The game of cricket is about two components: how you bat and how you bowl. In a given team you will find some gifted players who are able to make an impact with both bat and ball. Having said that here are my Top Ten all-rounders of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
In pole position is Corey Anderson who has entered the world cricketing arena with a bang having played some valuable innings for his nation and showing that he is capable of taking key wickets at crucial moments. At the recent World Cup Anderson played an important role for the Black Caps by scoring runs and taking wickets in their run to the final. In numbers Anderson scored 231 runs and took 14 wickets.
In close second place is the West Indies’ Andre Russell who has had some great innings in limited overs for the Caribbean side and contributes heavily to the already powerful batting line up of the islanders. With the ball he, like his fellow all-rounders, proves a threat as he can surprise the opposition in crunch situations. At the tournament in New Zealand and Australia Russell recorded 104 runs and took eleven scalps.
Another entry for the Kiwis in third position is Daniel Vettori who has had an illustrious career with his country spanning over a period of time showing is skills with both ball and bat at vital points for his nation. In the 2015 edition he scored 50 runs and took the most wickets of any of his fellow all-rounders – 15 scalps.
The champions Australia have two all-rounders to take note of. In fourth place James Faulkner and sixth place Glenn Maxwell. Both men have the ability to score runs especially Maxwell who has a healthy load of runs in T20s and ODIs. In the series prior to the World Cup between South Africa and Australia Faulkner starred with the bat on many occasions bringing their innings home for victory. In numbers it is Faulkner who leads the way in terms of wickets with ten but Maxwell is the clear winner in terms of runs with 324 runs.
Another notable inclusion in fifth place is Sean Williams from Zimbabwe, who had a more than fair tournament in numbers despite his side not making it past the pool stages. Williams top scored on 339 runs and took seven wickets showing his skills as an all-rounder and showing his importance to his side’s development in world cricket. To round off this countdown we have Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 196 runs and took eight wickets in seventh place.
Sri Lanka’s captain Angelo Mathews was a star performer for his side alongside some legendary batsmen in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, to name a few, scoring 195 runs and taking six wickets. South Africa’s JP Duminy finds himself in ninth place having scored 164 runs and taking six wickets including a hat-trick against Sri Lanka. The final all-rounder on this countdown is that of Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien who had a great performance at the 2011 edition and continued with that momentum scoring 131 runs and taking six scalps.
Another edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup has come to an end with the above mentioned all-rounders having made notable contributions to the success of the tournament and paving the way for the future of their nations’ representation at the further tournaments.