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Franchise scouts keep an eye on exciting all-rounders around the world. And in a few years some of the biggest names in world cricket have made the tournament their own and have made some incredible performances after the season.
TimesofIndia.com here monitors five of the most influential all-rounders in the IPL and their performance, in no particular order:
Shane Watson (3,575 runs and 92 wickets)
Old war horse Shane Watson is one of the top-class all-rounders in the IPL. She has been an asset to each of the three teams (Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore And Chennai Super Kings) He has represented in the tournament. Since the inception of franchise cricket’s greatest extravagance, Watson has been a part of every IPL and shows his valor with both bat and ball over time. Currently of CSK, the 39-year-old has played 134 matches in 12 editions in the tournament so far and has 3,575 runs and 92 wickets to his name. With 4 centuries and 19 fifties (some of them being match winning knocks) and good bowling, Watson has been an all-rounder in the IPL. During the 2019 final against Mumbai Indians last year, even with a blood-stained knee, Watson continued to play and kept his side almost across the finish line. With an outstanding batting average of 31.08 and an economy rate of 7.93, Watson is an asset to all the teams he has played for.
Dwayne Bravo (1,483 runs and 147 wickets)
On several occasions, when a match for CSK created a crisis, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo became known as the captain M S Dhoni. One of the best bowlers in the tournament (currently ranked 5th on the bowlers chart) and a dynamic middle-order batsman with the highest hits, Bravo has been an integral part of the Yellow Army since 2011 – 2 of CSK’s suspensions Sal Tak Rok (2016-17) and three years ago with Mumbai Indians. Master in death bowling and difficult conditions, Bravo has so far taken 147 wickets in the IPL, scoring 1,483 runs in 134 matches. With innovative, jaw batting skills in the IPL, Bravo has hit the ball with a strike rate of over 128. And when it comes to bowling, the 36-year-old has been one of the smartest people, batsmen on many occasions. With a bowling strike rate of 17.5, Bravo emerged as the trump card for Dhoni and CSK on several occasions, helping them get out of the troubled waters and win crucial matches.
Ravindra Jadeja (1,927 runs and 108 wickets)
Ravindra Jadeja has always been in the limelight as an all-rounder, helping the Rajasthan Royals win the Rajasthan Royals to be the main part of the CKS ‘grand success in the tournament. A very low lower middle order batsman with superb hitting abilities and a canny left arm spinner with supreme accuracy, Jadeja has been an asset to MS Dhoni and his team over the years. The 31-year-old has so far taken 108 wickets in the IPL, including a rare Murali, scoring 1,927 runs at a pace of over 122. Completing the proceedings with the new ball for bowling. With the death overs and his team out of trouble with the bat in hand, Jadeja has never backed down from challenging situations and this flexibility has placed him on the list of most effective all-rounders in the IPL. Changing his game according to match conditions and always being a team player has been the biggest feature of Jadeja’s IPL career.
Jacques Kallis (2,427 runs, 65 wickets)
World-renowned South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis could play only seven editions of the IPL (2008–14) before bidding in cricket, but even then Protea was one of the most dominant players in tournament history. Some of his records are still intact, in seven seasons, Kallis managed to play 98 games for two franchises – Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. In that period, the now 44-year-old scored 2,427 runs at an average of 28.55. On the bowling front, Kallis took 65 wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 with his best of 3/13 registered for KKR. Along with playing a key role for RCB, he helped them qualify for the 2010 Champions League T20. During his title win in IPL 2012, KKR was the backbone, scoring a total of 407 runs and taking 15 wickets. Although, Kallis did not have to bowl much in the latter part of his career, he became more and more at the top of the order with his batting skills.
Kirron Pollard (2,755 runs, 56 wickets)
Kieron Pollard, one of the stalwarts of the Mumbai Indians family, has been a key part of the franchise since his debut in the IPL in 2010 and has never played for any other team in the tournament. Pollard has been one of the most loyal soldiers of the Blue Brigade, ranging from some unforgettable tip winning matches with the bat to bowling performances as well as voluntarily giving him a place in the team after a non-performance. In 148 matches played for the franchise, Pollard has scored 2,755 runs at a strike rate of over 146. And as far as his bowling is concerned, Pollard has become a man in crunchy conditions for Mumbai with 56 wickets. With his great presence of mind and ability to fully read match situations, Pollard has also been exceptional with his input for the captain. One of the top-class fielders in the competition, Pollard is very well known for his franchise in batting, bowling and fielding. The 33-year-old is one of the rare players to have been a part of three IPL title wins.
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