Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Arguably the top four allrounders ever in Test cricket

1.  Gary Sobers (West Indies) ….. Test career span 1954-1974,  Tests 93,  Highest score 365*,  Runs 8,032,   Average 57.78,  Hundreds 26,  Wickets 235,  Average 34.03,  Best bowling 6/73,  5 Wickets / Innings 6,  Catches 109,  Quotient 1.697.

2.  Jacques Kallis (South Africa) ….. Test career span 1995-2013,  Tests 166,  Highest score 224,  Runs 13,289,   Average 55.37,  Hundreds 45,  Wickets 292,  Average 32.65,  Best bowling 6/54,  5 Wickets / Innings 5,  Catches 200,  Quotient 1.695.

3.  Imran Khan (Pakistan) ….. Test career span 1971-1992,  Tests 88,  Highest score 136,  Runs 3,807,   Average 37.69,  Hundreds 6,  Wickets 362,  Average 22.81,  Best bowling 8/58,  5 Wickets / Innings 23,  Catches 28,  Quotient 1.65.

4.  Keith Miller (Australia) ….. Test career span 1946-1956,  Tests 55,  Highest score 147,  Runs 2,958,   Average 36.97,  Hundreds 7,  Wickets 170,  Average 22.97,  Best bowling 7/60,  5 Wickets / Innings 7,  Catches 38,  Quotient 1.60.


  1. Arguably Sir Gary Sobers is the finest all rounder the game has ever seen. I remember watching highlight of 1971-72 test match between Australia and Rest of the World. Dennis Lillee was at his brutal best. He dismissed Sobers twice for naught bowling short deliveries at sheer pace and used abhorrent words to the great mean. In the next innings, Sobers silenced Lillee by scoring an unbeaten 250 odd runs, smashing Lillee all over the park. Sobers ensured he didn't get out to Lillee again in the series. One of the infamous lines said by Sobers to Lillee when he kept bowling short pitch stuff to him. "Man, I can bowl short too and I am a much better batsman than you." What a battle it must have been between the greats. I so wished i was born in that era.

  2. No question about it. Gary Sobers is the best allrounder ever. An all-time great batsman, genuine fast bowler, medium-pace swing, slow-left-arm orthodox as well as chinaman, a brilliant fielder anywhere. Held the record for the highest score and aggregate in Test cricket, and the first to hit 6 sixes in an over in first-class cricket. A genius.