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5. Ian Botham


Experience: 1977-92
Country: England
Other major teams: Durham, Somerset
Career stats in Tests: 102 matches, 5,200 runs, 33.54 batting average, 14 100s, 383 wickets, 28.40 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 116 matches, 2,113 runs, 23.21 batting average, 0 100s, 145 wickets, 28.54 bowling average


Bottom line: The 1981 Ashes series is known as Botham’s Ashes as the England player won the series with his all-round abilities. He took 34 wickets at an average of 20.58, including three fifers and scored 399 runs at an average of 36.27, with two hundreds.
Ian Botham was one of the best all-rounders of his era, along with Richard Hadlee, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev. Botham could walk into the then-English team either as a specialist batsman or a bowler.
When Botham hung up his gloves, he was the highest wicket-taker in Tests. He is also the highest wicket-taker against Australia — 148 scalps at 27.65. He hit 14 centuries in Tests, including a double century — a feat even a specialist batsman would find tough to achieve.
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4. Shakib Al Hasan


Experience: 2006-present
Country: Bangladesh
Other major teams: Dhaka Gladiators, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Career stats in Tests: 56 matches, 3,862 runs, 39.40 batting average, 5 100s, 210 wickets, 31.12 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 206 matches, 6,323 runs, 37.86 batting average, 9 100s, 260 wickets, 30.21 bowling average


Bottom line: Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh’s best player of all time. He could be on the team for his batting or bowling alone.
He is a reliable batsman and plays according to the situation. He has scored 11,752 runs in international cricket. In ODIs, he has scored 6,323 runs at an average of 37.86, which is excellent considering he batted at No.5 for most of his career.
The left-arm bowler is a lethal weapon of Bangladesh. He picks up wickets and contains the batsmen at the same time. His 562 wickets in international cricket speak volumes about his value as a bowler.
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3. Imran Khan


Experience: 1971-92
Country: Pakistan
Other major teams: Lahore, Sus***
Career stats in Tests: 88 matches, 3,807 runs, 37.69 batting average, 6 100s, 362 wickets, 22.81 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 175 matches, 3,709 runs, 33.41 batting average, 1 100s, 182 wickets, 26.61 bowling average


Bottom line: Imran Khan led Pakistan to a World Cup title win 1992, and in August 2018, he became the president of Pakistan, the nation.
With the ball, he was unbeatable from 1980 to 1988, picking up 236 wickets in Tests at a stunning average of 17.77, the best average of all bowlers, beating the likes of Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding, among others.
Khan was a good batsman, too, and his batting averages of 37.69 and 33.41 in Tests and ODIs, respectively, underline it. He scored 947 runs at an average 72.84 in the last three years of his Test career.
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2. Gary Sobers


Experience: 1954-74
Country: West Indies
Other major teams: Barbados, South Australia
Career stats in Tests: 93 matches, 8,032 runs, 57.78 batting average, 26 100s, 235 wickets, 34.03 bowling average


Bottom line: Gary Sobers was an all-round cricketer. Don Bradman, the greatest batsman of all time, once called Sobers a "five in one cricketer" since he excelled in all cricketing s****s with wicket-keeping being the only exception.
Sobers broke the record of the highest individual score against Pakistan in 1958 by scoring 365*, a record that stood for 36 years. It’s still the fourth-highest individual score in Tests. His average 57.78 is the best among players who have made 8,000-plus runs.
Sobers made it to the team for his bowling and batted at No.9 in his debut match.
He could bowl spin or medium pace, according to the match situation. He was a terrific fielder as well.
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1. Jacques Kallis


Experience: 1995-2014
Country: South Africa
Other major teams: Cape Cobras, Glamorgan
Career stats in Tests: 166 matches, 13,289 runs, 55.37 batting average, 45 100s, 292 wickets, 32.65 bowling average
Career stats in ODIs: 328 matches, 11,579 runs, 44.36 batting average, 17 100s, 273 wickets, 31.79 bowling average


Bottom line: Jacques Kallis is the greatest all-rounder of the modern era. He amassed 10,000-plus runs in both Tests and ODIs and is the third-highest run-getter in Tests and seventh-highest run-getter in ODIs. He also picked up 250-plus wickets in both formats.
The South African all-rounder has scored 45 centuries in Tests, second-most by any batsman behind Tendulkar. He also holds the record of the most Man of the Match awards in Tests with 23.
He was a partnership breaker with the ball and is South Africa’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODIs and sixth-highest wicket-taker in Tests.
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