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15. Ben Stokes


Experience: 2011-present
Country: England
Other major teams: Durham, Rajasthan Royals
Career stats in Tests: 60 matches, 3,787 runs, 35.72 batting average, 8 100s, 139 wickets, 33.13 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 95 matches, 2,682 runs, 40.63 batting average, 3 100s, 70 wickets, 41.71 bowling average


Bottom line: England won the ICC World Cup for the first time in 2019, and Ben Stokes was the player of the match in the final. He scored an unbeaten 84 off 98 balls while chasing 242.
The World Cup knock was unbelievable, and Stokes' 2019 heroics didnít end there. Chasing 359 for the win in the third Ashes Test, England was tottering at 286-9, and he stitched an unbroken 86-run partnership with Jack Leach, who made only 1 run. He smashed an unbeaten 135, including eight sixes and 11 fours.
He is a useful medium-pace bowler as well. He has picked up 207 international wickets already.
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14. Shane Watson


Experience: 2002-15
Country: Australia
Other major teams: New South Wales, Chennai Super Kings
Career stats in Tests: 59 matches, 3,731 runs, 35.19 batting average, 4 100s, 75 wickets, 33.68 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 190 matches, 5,757 runs, 40.54 batting average, 9 100s, 168 wickets, 31.79 bowling average


Bottom line: Shane Watson was a terrific striker of the cricket ball. He was severe against spinners and clobbered some monstrous sixes.
His best outing with the bat came against Bangladesh in 2011, when he scored 185 off just 96 balls, including 15 sixes and as many fours. By his heroics, Australia won the match with 144 balls left.
He was a useful medium-pace bowler and took 291 international wickets. He used reverse-swing to good effect and contained batsmen from scoring quickly.
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13. Shahid Afridi


Experience: 1996-2015
Country: Pakistan
Other major teams: Karachi, Hampshire
Career stats in Tests: 27 matches, 1,716 runs, 36.51 batting average, 5 100s, 48 wickets, 35.60 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 398 matches, 8,064 runs, 23.57 batting average, 6 100s, 395 wickets, 34.51 bowling average


Bottom line: Shahid Afridi burst into the international scene by scoring 37-ball hundred in an ODI against Sri Lanka in his debut innings in 1996 ó a world record that lasted for 17 years.
He continued his insane hitting ability and had an ODI a strike rate of 117. His 476 sixes in international cricket are second only to Chris Gayle in the list of most sixes.
However, the Pakistani all-rounder lacked consistency. Later in his career, he was merely a slogger, smashing each ball coming his way with limited success.
Afridi entertained the crowd with his bowling, too. He ended his ODI career with 395 wickets, the fifth-highest tally of all time.
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12. Andrew Flintoff


Experience: 1998-2009
Country: England
Other major teams: Lancashire, Chennai Super Kings
Career stats in Tests: 79 matches, 3,485 runs, 31.77 batting average, 5 100s, 226 wickets, 32.78 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 141 matches, 3,394 runs, 32.01 batting average, 3 100s, 169 wickets, 24.38 bowling average


Bottom line: England won the Ashes in 2005 after 19 years against a mighty Australia, and the chief architect of the series win was Andrew Flintoff.
Flintoff excelled with both bat and ball by scoring 402 runs at an average 40.20 and picking up 24 wickets at an average 27.29.
He was a hard-hitting batsman and could clear the ropes at will. His bowling was a treat to watch as even the best batsmen had no answers for his swinging Yorkers.
More than his numbers, the energy he brought to the team was fantastic. He was a showman, who lifted his team on his shoulders.
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11. Shaun Pollock


Experience: 1995-2008
Country: South Africa
Other major teams: Dolphins, Durham
Career stats in Tests: 108 matches, 3,781 runs, 32.31 batting average, 2 100s, 421 wickets, 23.11 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 303 matches, 3,519 runs, 26.45 batting average, 1 100s, 393 wickets, 24.50 bowling average


Bottom line: Shaun Pollock began his career under the shadow of Allan Donald, the best South African bowler of that time.
However, when Pollock retired, he held the record of most wickets by a South African in Tests (421) and ODIs (393). In Tests, Dale Steyn overtook his wicket tally, but in ODIs, he is 115 ahead of the next best Donald.
Pollock's strength lay in his line and length. His ODI economy rate, 3.67, shows he was a tough customer for every batsman.
He was a decent batsman himself and scored 7,386 runs in international cricket. He holds the record of most number of centuries, 2, at No. 9 in Tests. He could clear the ropes at will and hit 93 sixes in ODIs and Tests combined.
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10. Sanath Jayasuriya


Experience: 1991-2011
Country: Sri Lanka
Other major teams: Colombo Cricket Club, Mumbai Indians
Career stats in Tests: 110 matches, 6,973 runs, 40.07 batting average, 14 100s, 98 wickets, 34.34 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 445 matches, 13,430 runs, 32.36 batting average, 28 100s, 323 wickets, 36.75 bowling average


Bottom line: Most of the cricket fans would agree that Sanath Jayasuriya was a brutal attacking batsman and was a nightmare to every opposition.
A few would call him an all-rounder, though the stats reveal otherwise ó Jayasuriya bagged 440 international wickets, and 323 came in ODIs.
The Sri Lanka openerís run-tally of 13,430 in ODIs is the fourth highest of all time, and his 323 wickets in the 50-over format are the 11th highest of all time.
The left-handed batsman had a very good record in Tests, too, 6,973 runs at an average of 40.07 with the highest score of 340.
His 98 wickets in 110 Tests doesnít paint a beautiful picture yet it came at a decent average of 34.34.
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9. Keith Miller


Experience: 1946-56
Country: Australia
Other major teams: New South Wales, Victoria
Career stats in Tests: 55 matches, 2,958 runs, 36.97 batting average, 7 100s, 170 wickets, 22.97 bowling average


Bottom line: Keith Miller is widely regarded as international cricketís first genuine all-rounder. He started his career as a batsman and scored 14,183 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 48.90.
Miller was a classical batsman but could change gears when needed. As his career progressed, he became an opening bowler in Don Bradman's famous "Invincibles." Miller's Test bowling average of 22.97 is as good as anyone in the world.
The Australian worked as a fighter pilot in World War II and had a few near-death experiences. The stint helped him absorb pressure easily when he resumed playing cricket.
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8. Chris Cairns


Experience: 1989-2006
Country: New Zealand
Other major teams: Canterbury, Nottinghamshire
Career stats in Tests: 62 matches, 3,320 runs, 33.53 batting average, 5 100s, 218 wickets, 29.40 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 215 matches, 4,950 runs, 29.46 batting average, 4 100s, 201 wickets, 32.80 bowling average


Bottom line: New Zealand only has won one ICC trophy ó the ICC Knockout trophy in 2000. It was Chris Cairns won it for the Kiwis by smashing 102 after coming to bat when it was struggling at 109-4, chasing 265.
Cairns was a good medium-pace bowler, and his 419 wickets in international cricket show it. His slow balls were difficult to read.
The New Zealand all-rounder was a match-winner with the bat, too. He was a powerful striker and hit 240 sixes in international cricket.
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7. Richard Hadlee


Experience: 1973-90
Country: New Zealand
Other major teams: Canterbury, Tasmania
Career stats in Tests: 86 matches, 3,124 runs, 27.16 batting average, 2 100s, 431 wickets, 22.29 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 115 matches, 1,751 runs, 21.61 batting average, 0 100s, 158 wickets, 21.56 bowling average


Bottom line: Richard Hadlee was the first bowler to pick up 400 wickets in Tests. He also was the highest wicket-taker (431) in Tests when he retired.
He was lethal during 1978 to 1988 when he picked up 330 wickets at an enviable average of 19.57. He took fifer a whopping 32 times during the period.
The Kiwi legend was highly effective in ODIs, too, as his average (21.56), economy (3.30) and strike-rate (39.1) were as good as anyone.
The Kiwi legend was useful with the bat and scored two hundreds and 15 fifties in Tests. He amassed over 12,000 runs in first-class cricket.
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6. Kapil Dev


Experience: 1978-94
Country: India
Other major teams: Haryana, Northamptonshire
Career stats in Tests: 131 matches, 5,248 runs, 31.05 batting average, 8 100s, 434 wickets, 29.64 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 225 matches, 3,783 runs, 23.79 batting average, 1 100s, 253 wickets, 27.45 bowling average


Bottom line: Kapil Dev guided India to its maiden World Cup title win in 1983 against the mighty West Indies. The then-24-year-old was instrumental with both bat and ball by taking 12 wickets and scoring 303 runs in the showpiece event.
When he hung up his boots, his 434 wickets, were the highest wicket tally in Tests. He played the majority of his matches in the Indian subcontinent pitches, which were spin-friendly, making his record all the better.
Kapil hit 8 centuries in Tests and was a clean striker of the ball. His ODI strike rate of 95.07 is higher than the average strike rates during his playing days, and the rate is above the strike rate of the current era as well.
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