with a bowling average of 24.40.
The legendary pace bowler of the Pakistani team also features in this list. Imran Khan is the third quickest player to achieve this double feat of scoring more than 2500 runs and also picking up more than 250 wickets in Test match history.
The former ODI World Cup-winning skipper took just 64 Test matches to get to this milestone. Overall Khan played 88 red ball matches for Pakistan and he scored 3807 runs with a batting average of 37.69.
He also picked up 362 Test wickets with an average of 22.81 in his glorious career.
The list ends with another legendary all-rounder of the Indian Cricket Team, Kapil Dev. The ODI world cup winning skipper of 1983, had taken 65 matches to achieve this double feat of scoring more than 2500 runs and also picking up 250+ wickets in the red ball format.
Overall Dev had scored 5248 runs in 131 Test encounters and he also picked up 434 wickets with the red ball. His average with the bat was 31.05 and he averaged 29.64 with the ball.