All-rounders play a key role in One-day international cricket. An all-rounder is someone who contributes with bat and ball in big way which can change the course of the match with his match winning performances. There have some great all-rounders in the past like Jacques Kallis, Chris Harris and others.
Here we look at the Top 5 all-rounders to watch out for in World Cup 2015 –
1. Darren Sammy (West Indies) –
Darren Sammy is a decent all-rounder for West Indies. He comes in the lower order and has the ability to hit some long sixes. He has played 119 One-day Internationals for the country. He made his One-day international debut in 2004 against England. His strike does not do justice to his actual abilities.
With Bravo and Pollard not in the team for the World Cup 2015, he becomes an important member of the team which can make things look easy. Apart from his batting he is medium-pace bowler. His highest score has been 84 and best figures while is 4 wickets for 26 runs. Darren Sammy needs to perform well if West Indies has to do well in the coming ICC World Cup 2015.
2. Corey Anderson (New Zealand) –
Corey Anderson is one of the best all-rounders in cricket at present. He is a utility player which performs with bat and ball. Coming in the middle order and hitting huge sixes makes him a dangerous batsman. He made his One day international debut in 2013 against England. He has played 26 matches for New Zealand with a strike rate of 129.37 with the best of 131 not-out against West Indies in 2014.
He held the record of scoring the fastest century in One Day International Cricket which is now held by AB de Villiers. He is an excellent bowler who can bowl slower ones in the death overs too. His best figures came against India which is picking 5 wickets for 63 runs in 2014. He has also played in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians in 2014. With the World Cup 2015 just 9 days away, he will be an integral part of the New Zealand team.
3. Glenn Maxwell (Australia) –
In the recently concluded tri series finals against England, as Australia were struggling at 61 for 4, it was Glenn Maxwell who came in to bat and just changed the course of the match. He scored 95 runs and helped Australia score 278 in 50 overs. When he came on to bowl he picked up 4 crucial wickets to dismiss England for 168 runs.
He made his One-day International debut in 2012 against Afghanistan. He is a dynamic player who can impact a match in an immense manner. His match winning abilities makes him a great all-rounder. He can just take the bowling apart on his day and win the match for his team on his own. Apart from this he is also an excellent fielder who saves many runs and has taken various great catches. He has played in the Indian Premier League for Kings XI Punjab and has performed exceptionally well for them. In World Cup 2015, his contribution to the team will decide the team fate.
4. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) –
Angelo Mathews is one the best all-rounders in World cricket today. Being the captain of the team he takes the charge and performs accordingly. He has played 149 One-day International matches with an average of 40.31. He made his One-day International debut in 2008 against Zimbabwe. His best score came against India in 2014 where he scored a brilliant 139 not out in a losing cause.
Apart from batting, he is good medium pace bowler who can be useful on the pitches in Australia and New Zealand. He will be an important part for Sri Lanka and if he can handle the pressure then Sri Lanka has good chance of winning the World Cup.
5. Moeen Ali (England) –
Moeen Ali has shown promise of becoming a good all-rounder for England. He is opening a batsman who gives England quick fire starts to the team. His prime ability is to put pressure on bowlers. He plays the cut, pull shot very well and coming down the track, hitting the spinners straight down the ground.
He has played 17 One-day International matches with a strike rate of 102.27. He made his One-day International debut in 2014 against West Indies. His best score in One-Day International is 119 against Sri Lanka in 2014. Apart from this he is a good spin bowler which can bowl 10 overs. If England has to well in the World Cup 2015, Moeen Ali has to play an important role with the bat and ball.