In T20 cricket, a team needs quality all-rounders who can change the complexion of the game through effective cameos with bat, ball and to light up the field with their electric fielding. They are a rare breed of cricketers who can come good in all aspects of the game. Let’s have a look at some of the top all-rounders in T20 cricket.
Shakib Al Hasan: This Bangladeshi cricketer tops the list of all-rounders in all formats of the game, according to ICC rankings. He can play useful cameos lower down the order to take the team over the finishing line. As a left-arm slow bowler, he has the knack of breaking partnerships and bringing the team back into the game. In 38 T20s, he has scored 843 runs and taken 45 wickets.
Mohammad Hafeez: He’s more of a batting all-rounder as his bowling has come under the ICC scanner for suspect bowling action. He bats at the top of the order for Pakistan depending on the situation of the match. With his off-break bowling, he can stem the flow of runs and help contain the opposition. He has scored 1382 runs and taken 45 wickets in 64 T20s.
Shahid Afridi: He has mostly flattered to deceive with his bat, getting out in the 20s and 30s after settling in. But he has been a terror with his leg-spin bowling. He has been difficult to read off the pitch as he mixes his variations brilliantly. He is also a brilliant fielder. In 82 T20s, he has scored 1218 runs and taken 83 wickets.
Shane Watson: He has just retired from Tests, but will continue to play shorter formats of the game. He’s been quite effective in the limited overs. His hard-hitting batting has taken the opposition by surprise. Watson has also been effective with the ball besides being a good fielder. He has scored 1164 runs and taken 39 wickets in 49 T20s for Australia.
Marlon Samuels: He has had a rather controversy-ridden career and was been banned for two years for match-fixing. His bowling too came under the lens for illegal action. But despite this, he has been among the top five all-rounders in T20 cricket. His batting has demolished some of best attacks while his bowling has been on the spot and his fielding borders on brilliant. He has scored 941 runs and taken 19 wickets in 38 T20s.