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Allrounders who batted in the top five and bowled a sizeable number of overs in one-day internationals

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

November 23, 2011

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In our previous column, we published lists of the best top-order allrounders in Test cricket. In the week since, Shahid Afridi produced a compelling performance in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, scoring 75 and taking 5 for 35. He did not bat in the top five in that game - he doesn't regularly anymore - but for a significant part of his career Afridi used to be a top-order ODI allrounder. It's what we've looked at this week: allrounders who batted in the top five and bowled a sizeable number of overs as well in one-day internationals.

The first table contains in chronological order all players who batted in the top five for more than half their ODI careers and bowled at least 30 balls a match. The first allrounder on the list is Greg Chappell, who played the first-ever ODI, between Australia and England at the MCG in January 1971. Though he did not bowl and batted only at No. 6 in that match, Chappell went on to bat in the top five in 65 out of 72 innings and bowled five or more overs in 56 out of 72 innings. He finished with a batting average of 40.18 and a bowling average of 29.12, having scored 2331 runs and taken 72 wickets.

Viv Richards batted in the top five in all but six of his 167 ODI innings, and was called upon to bowl his offbreaks with regularity. He was the only allrounder to score a century and take five wickets in a one-day international - 119 at No. 5 and 5 for 41 against New Zealand - until Paul Collingwood did it against Bangladesh in 2005. Richards finished with 6721 runs at an average of 47, and 118 wickets at less than 36 apiece.

List of top-order allrounders (over half of career in top 5, average of 30 balls per match, minimum of 20 ODIs)
Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Bat Av 100 50 Balls Conc Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5
GS Chappell (Aus) 1971-1983 74 72 14 2331 138* 40.18 3 14 3108 2097 72 5/15 29.12 2
M Amarnath (India) 1975-1989 85 75 12 1924 102* 30.53 2 13 2730 1971 46 3/12 42.84 0
IVA Richards (WI) 1975-1991 187 167 24 6721 189* 47.00 11 45 5644 4228 118 6/41 35.83 2
P Willey (Eng) 1977-1986 26 24 1 538 64 23.39 0 5 1031 659 13 3/33 50.69 0
Mudassar Nazar (Pak) 1977-1989 122 115 10 2653 95 25.26 0 16 4855 3432 111 5/28 30.91 1
M Prabhakar (India) 1984-1996 130 98 21 1858 106 24.12 2 11 6360 4534 157 5/33 28.87 2
CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2003 227 206 43 5761 113* 35.34 7 29 9573 6958 193 4/34 36.05 0
TM Moody (Aus) 1987-1999 76 64 12 1211 89 23.28 0 10 2797 2014 52 3/25 38.73 0
ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2011 445 433 18 13430 189 32.36 28 68 14874 11871 323 6/29 36.75 4
Aamer Sohail (Pak) 1990-2000 156 155 5 4780 134 31.86 5 31 4836 3703 85 4/22 43.56 0
CL Cairns (ICC/NZ) 1991-2006 215 193 25 4950 115 29.46 4 26 8168 6594 201 5/42 32.80 1
JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2011 317 303 53 11372 139 45.48 17 84 10558 8481 267 5/30 31.76 2
TBM de Leede (Neth) 1996-2007 29 25 1 400 58* 16.66 0 2 1139 999 29 4/35 34.44 0
MO Odumbe (Kenya) 1996-2003 61 59 5 1409 83 26.09 0 11 2237 1807 39 4/38 46.33 0
Shahid Afridi (Asia/ICC/Pak) 1996-2011 329 306 18 6814 124 23.65 6 32 14289 10921 327 6/38 33.39 6
NC Johnson (Zim) 1998-2000 48 48 2 1679 132* 36.50 4 11 1503 1220 35 4/42 34.85 0
A Flintoff (Eng/ICC) 1999-2009 141 122 16 3394 123 32.01 3 18 5624 4121 169 5/19 24.38 2
CH Gayle (ICC/WI) 1999-2011 228 223 16 8087 153* 39.06 19 43 6936 5473 156 5/46 35.08 1
Shoaib Malik (Pak) 1999-2011 196 175 21 5206 143 33.80 7 31 6450 4923 135 4/19 36.46 0
SB Styris (NZ) 1999-2011 188 161 23 4483 141 32.48 4 28 6114 4839 137 6/25 35.32 1
SR Watson (Aus) 2002-2011 140 121 24 4186 185* 43.15 6 25 5036 4078 138 4/36 29.55 0
JM Davison (Can) 2003-2011 32 32 2 799 111 26.63 1 5 1435 1067 36 3/15 29.63 0
Mohammad Hafeez (Pak) 2003-2011 86 86 4 2251 139* 27.45 3 12 3269 2320 70 3/17 33.14 0
AC Botha (Ire) 2006-2011 42 38 4 666 56 19.58 0 2 1560 1134 42 4/19 27.00 0
RN ten Doeschate (Neth) 2006-2011 33 32 9 1541 119 67.00 5 9 1580 1327 55 4/31 24.12 0
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 2006-2011 119 114 19 3340 134* 35.15 5 22 6034 4328 150 4/16 28.85 0
RM Haq (Scot) 2006-2011 31 24 0 445 71 18.54 0 3 1541 1196 38 4/28 31.47 0
AR Cusack (Ire) 2007-2011 42 34 9 650 71 26.00 0 2 1272 948 41 5/20 23.12 1
Rizwan Cheema (Can) 2008-2011 31 30 1 707 94 24.37 0 5 1240 1029 32 3/25 32.15 0

The three heavyweight top-order allrounders in the table above are Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis and Afridi. All of them have played more than 300 ODIs, scored more than 6000 runs (Jayasuriya and Kallis have more than 10,000) and taken more than 250 wickets (Jayasuriya and Afridi have more than 300). The only other player in the table to pass either of those landmarks is Chris Gayle. He has 8087 runs but only 156 wickets, and whether he will add to either tally is uncertain.

Our second table is a list of allrounders with the best averages while batting in the top five in ODIs in which they bowled at least 45 balls. Shane Watson averages 55.65 with three hundreds and six fifties in the 28 ODIs in which he has bowled at least 45 balls. He has taken 42 wickets at 30 apiece in those games.

Pakistan have such a wealth of all-round riches at present in Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez and Abdul Razzaq, that Shoaib Malik played only one out of the first four ODIs against Sri Lanka in the UAE. Malik averages nearly 47 in the 33 one-dayers in which he has bowled at least 45 balls. He has taken 52 wickets in those games at less than 26 apiece.

Best batting average in the top 5 when bowling more than 45 balls in the same ODI (minimum of 20 matches)
Player Span Inns NO Runs HS Bat Av 100 50 Balls Conc Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5
SR Watson (Aus) 2002-2011 28 5 1280 161* 55.65 3 6 1476 1249 42 4/36 29.73 0
IVA Richards (WI) 1979-1991 62 8 2767 189* 51.24 7 14 3526 2508 79 6/41 31.74 2
Shoaib Malik (Pak) 2002-2010 33 3 1405 143 46.83 3 10 1920 1341 52 4/19 25.78 0
CH Gayle (WI) 1999-2011 76 7 3216 153* 46.60 11 12 4302 3148 94 5/46 33.48 1
PD Collingwood (Eng) 2001-2011 29 6 1071 112* 46.56 2 5 1590 1205 38 6/31 31.71 1
PA de Silva (SL) 1988-2003 39 4 1590 122 45.42 2 13 2213 1622 49 4/45 33.10 0
JH Kallis (Afr/SA) 1997-2011 93 10 3640 111 43.85 5 24 4995 3861 135 5/30 28.60 2
SC Ganguly (India) 1997-2007 26 4 942 153* 42.81 1 6 1423 930 49 5/16 18.97 2
WJ Cronje (SA) 1993-2000 35 5 1274 100* 42.46 1 9 1964 1363 43 3/10 31.69 0
SR Tendulkar (India) 1990-2007 63 7 2368 141 42.28 5 16 3442 2523 87 5/32 29.00 2
GS Chappell (Aus) 1972-1983 37 5 1293 138* 40.40 2 7 2157 1304 51 5/15 25.56 2
A Symonds (Aus) 2000-2009 35 7 1076 107* 38.42 1 6 1962 1589 34 3/48 46.73 0
MN Samuels (WI) 2001-2011 27 2 944 100* 37.76 1 9 1534 1155 31 3/25 37.25 0
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 2006-2011 82 13 2579 134* 37.37 5 17 4689 3267 115 4/33 28.40 0
A Ranatunga (SL) 1983-1995 39 7 1191 85* 37.21 0 10 2196 1529 41 3/23 37.29 0
A Flintoff (Eng) 2002-2008 41 6 1296 99 37.02 0 10 2236 1595 62 4/14 25.72 0
V Sehwag (India) 2001-2009 26 3 849 95 36.91 0 8 1415 1079 30 3/37 35.96 0
ME Waugh (Aus) 1991-2002 22 0 792 126 36.00 2 3 1211 834 34 4/37 24.52 0
SR Waugh (Aus) 1986-1998 42 7 1242 83* 35.48 0 7 2399 1774 51 4/33 34.78 0
Aamer Sohail (Pak) 1992-1998 47 2 1584 97* 35.20 0 13 2676 1890 49 4/22 38.57 0

The third table contains allrounders with the best bowling averages when batting in the top five in the same ODI. Watson's in distinguished company here too, in third place, below Wasim Akram and Andrew Flintoff and above Ian Botham. Watson averages 25.88 for his 92 wickets in the 85 matches where he has batted in Australia's top five, scoring 3577 runs at an average of 47.

Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate owns the best batting average in one-dayers - 67. In the 31 matches in which he has batted higher than No. 6, ten Doeschate's batting mean rises to 67.40, and he has taken 48 wickets at 26.39 apiece in those games as well.

Best bowling average when batting in the top 5 in the same ODI (minimum of 20 matches, 1000 balls)
Player Span Inns NO Runs HS Bat Av 100 50 Balls Conc Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5
Wasim Akram (Pak) 1987-2002 20 2 276 39 15.33 0 0 1003 699 32 4/22 21.84 0
A Flintoff (Eng) 2000-2008 67 11 2146 123 38.32 3 13 2734 1976 80 4/14 24.70 0
SR Watson (Aus) 2002-2011 85 9 3577 185* 47.06 6 23 2918 2381 92 4/36 25.88 0
IT Botham (Eng) 1978-1992 52 2 1258 79 25.16 0 8 2623 1827 70 4/31 26.10 0
RN ten Doeschate (Neth) 2006-2011 31 9 1483 119 67.40 5 8 1473 1267 48 4/31 26.39 0
DS Lehmann (Aus) 1998-2005 76 12 2589 119 40.45 4 14 1220 978 36 4/7 27.16 0
N Kapil Dev (India) 1981-1993 46 6 792 72 19.80 0 3 2210 1472 53 4/30 27.77 0
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 2006-2011 103 18 3156 134* 37.12 5 21 5303 3802 131 4/33 29.02 0
GS Chappell (Aus) 1972-1983 65 11 2246 138* 41.59 3 14 2830 1871 64 5/15 29.23 2
TM Odoyo (Kenya) 1997-2008 24 2 531 54 24.13 0 2 1076 852 29 3/13 29.37 0
L Klusener (SA) 1996-2004 46 7 1195 103* 30.64 2 7 2021 1663 56 6/49 29.69 3
JM Davison (Can) 2003-2011 30 1 780 111 26.89 1 5 1345 1011 34 3/15 29.73 0
M Prabhakar (India) 1987-1996 48 4 1506 106 34.22 2 11 2408 1876 62 5/33 30.25 2
Mudassar Nazar (Pak) 1977-1989 96 3 2511 95 27.00 0 16 3832 2695 89 5/28 30.28 1
AR Border (Aus) 1979-1993 183 24 5246 127* 32.99 3 35 1738 1365 44 3/20 31.02 0
KJ O'Brien (Ire) 2007-2011 35 6 950 142 32.75 1 4 1222 1000 32 3/18 31.25 0
JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2011 292 50 11166 139 46.14 17 83 9874 7946 252 5/30 31.53 2
MD Crowe (NZ) 1982-1995 136 17 4495 107* 37.77 4 32 1176 831 26 2/17 31.96 0
Mohammad Hafeez (Pak) 2003-2011 82 3 2185 139* 27.65 3 12 3146 2189 68 3/17 32.19 0
RJ Shastri (India) 1983-1992 62 5 1729 109 30.33 4 11 2420 1680 52 5/15 32.30 1

Who had to do the most bowling in ODIs in which he batted in the top five? This is one list in which Watson doesn't rank in the top 20. Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan bowls an average of 51.4 balls in matches in which he bats in the top five. Fast bowlers Botham and Manoj Prabhakar, who used to open the bowling and batting for India, are second and third, having bowled a little more than 50 balls on average.

Highest rate of balls bowled per ODI when batting in the top 5 (minimum of 20 matches)
Player Span Inns NO Runs HS Bat Av 100 50 Balls Conc Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5 B/I
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 2006-2011 103 18 3156 134* 37.12 5 21 5303 3802 131 4/33 29.02 0 51.4
IT Botham (Eng) 1978-1992 52 2 1258 79 25.16 0 8 2623 1827 70 4/31 26.10 0 50.4
M Prabhakar (India) 1987-1996 48 4 1506 106 34.22 2 11 2408 1876 62 5/33 30.25 2 50.1
Wasim Akram (Pak) 1987-2002 20 2 276 39 15.33 0 0 1003 699 32 4/22 21.84 0 50.1
N Kapil Dev (India) 1981-1993 46 6 792 72 19.80 0 3 2210 1472 53 4/30 27.77 0 48.0
RN ten Doeschate (Neth) 2006-2011 31 9 1483 119 67.40 5 8 1473 1267 48 4/31 26.39 0 47.5
IK Pathan (India) 2005-2008 21 2 493 83 25.94 0 3 946 783 33 4/41 23.72 0 45.0
TM Odoyo (Kenya) 1997-2008 24 2 531 54 24.13 0 2 1076 852 29 3/13 29.37 0 44.8
JM Davison (Can) 2003-2011 30 1 780 111 26.89 1 5 1345 1011 34 3/15 29.73 0 44.8
CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2003 155 27 4731 112* 36.96 6 27 6912 4953 140 4/34 35.37 0 44.5
L Klusener (SA) 1996-2004 46 7 1195 103* 30.64 2 7 2021 1663 56 6/49 29.69 3 43.9
GS Chappell (Aus) 1972-1983 65 11 2246 138* 41.59 3 14 2830 1871 64 5/15 29.23 2 43.5
Abdul Razzaq (Pak) 1998-2011 39 3 1047 112 29.08 1 6 1689 1249 38 6/35 32.86 1 43.3
DJ Bravo (WI) 2004-2011 35 6 1026 112* 35.37 1 4 1431 1385 40 3/32 34.62 0 40.8
A Flintoff (Eng) 2000-2008 67 11 2146 123 38.32 3 13 2734 1976 80 4/14 24.70 0 40.8
Rizwan Cheema (Can) 2008-2011 21 1 610 94 30.50 0 5 855 663 22 3/25 30.13 0 40.7
Mudassar Nazar (Pak) 1977-1989 96 3 2511 95 27.00 0 16 3832 2695 89 5/28 30.28 1 39.9
Shahid Afridi (Asia/Pak) 1996-2011 184 5 4223 109 23.59 4 24 7238 5657 156 5/11 36.26 2 39.3
RJ Shastri (India) 1983-1992 62 5 1729 109 30.33 4 11 2420 1680 52 5/15 32.30 1 39.0
CZ Harris (NZ) 1990-2004 23 1 474 130 21.54 1 1 892 668 17 3/43 39.29 0 38.7

Travis Basevi is a cricket statistician and UK Senior Programmer for ESPNcricinfo and other ESPN sports websites. George Binoy is an Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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