All-rounders have always been a sparse commodity in the game of cricket regardless of the format. They have always played a crucial role in changing the outcome of the game on last moments with their abilities. Even in IPL, all-rounders have obtained a special spot in the lineup of the teams as they shoulder the responsibility of inflicting damage with the ball and at the same time are expected to unleash carnage over the opposition bowling attack with their batting prowess.
Every season, franchises spend humongous amounts to bring in the best all-rounders from around the world to compete against each other in this cash-rich tournament. Though not all players were able to make their impact felt this season, there were few who managed to shine consistently throughout the season for their respective franchise with their all-round abilities.
Let’s have a look at the top 4 all-rounders of the season that the fans got to witness in this cash-rich league !
He is the only Indian player to have made it to the list. His ability as an all-rounder requires no introduction. Though Mumbai Indians couldn’t make to the playoffs this season, Hardik’s contribution in the middle with the bat and the ball were vital for his team on many occasions which led them to acquire the 5th spot in the points table.
The 24-year old averaged 28.88 with the bat and amassed 260 runs at a strike rate of 133.33. He might not have been terrific with the bat, but with the ball, he took his game to another level. He picked up 18 scalps at an economy of 8.92 and emerged as MI’s highest wicket-taker for this season and 4th overall. Hardik would be expected to emulate such performances in India’s tour of England as well.
The West Indian T20 specialist is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in IPL history. He has been a stellar performer for the CSK over the years and has played a vital role for their franchise on numerous occasions. HIs breathtaking knock of 68 in the inaugural match of IPL 2018 against the Mumbai Indians was a glimpse of his all-round prowess.
He has played every game this season and picked up 13 scalps with the ball, and 141 runs with the bat at an average of 35. What has been a concern for the team is his death over bowling which hasn’t reaped enough success for him in this season. Still, he has managed to put up decent performances with the bat in quite a few games, adding further depth in the CSK’s batting lineup.
Narine has been by far the most successful all-rounder for last 2 editions of IPL. The West Indian player is also regarded as one of the best T20 bowlers at the moment. Gambhir’s decision of opening up the innings with Narine changed the fortune for KKR and it’s Dinesh Karthik who is reaping the benefits of that decision.
His all-round abilities has made him a gem of a player for the franchise which led to his retention for this season. He has picked up 16 wickets in the games at an economy of 7.77 and also managed to score 331 runs at an average of 22 with a jaw dropping strike rate of 190.
Narine also leads the bowling department for KKR and along with the duo Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla has been successful in turning the games in KKR’s favor on numerous occasions.