Indian Premier League (IPL) is arguably one of the most popular T20 competitions in the cricketing world. The sheer quality of cricket played during the six-week tournament is almost unmatched. The leading T20 competition in the world has witnessed 14 seasons so far, with the first season being in 2008.
Over the years, several great players have been a part of IPL. In any format of the game, all-rounders form an integral part of a team’s setup, given their abilities with both, bat and ball. Shane Watson, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Ravindra Jadeja have been some of the best all-rounders in IPL cricket since its inception in 2008.
There are several players who are in contention to grab the title of the best all-rounder in IPL Cricket. However, it is the Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja who earns the title, following his consistent performances over the past 13 seasons. The Saurashtra player has represented two IPL franchises in his career, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.
In his prolific IPL career, Ravindra Jadeja has picked up 124 wickets at an average of 30.29, whereas, he has scored 2386 runs at a strike rate touching the 130s.
List of Top All-Rounders in IPL Cricket
Ravindra Jadeja has been one of the most prolific all-rounders for his international side, as well, as his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. Although, there are several top quality all rounders, yet one can safely that Ravindra Jadeja ranks on the top spot.
The left-hander has improved his batting drastically in the past two years, and he has been a trustworthy finisher for Chennai Super Kings in the past two seasons. Moreover, he never out of the game, as he pulls off some magnificent efforts while fielding.
Kieron Pollard has asserted himself as an IPL legend, given his sheer commitment to the game of cricket. The West Indian all-rounder has represented Mumbai Indians since 2010, and has been an integral part of the team. He has won five IPL titles with Mumbai Indians, and has been one of the most lethal finishers in IPL Cricket.
However, Kieron Pollard has not bowled enough in the past few IPL seasons, hence, he is not the top bowler in IPL. In the past six seasons, he has picked up just 9 wickets and has bowled around 52 overs.
Andre Russell is arguably one of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball. The sheer intensity with which he smashes the ball is quite commendable. The West Indian all-rounder is also quite handy with the ball, as he has bowled in the death overs for Kolkata Knight Riders on several occasions. However, he cannot be termed as the best bowler in IPL, given his economy rate of over 9. Russell has picked up 72 wickets in his career so far at an average of 26.40.
Hardik Pandya has been a part of Mumbai Indians squad since the past 6 six seasons, and has won the tournament on four occasions. The all-rounder comes into bat in the lower-middle order, and has struck a lethal partnership with Kieron Pollard. However, with the ball, Hardik Pandya has often disappointed as he goes at an economy rate of 9.06. Moreover, he has not bowled much since the past two editions, given his back injury. Hence, he cannot be regarded as the top bowler in IPL.
Ravindra Jadeja has been a vital asset for Chennai Super Kings in the past decade, as he has been one of the mainstays in the MS Dhoni led-side. Jadeja has picked over 100 wickets in IPL cricket at economy of 7.60. He has been quite useful with the bat as well, as he has scored 2386 runs at an average of 27.11. His best season with the bat came in 2009, where he smashed 295 runs at an average of 26.81.
The Indian cricket team has several talented all rounders to choose from. Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin and Axar Patel are some of the all rounder options. However, Jadeja ranks on the top spot, given his consistent performances across all three formats. Jadeja has played 56 Tests, 168 ODIs and 50 T20Is for India so far. He has over 2000 runs 200 wickets in the longest format of the game, making him one of the top all rounders in the game.
Ravindra Jadeja has been the best all rounder in IPL 2021. His brilliance was on display during his all-round performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first half of IPL 2021. He smashed 37 runs in the final over off the first innings, scoring 62 runs from just 28 balls. With the ball, he picked up three crucial wickets, which includes a gem of a ball to dismiss Ab de Villiers. He has scored 227 runs and picked up 10 wickets in the league stage of IPL 2021.
Ben Stokes propelled England to their first ever ICC World Cup title in 2019. The English all rounder also played a magnificent innings against Australia during Ashes 2019, which helped to get the hosts back into the series. Stokes has 4,631 runs to his name in the Test cricket at an average of 37. He has also picked up 163 wickets in the longest format of the game, ranking him among the best in world cricket. Stokes has also represented England in 101 ODIs and 34 T20Is.