Every cricketing team needs an allrounder in its setup. They are the ones who provide the team with the much-needed balance. Few all-rounders specialize in batting while few of them ace the bowling department, There are only a select few who excel in both departments. These cricketers contribute to the game in all three departments. They achieve milestones across batting and bowling. There are just 6 Players Who Have Scored 4000+ Runs And Picked 200+ Wickets.
6 Players Who Have Scored 4000+ Runs And Picked 200+ Wickets:
#6 Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is one of the most underrated all-rounders. He has been a one-man army for Bangladesh. Hasan has been a prolific run-scorer for Bangladesh. He has played 59 Tests scoring 4029 runs with an average nearing 40. In addition to this, he has also picked 215 wickets at an average of 31.3.
#5 Daniel Vettori
It is a little-known fact that Daniel Vettori is the youngest Test cricketer to play for New Zealand. He made his Test debut in 1996-97 at the age of 18. Vettori remains New Zealand’s most-capped Test cricketer (113 Tests) up until now. He was a giant for the Kiwis across formats.
Vettori was a very limited spinner who stuck to his strengths of discipline, flight, and guile. He bowled in largely unhelpful conditions but yet ended up picking 362 wickets at an average of 34.37. Vettori was no mug with the bat. He was a dodgy cricketer who always punched above his weight. Vettori scored 4531 runs at an average of 30.01.
#4 Ian Botham
Ian Botham is widely regarded as one of the finest all-rounders of the game. His career reached an insurmountable peak in the 1980-81 season. He delivered such telling performances in the 81’ Ashes that it came to be known as the ‘Botham’ Ashes. Botham was exceptional in Asian conditions too. He played 102 Tests for England. Botham scored 5200 runs and picked 383 wickets. His bowling feat includes 27 five-wicket hauls.
#3 Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev was one of the elite members of the famous quartet of allrounders in the 80s and 90s. He was sensational with the bat and brilliant with the ball. Dev was the first Indian pacer who set up Test wins. His record in Tests is outstanding. Dev scored 5304 runs in 131 Tests at an average of 31.1, including 8 centuries. He finished with 434 Test wickets, which remained a record for quite some time.
#2 Gary Sobers
Gary Sobers is regarded as arguably the finest cricketer the game has ever seen. He scored his maiden Test ton in 1958 against Pakistan. Sobers played a total of 93 Tests and scored 8032 runs at an average of 57.78. He also scalped 235 wickets at an average of 34.03.
#1 Jacques Kallis
If one has to consider just numbers as a measure for greatness then there can’t be a greater cricketer than Jacques Kallis. He is a rare cricketer who scored more than 10,000 Test runs while picking up more than 250 wickets. His batting numbers compare that to Sachin Tendulkar. While his bowling numbers compare to that of someone like a Zaheer Khan.
In a long-spanning career, Kallis played 165 Tests scoring 13,206 runs at an average of 55.25. He was just 8 short of picking up 300 wickets. Kallis ended his career with 292 wickets.