Except the all-rounders, the batsmen or bowlers always have their specific roles in the game. Though they can play some helpful opposite roles according to the situation demands in a game, their major duty is to achieve success in their respective roles.
There are some cricketers who started their career as a bowler, but later improved their batting skills and evolved as the all-rounders or great batsmen.
Here we are talking about the top five cricketers who started as bowlers but ended as explosive batsmen.
Cameron White (Australia)
Australian cricketer Cameron White is now famous as an all-rounder, who is a powerful middle-order batsman and useful leg-spinner. However, in his initial professional cricket career, White gave more importance to his bowling as he was often selected as a bowling all-rounder.
White not only made his first-class debut in 2000/01 season as a bowling all-rounder, but he also made his international debut in the same way. He made his international debut in 2005 during the home ODI series against ICC World XI, where he was mostly used as a Super Sub for the bowling purpose. He also scored a golden duck in his first ODI innings when Australia faced New Zealand at Auckland on 10th December 2005.
Later, in his next international match, which was also his T20I debut (against England at Sydney on 7th January 2007), White scored crucial 40 not out off just 20 balls after coming to bat at no.7. With the time progress, while White impressed more with his batting than bowling, he evolved as a more successful middle-order batsman.
After playing 142 international matches (four Tests, 91 ODIs and 47 T20Is), while White scored 3202 runs (average 33.35), the leg-spinner only managed to take 18 wickets. He also led the Australian team in six T20Is and only ODI.
In his first-class career, White has scored 10,000+ runs. Also, he has scored 7000+ runs in List A format and 5000+ runs in T20 cricket. Meanwhile, he has also taken 195 first-class wickets, 104 List A wickets and 26 T20 wickets.