An All-rounder by definition is someone who contributes in a cricket team for both batting and bowling. Here is our list of top 5 Indian all-rounders in Indian cricket team.
The ideal ‘Indian all rounder’ to look for
It was Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s stellar show with the bat and the ball in Nottingham and Lords, against England in the Test series in July that had handed India a rare and priceless series advantage on a foreign tour. Bhuvi scored 3 centuries in the 4 innings at Nottingham and Lords, saving the first Test and contributing to a historic Indian win in the next. He picked up 11 wickets in the first two Tests, but subsequently had to be content with only 8 in the next 3. His batting, too, tapered away in the last 3 Tests, which led to India losing all three of them.
He played only 3 Test matches in 2014, but came into the limelight with a match saving knock of 78 in the second innings at Nottingham. The all rounder, however, could not sustain his good start beyond this point and failed to make meaningful contributions, either with the bat or the ball, in the rest of the series. Earlier, he had made some impact with his swing bowling against Bangladesh, in an ODI series that India won 2-0. More recently, he played against England in the Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series in Australia and enjoyed a lively bowling spell. Consistency, however, is something that Binny has to work on, if he wants to see himself as a permanent member of the Indian squad in Tests or ODIs.
Even though the Indian all rounder failed to live up to the standards that he had set for himself in 2013, he did manage to put up a decent show in the shorter format of the game. He began the year with a bang, when he scored two back to back half centuries against NZ in Auckland and Hamilton, the former taking India from a losing position to a thrilling tie. He overcame his docility with the ball in New Zealand, during the Asia Cup where he picked up useful wickets and also scored a half century against Pakistan in a losing cause. The highlight of the year for Jadeja, however, was the 67 ball 87 against England in Leeds which, unfortunately again came in a losing cause.
The emergence of Axar Patel has been one of the positive developments for the Indian ODI side in 2014. The IPL star made a significant impact with the bat and the ball in the ODI series against Sri Lanka in October-November 2014, picking up 11 wickets and playing a couple of matches in lower order, in the two matches where he got the chance to bat.
2014 has not been a particularly pleasant year for the Indian team, as the Test series defeats against New Zealand, England and now Australia and the ODI debacles in NZ and then in the Asia Cup shall persist as sore memories for quite some time. However, it is heartening to see the new crop of players steadily gelling together and one can expect India to bounce back strongly in 2015.