Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 47 on Friday, has named top five all-rounders, the game has been blessed with. Speaking on the Star Sports Connected show, the legendary batsman named quite a few iconic figures that played alongside and against him. In the 24 years of international career, Sachin witnessed the rise and fall of great West Indian team, he watched the best of Pakistan (1992) and Sri Lanka (1996) and then he stood tall against the invincible Australian team of 2000 era.
Ironically, none of the current crop of all-rounders could make the list as every one of them failed to fill a certain aspect of the versatility that is required for being called a perfect all-rounder.
Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show, the former right-handed batsman named Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Sir Richard Hadlee, Malcom Marshall and Ian Botham, the top five all-rounders of the game till date.
Remembering the moments of his first face-off with these legends, Sachin Tendulkar said, “I grew up watching the top five all-rounders of the world. I played with one of them which is Kapil Dev. Second would be when I had gone on to my first tour to Pakistan and played against Imran Khan.”
“The third was playing against Sir Richard Hadlee on my second tour to New Zealand. Then in Australia I played against Malcom Marshall and Ian Botham. So, these are my top five all-rounders whom I grew up watching play and later, had the opportunity to play against them,” he further said.
At present, almost each team possess an all-rounder. Whether it’s Ben Stokes of England, Shakib-Al-Hasan of Bangladesh, Jason Holder of West-Indies, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja of India, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan or some others also, but what they lack is the consistency and credibility that their predecessor had.