All rounders are seen as the most important players in a cricket team. Their multiple abilities lend the team much needed balance which makes them priceless assets for any captain. World’s most lucrative tournament IPL has seen many all rounders shine over the years. It’s difficult to tell who is the best all rounder in IPL 2021 due to its suspension in between. But over the years, the tournament has some produced some all round greats. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Russell is one of the most dangerous cricketers in IPL history. His brute power has won KKR many games over the years and he ranks among the top in IPL all rounders list. Not only his power hitting, Russell has immense ability with the ball too. He can clock 140 kph speeds regularly. His athletic fielding makes him a complete package in this format. Dre Russ is also a 2-time World T20 winner for West Indies (2012 and 2016).
IPL Career: Runs 1680, Bat Avg. 29, SR. 179, Wkts 68, Bowl Avg. 26, ER. 9.08
Not only Watson has been a world-class all rounder for Australia, he has been among the best all rounders in IPL too. The fact that he opens the batting also bowls with same intensity, makes him one of the best in the world. In IPL, Watson has played for Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. He was the ‘Player of the tournament’ in the inaugural season of IPL and played a crucial role in making RR champions. He was also the ‘Player of the match’ in 2018 IPL final and took CSK to their 3rd IPL title.
IPL Career: Runs 3874, Bat Avg. 31, SR. 138, Wkts 92, Bowl Avg. 29, ER. 7.93
DJ Bravo is one of the best death bowlers in the world. Bravo has played IPL for Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions and Chennai Super Kings. But his best has come for CSK for whom he has played the most. His superb death bowling skills including his off-cutters have been extremely handy over the years. Bravo has also won CSK many games with his crucial cameos lower down the order. He is a 2-time World T20 winner for West Indies (2012 and 2016).
IPL Career: Runs 1510, Bat Avg. 23, SR. 129, Wkts 156, Bowl Avg. 24, ER. 8.38
Ravindra Jadeja was given the name ‘Rockstar’ from his first IPL captain Shane Warne. With his all round abilities, Jadeja becomes a crucial player in every team he plays for. He bowls quick wicket-to-wicket lines which is crucial in T20 format. His hitting has improved over the years and CSK now sees him as their designated finisher. But Jadeja’s biggest strength remains his world-class fielding.
IPL Career: Runs 2290, Bat Avg. 26, SR. 128, Wkts 120, Bowl Avg. 30, ER. 7.62
The legendary all rounder has been outstanding in Tests and ODIs but his impact in T20 cricket cannot be counted out. He played IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. He is a 2-time IPL winner when he played for Kolkata Knight Riders. In 2012, Kallis played a vital hand of 69 in the final which led to KKR winning their first ever IPL title.
IPL Career: Runs 2427, Bat Avg. 28, SR. 109, Wkts 65, Bowl Avg. 35, ER. 7.89
Hardik Pandya’s evolution as a cricketer is one of the inspirational stories in cricket. He was noticed by Mumbai Indians talent scout and was bought in the auctions. Since then, his life totally changed and he has become one of the fearless batters in this format. He relies on a powerful bat swing to hit big sixes and can clock speeds in excess of 135 kph regularly. He has won IPL titles for Mumbai in 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020.
IPL Career: Runs 1401, Bat Avg. 27, SR. 157, Wkts 42, Bowl Avg. 31, ER. 9.06
The Bangladeshi all rounder is one of the best all rounders in world cricket currently. He is probably the best cricketer that Bangladesh has ever produced. Shakib hasn’t been a regular in the IPL teams that he has played but has played some stellar roles in crucial moments. His 11 off 7 balls which included a scoop over fine leg won KKR its first every IPL trophy in 2012. Shakib was a part of KKR’s title wins in 2012 and 2014.
IPL Career: Runs 784, Bat Avg. 21, SR. 125, Wkts 61, Bowl Avg. 28, ER. 7.49
Stokes is not only a world-class all rounder in international cricket but he has proved his worth in IPL too. He was the ‘Player of the tournament’ in 2017 IPL in which he played for Rising Pune Supergiants. Since then, he has played crucial knocks with the bat and has performed consistently with the ball for Rajasthan Royals. Adding his athletic fielding to this, he is one of the most useful players in this format.
IPL Career: Runs 920, Bat Avg. 25, SR. 134, Wkts 28, Bowl Avg. 34, ER. 8.55
Since his debut in 2016, Krunal Pandya along with his brother Hardik has contributed in some crunch situations for Mumbai with both bat and ball. His finishing skills combined with his accurate left-arm spin earned him an international debut. In 2017 IPL final, he was adjudged ‘Man of the match’ for his 47 runs in a low scoring game. Krunal was part of Mumbai’s title wins in 2017, 2019 and 2020 seasons.
IPL Career: Runs 1100, Bat Avg. 24. SR. 141, Wkts 49, Bowl Avg. 33, ER. 7.28
Albie Morkel was a crucial part of CSK’s strong line-up in the starting few years of IPL. His lusty hits down the order won CSK many games which seemed impossible to win at one point. Combined to this, he was one of Dhoni’s trusted weapons in bowling too. He could bowl with the new ball as well as at the death. He was part of CSK’s title wins in 2010 and 2011.
IPL Career: Runs 974, Bat Avg. 24, SR. 142, Wkts 85, Bowl Avg. 27, ER. 8.20
It’s difficult to say who is the IPL best all rounder. There are many candidates as many players have produced some world-class performances over the years. Given the records and the ability to turn around the matches over the years, Andre Russell can be ranked at the top. He has been the most dangerous all rounder in IPL over the years with his power hitting. Also, he is a capable fast bowler and bowls in tough situations.
SRH’s Abdul Samad is probably the youngest all rounder to play in the IPL. He plays for Jammu & Kashmir in Ranji Trophy. Samad made his IPL debut at the age of 18. He is a big hitter and bats lower down the order. Combined to this, he also bowls some accurate legspin. If he improves his game over the years, he can be among the top 10 all rounders in IPL.