When T20 cricket was invented back in 2003, it was kind of clear that all-rounders will rule this format. And as it turns out 17 years on, all-rounders are still in very high demand in the T20 cricket. The Indian Premier League has seen some of the best all-rounders from across the globe in the last 12 seasons. So, we at India Fantasy decided to make a list of the top 5 all-rounders in IPL history.
[Note: While making the list, only stats and impact on the game was considered]
Shane Watson is probably one of the finest all-rounders to have played in international cricket. The Australian has been involved with the IPL since its first season. In fact, he was an integral part of Rajasthan Royals' team which lifted the cup that year. He had also got the award for the most valuable player in 2008. He went on to win the award once again in 2013. He was with the franchise until 2015 season, before moving to Royal Challengers Bangalore for two seasons. Watson, who is contracted with Chennai Super Kings currently, might end his illustrious IPL career with the franchise. His stats are a testament why we picked him in this list.
Matches-134, Runs- 3575, average- 31.09, SR- 139.54
wickets- 92, eco-7.93
Andre Russell is nothing less than a star of the IPL and will go down as one of the most successful foreign players in the league. Having won the IPL MVP twice in 2015 and 2019, the West Indian is a true match-winner. Everyone associates him with Kolkata Knight Riders but he had also represented Delhi Daredevils that in the 2012 and 2013 editions. He is probably the finest hitter of the cricket ball in the world. With the ball, he has pace and ability to pick up wickets when the team needs it.
Matches- 64, Runs- 1400, average- 33.3, strike rate- 186.42
Wickets- 55, eco- 8.88
Matches- 134, Runs- 1483, average- 23.17, strike rate- 128.29
Wickets- 147, economy-8.4
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