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Cricket has no shortage of batsmen or bowlers. But a good all-rounder — a player who is good at batting and bowling — is a rare commodity. Generally, all-rounders come in two types: batting all-rounder and bowling all-rounder. The primary s**** of batting all-rounders is batting, but they can contribute with the ball, too. Bowling all-rounders excel at bowling. A great all-rounder is someone who is equally good at batting and bowling. These are the greatest all-rounders of all time.

# 25. Vinoo Mankad


Experience: 1946-59
Country: India
Other major teams: Gujarat, Mumbai
Career stats in Tests: 44 matches, 2109 runs, 31.47 batting average, 5 100s, 162 wickets , 32.32 bowling average

Bottom line: Every cricketer dreams of getting his name in the Lord's Honours Boards. To achieve it, a player has to take five wickets or score a hundred. Vinoo Mankad did both in 1952 by picking up 5-196 in the first innings and scoring 184 in the second. Mankad also held the record of highest opening partnership for 52 years with Pankaj Roy (413 runs). Mankad scored 231 in that innings, which was an Indian record for the highest individual score, before Sunil Gavaskar broke the record 28 years later.
Mankad was a slow left-arm bowler and took two 8-wicket-hauls during his career. The Indian all-rounder also is remembered for running out Bill Brown using Mankading. In fact, he did it for the first time in international cricket, and the term is named after him.

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24. Richie Benaud


Experience: 1952-64
Country: Australia
Other major teams: New South Wales
Career stats in Tests: 63 matches, 2201 runs, 24.45 batting average, 3 100s, 248 wickets , 27.03 bowling average

Bottom line: Richie Benaud is arguably the best cricket commentator of all time. Before his commentary stint, he was a successful captain and all-rounder for Australia.
Benaud accounted for 248 wickets in Tests at an average of 27.03, including 16 fifers. The leg-spinner had great success against India, who were great players of spin. He picked up 52 wickets in eight Tests in India at an excellent average of 18.
As a batsman, he scored 11,719 runs and hit 23 hundreds in first-class cricket. In Tests, he hit 3 centuries and 9 fifties.
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23. Ravichandran Ashwin


Experience: 2010-present
Country: India
Other major teams: Tamil Nadu, Chennai Super Kings
Career stats in Tests: 70 matches, 2,385 runs, 28.73 batting average, 4 100s, 362 wickets , 25.36 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 111 matches, 675 runs, 16.07 batting average, 0 100s, 150 wickets , 32.91 bowling average


Bottom line: Ravichandran Ashwin is the fastest bowler to pick up 300 wickets in Tests. He has claimed 7 Man of the Series in the longest format of the game, an Indian record and fourth-best in the world.
On Indian pitches, he is nearly unbeatable, and his 27 fifers in 70 Tests show his match-winning ability. His batting prowess helped India go with a 6-batsmen strategy for some time, by batting him at 6, and he responded with four Test hundreds.
In ODIs, he was former Indian captain MS Dhoni’s go-to man in the middle-overs, cutting the run flow and picking up wickets in his heyday.
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22. Wasim Akram


Experience: 1985-2003
Country: Pakistan
Other major teams: Lancashire, Lahore
Career stats in Tests: 104 matches, 2,898 runs, 22.64 batting average, 3 100s, 414 wickets , 23.62 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 356 matches, 3,717 runs, 16.52 batting average, 0 100s, 502 wickets , 23.52 bowling average


Bottom line: Wasim Akram is known as the "King of Swing" as he swung the ball in the air and off the pitch equally well. Along with Waqar Younis, he formed a deadly combo for Pakistan, and the duo was a nightmare for batsmen all around the world.
The left-arm bowler is the second-highest wicket-taker (502) in ODIs and second-highest wicket-taker (916) as a pace bowler in international cricket.
Akram was a good lower-order batsman, and his highest score in Tests, 257*, is better than the batting great Sachin Tendulkar’s highest score of 248*. Akram scored these runs after coming to bat at No. 8 and batted with a strike-rate over 70.
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21. Ravindra Jadeja


Experience: 2009-present
Country: India
Other major teams: Saurashtra, Chennai Super Kings
Career stats in Tests: 48 matches, 1,844 runs, 35.46 batting average, 1 100s, 211 wickets , 24.64 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 159 matches, 2,188 runs, 31.25 batting average, 0 100s, 181 wickets , 36.19 bowling average


Bottom line: Ravindra Jadeja is known for his accuracy with the ball and completing the over in the blink of an eye. He is the fastest left-armer to take 200 wickets in Tests.
Jadeja has a great record as a batsman in first-class cricket, but his batting didn't always inspire confidence. Things took a turn in 2016, and he has been averaging 47.15 with the bat ever since.
The Indian all-rounder is a terrific fielder, too, and can change the course of the game with his direct hits or breathtaking catches.
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20. Wilfred Rhodes


Experience: 1899-1930
Country: England
Other major teams: Yorkshire
Career stats in Tests: 58 matches, 2,325 runs, 30.19 batting average, 2 100s, 127 wickets , 26.96 bowling average


Bottom line: Wilfred Rhodes had an outstanding first-class career. The Yorkshire player amassed 39,969 runs at an average of 30.81 and bagged 4,204 wickets at an astounding average of 16.72.
Rhodes’ Test career lasted 31 years, and he had batted all positions from 1 to 11. He started batting at No. 10 and later opened for England and scored 2 hundreds.
The Englishman was a slow left-armer and took 6 fifers in his career. His best figures as a bowler came in 1904 against Australia when he picked up 7-56 in the first innings and 8-68 in the second.
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19. Monty Noble


Experience: 1898-1909
Country: Australia
Other major teams: New South Wales
Career stats in Tests: 42 matches, 1,997 runs, 30.25 batting average, 1 100s, 121 wickets , 25.00 bowling average


Bottom line: Monty Noble proved his mettle in his second match by taking six wickets for 49 and guided the Aussies to an innings victory at the MCG. He did his bit with the bat by batting 510 minutes and saved Australia from a loss in 1899.
The Australian all-rounder picked up 7-70 in the first innings and bagged 6-60 in the second against England at the MCG in the 1901-02 series. He was a reliable batsman albeit scoring only one Test century in his career.
He was a giant in first-class cricket. He scored 13,975 runs at an average of 40.74, including 37 hundreds and bagged 624 wickets at an average of 23.14, with 33 fifers.
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18. Tony Greig


Experience: 1972-79
Country: England
Other major teams: Sus***, Border
Career stats in Tests: 58 matches, 3,599 runs, 40.43 batting average, 8 100s, 141 wickets, 32.20 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 22 matches, 269 runs, 16.81 batting average, 0 100s, 19 wickets, 32.57 bowling average


Bottom line: Present-day cricket fans know Tony Greig as an accomplished cricket commentator, who was full of energy and enthusiasm at the commentary box. But before that, he turned up for England and shined with both bat and the ball.
Greig had a Test average of 40.43 and showed tremendous character when the going got tough. He made centuries against top bowling attacks such as Lillee and Thomson, Roberts and Holding, Bedi and Chandra.
The right-arm bowler could bowl medium pace and off-breaks. He picked up 141 wickets at an average of 32.20, including 6 fifers.
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