Top 3 all rounders in Test cricket
The traditional idea of an ideal test team is 6 best batters in the country, the best wicketkeeper (his batting being a bonus) and the 4 best bowlers. However, in the modern era, the lower order is contributing more with the bat than at anytime in history and that is having a match changing effect.
All-rounders provide the crucial balance to the team that allows the 4 frontline bowlers adequate rest on flat, hot days. Therefore, we ranked the top 3 all rounders in Test cricket currently;
1) Ben Stokes – Without a doubt the best seam-bowling all rounder in the world. He’s just picked up from where Freddy Flintoff left. If anything Stokes is a better batsman than both Flintoff and Botham. He is also England’s best exponent or reverse wing bowling and makes crucial breakthroughs. The last Ashes in England was ample proof of the southpaw’s ability.
2) Shakib Al Hasan – If one purely goes by numbers then Shakib is the best test all rounder in the world. He takes five-fors in Bangladesh for fun and is probably his team’s best batsman. His double hundred in New Zealand was proof enough of his ability in trying conditions.
3) Ravindrasinh Jadeja – In the last couple of years Ravi Jadeja’s batting in tests has improved by leaps and bounds. Him scoring and fifty and then celebrating with the trademark sword swinging style has been a regular feature lately. With Ashwin losing a bit of colour lately, he’s been India’s best spinner too.