Best all-rounders to date: ICC Cricket World Cup
He is none other than Imran Khan who stands tall amongst the top quartet of all-rounders like Sir Garry Sobers, Kapel Dev, and Ian Botham. Imran Khan is the all time favourite all rounder on the back of best performance with the bat and ball in World Cups. His batting average in Cricket World Cup is approximately 28 runs per match whereas his bowling figures are tremendous with an average of 1.79 wickets per game. Although Lance Klusener of South Africa is the only nearest contender for the position of best all rounder in Cricket World Cup, Imran Khan has taken 1.5 times more wickets than him. Not only is that, Imran’s runs scoring average better than Klusener as there were no fielding restrictions during the old days of cricket. Last but not the least; Imran Khan is the winning skipper all-rounder of the 1992 Benson & Hedges Cricket World Cup played in Australia where under his captaincy Pakistan lofted the World Cup.
Although since Imran Khan and his team have lifted the 1992 Cricket World Cup trophy there have been many new all rounders who played well, no one else has ever matched Imran Khan’s cricketing skills. He was brilliant with his bat and lethal with ball in World Cup Cricket matches.
Cricket World Cup: Nation wise best all-rounders
To every battle there are some trump cards and to every cricket match the trump cards are the all rounders of a particular team. An all rounder is a handy weapon which plays on both fronts batting and bowling. With the changing course of cricket in recent times, the importance of all rounders has significantly increased. All-rounders not only score runs at crucial times but also serve as a handy bowler when the team needs them. Cricket World Cup has seen some great all-rounders who have not only established themselves as great players but also won laurals for their respected teams. Following are top 10 best all rounders in cricket who represented their nations in Cricket World Cup.
- Steve Waugh – Australia
- Kapel Dev – India
- Imran Khan – Pakistan
- Chris Gayle – West Indies
- Chris Harris – New Zealand
- Sanath Jayasuria – Srilanka
- Lance Klusener – South Africa
- KM Curran – Zimbabwe
- England- Ian Botham
It is very obvious that any cricket team in the World Cup which has good, productive and match winning all rounders has better chances to win the tournament. Even if these above mentioned best all rounders in World Cup Cricket not always led their teams towards victory, thy at least made their teams strong contenders of the cup.