The Best All-Rounders in IPL History: Batting, Bowling, and Beyond

With the IPL boasting some of the best all-rounders, here are some of the best ones that have graced the league.

Celine Abrahams 
C. Abrahams 

Last Updated: 2024-04-29

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Ravindra Jadeja of India celebrates with teammates after dismissing England captain Ben Stokes during day three of the 3rd Test Match

Since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has evolved into a global sensation, captivating fans worldwide with its thrilling blend of top-tier competition, celebrity allure, and continuous entertainment.

From fervent cricket aficionados to casual observers, the IPL has transcended the boundaries of the sport, bringing together fans of diverse ages and backgrounds.

Let's explore the best all-rounders in IPL history who have taken center stage in this magnificent cricket extravaganza

Best all rounders in the IPL 

Ravindra Jadeja

An indispensable asset for the Chennai Super Kings, Jadeja has showcased unwavering consistency with both bat and ball. 
Accumulating 2531 runs and notching 138 wickets across 214 matches, he has played a pivotal role in CSK's triumphant endeavours.

Dwayne Bravo

Famed for his bowling versatility, Bravo has emerged as a vital asset for both CSK and MI. 
Amassing over 150 wickets and contributing 1560 runs, he has played a pivotal role in securing three IPL title triumphs.

Image Credit: Randy Brooks/CPL T20 via Getty Images

Image Credit: Randy Brooks/CPL T20 via Getty Images

Shane Watson

The Australian all-rounder played a pivotal role in Rajasthan Royals' maiden IPL triumph in 2008, delivering centuries in pivotal encounters. With 3874 runs and 92 wickets across 145 matches, Watson continues to be a linchpin, earning the MVP accolade in IPL 2018.

Kieron Pollard

A dominant force with the bat and a valuable contributor with the ball, Pollard has consistently impressed for the Mumbai Indians. 
Accumulating 2755 runs and claiming 57 wickets, he has been instrumental in MI's triumphant campaign, securing five IPL titles.

Andre Russell

Renowned for his dynamic batting prowess and valuable bowling contributions, Russell has emerged as a formidable presence for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Accumulating 2071 runs and claiming 89 wickets, he earned the MVP title in IPL 2019, notably hammering 52 sixes during that campaign.

Image Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Image Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Jacques Kallis 

The former South African all-rounder, showcased his talents in the IPL playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) throughout his IPL journey. He played a pivotal role for both franchises, significantly impacting their achievements.

Kallis represented KKR from 2011 to 2014, playing a crucial role in their IPL title victories in 2012 and 2014. A consistent performer, he excelled with both bat and ball, amassing 1604 runs and claiming 45 wickets in 66 matches for the team.

In 2015, Kallis transitioned to RCB, contributing for two seasons before retiring from all cricket forms in 2016. During his stint with RCB, he garnered 543 runs and captured 11 wickets in 28 matches.

Overall, Kallis accumulated 2427 runs and took 65 wickets in his IPL career. 


Who are the best Indian all-rounders in IPL history?

The best Indian all-rounders in IPL history include Shane Watson, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Naraine, and Ravindra Jadeja.

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Celine Abrahams 
Celine Abrahams Sports Writer

Celine Abrahams is a dedicated and accomplished sports journalist, boasting over 7 years of experience in the sports media field. Beginning her career at the age of 19 in 2016, Celine embarked on her journey as a football writer with Africa's largest football platform, Soccer Laduma.