With this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) done and dusted, we have witnessed some brilliant all-round performance from cricketers of all the eight franchises.
Meanwhile, quality all-rounders are hardly found in cricket and key to the success of a team, irrespective of the format.
Franchises have spent a lot of money on all-rounders like Shane Watson, Krunal Pandya, Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja, Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Woakes, to name a few at the auctions.
Though some of them failed, others produced some swashbuckling performances over the course of last two months.
On that note, let’s take a look at the five best all-rounders in IPL this season:
The Windies all-rounder is one of the most successful all-rounders in IPL for the last couple of seasons
Sunil Narine has done an outstanding job for Kolkata Knight Riders this edition. He has provided quickfire starts with the bat and has been economical throughout.
Sunil Narine has picked up 17 wickets this season at an economy rate of 7.65 and scored 357 runs at a strike rate of almost 190.
He played quite a few cameos in the power play and helped KKR’s middle order to play without any pressure.
Also, he is bowling beautifully at the moment and leading their bowling attack well. KKR would want him to continue his good form for two more games to win their third IPL title. Moreover, he also bagged the Most Valuable Player of the Year award for his all-round display.
Shakib Al Hasan
The Bangladesh left-arm spinner has been a permanent feature in Sunrisers Hyderabad side this campaign. He has played all the games this season and played a big part in their table-topping finish.
Shakib has scored 239 runs at an average of 21 and backed it up with 14 wickets at an economy rate of 8.
He picked up some important wickets and contained the flow of runs in the power play overs, which proved vital to SRH’s success this campaign. His all-round contributions have helped his franchise a great deal.
Andre Russell is one of the most explosive all-rounders in world cricket right now. He returned to competitive cricket after a one-year doping ban and played a stellar role for Kolkata Knight Riders this season.
The 30-year-old has scored 316 runs this season at an average of 28.72 and a strike rate of 184.79. He has struck 31 sixes, which is the fourth highest in IPL 2018. Moreover, he has played every game for KKR this campaign and returned with 13 wickets.
Russell has picked up some important wickets this season and his athleticism proved more than useful for KKR in the field.
Dwayne Bravo has been a phenomenal performer for Chennai Super Kings over the years. He kickstarted Chennai’s 2018 campaign with a nerve-wracking 68 against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede.
The 34-year-old has played every game for the Super Kings this season. He has scored 141 runs so far this campaign at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 155. He has also picked up 13 wickets.
Though his death over bowling isn’t as good as his previous campaigns, he is doing a good job with both the bat and the ball, in most parts.
Hardik Pandya is the only Indian player to feature on this list. He has been a consistent performer in IPL for quite some time and 2018 is no different. Though the Mumbai Indians were eliminated from the competition, Pandya produced some good performances for his side.
In 13 games, the 24-year-old has scored 260 runs at an average of 28.88 and a strike rate of 133.33. Though he wasn’t at his best with the bat this season, he made some useful contributions in the middle-order.
He was absolutely brilliant with the ball this season and picked up 18 wickets at an economy rate of 8.92. Further, he was Mumbai’s highest wicket-taker in IPL 2018 and fourth overall.
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