Allrounder Feature


Sobers named as Cricinfo's greatest allrounder
Sobers named as Cricinfo's greatest allrounder

Garry Sobers has been named as Cricinfo's Greatest Allrounder

New Zealand's lone ranger
New Zealand's lone ranger

For most of the 17 years Hadlee was a Test cricketer, he singlehandedly carried his side's attack like no other bowler had managed before and only Muttiah Muralitharan has managed since. His action, as smooth as whipped cream, combined menace with meannes

Nothing he couldn't do
Nothing he couldn't do

When Wisden Cricketers' Almanack invited 100 experts around the world to vote for their five top players of the 20th century, a few grumbled that two names were shoo-ins: Don Bradman and Sir Garfield Sobers. Because if Bradman is the greatest batsman of a

Primus inter pares
Primus inter pares

In an era where most players are labeled as either batsmen or bowlers and handled accordingly, it is unlikely the game will ever throw up another Wilfred Rhodes

Lord and Master
Lord and Master

He was the first superstar of West Indies cricket. He bowled furiously, batted aggressively and was an outstanding fielder

The player behind the voice
The player behind the voice

Few cricketers have played the game and enjoyed as much respect as Richie Benaud without breaking down doors and throwing up flamboyantly eye-catching performances

The golden 'Nugget'
The golden 'Nugget'

Keith Miller had the golden touch whether hitting sixes into the stands, bowling unplayable offerings or thrilling people with his pastime

The lost diamond
The lost diamond

At his peak, Mike Procter's all-round talents were like a force of nature: roaring in like a hurricane, he was the type of fast bowler to give you goose bumps; his batting had all the lethal power of a volcanic eruption. But he also showed the finer skill

India's Cricketer of the Century
India's Cricketer of the Century

Kapil Dev is the finest all rounder to have played for India, and one of the best to have pulled on a pair of coloured trousers anywhere. He was more than a cricketer, he was an inspiration.

India's unsurpassed allrounder
India's unsurpassed allrounder

Suresh Menon profiles Vinoo Mankad, one of India greatest allrounders

The stumpy stopper
The stumpy stopper

While Alan Knott was keeping wicket for England in 65 successive Tests in the 1970s, there was not a gloveman in the world to touch him. But he was not merely a keeper of impish brilliance: Knott was England's lower-order not-so-secret weapon

The king of swing
The king of swing

Osman Samiuddin profile Wasim Akram in the latest Greatest Allrounder feature

Cricket's great pioneer
Cricket's great pioneer

Tony Greig is one of the most colourful and least pigeon-holeable cricketers in the modern game

Keeping it in the family
Keeping it in the family

Blessed with a loose-limbed effortlessness that adds elegance to anything he does, Shaun Pollock glides through his aesthetically soothing action with silky deception and wields a bat as if he were adding a flourish to an autograph

Sharing space with Sir Garry
Sharing space with Sir Garry

South Africa's leading Test run scorer by the age of 30, Jacques Kallis has established himself amongst the elite in world cricket - and there is plenty more to come

Master of the spin-swerve
Master of the spin-swerve

The first Monty to be a crowd favourite, M.A. Noble was the most complete player of the late 1800s and early 1900s

Pakistan's cornered tiger
Pakistan's cornered tiger

To restrict Imran Khan to mere cricket is to heap an injustice upon him. Undoubtedly, he was a giant on the field

Nothing less than a phenomenon
Nothing less than a phenomenon

At his peak, he was - for Englishmen of a certain generation - nothing less than a phenomenon

India's lost captain
India's lost captain

A dour customer capable of bursts of flair on the field, Ravi Shastri was a debonair, straight-speaking individual off it, qualities that didn't exactly endear him to an Indian society

The world is his oyster
The world is his oyster

In the first in our series of feature profiles of each of the 20 contenders for the title of the greatest allrounder, we begin with England's colossus, Andrew Flintoff. Click the link below to view the full feature