In more than a century history of Test cricket, only a select group of players have managed to master both the art of batting and bowling at the highest level. Achieving the remarkable milestone of scoring 3000+ runs in test cricket and taking 200 or more wickets is a testament to their extraordinary all-round skills and unparalleled contributions to the game.
In this article, we celebrate these cricketing legends and delve into the exclusive list of players who have left an indelible mark on the sport by excelling with both bat and ball on the Test arena.
Let’s take a look at such players:
Jacques Kallis, the legendary cricketer from South Africa, was a true all-round genius on the field. With the bat, he was a dependable rock, accumulating runs with effortless ease and elegance. He finished his illustrious Test career with 13,289 runs, making him one of the highest run-scorers in the history of the game. He exceeds the 3000+ runs in test cricket by far among entire list.
Kallis had a remarkable average of 55.37, showcasing his consistency and ability to perform under pressure. As a bowler, he was equally lethal, known for his pace and swing, especially during his early years. Kallis ended his Test career with 292 wickets, a testament to his versatility and impact on the game. He remains one of the greatest all-rounders to have ever graced the cricketing world, leaving an indelible legacy for South Africa and the sport.
Stuart Broad is a name synonymous with fast bowling excellence. Throughout his career, he has consistently been a potent force, extracting movement and pace from the pitch to trouble batsmen around the globe. Broad’s ability to swing the ball both ways and deliver deadly spells earned him over 600 Test wickets, making him a key figure in England’s pace attack.
Talking about his batting, he has played many reselient batting innings for England. Against Pakistan in 2010 at Lord’s, he scored 169 runs, rescuing England from 102/7 to 446 runs. Broad has over 3600 runs with 13 half centuries and one century. For a specialist bowlers, those are incredible numbers.
Kapil Dev was a true all-rounder and one of the finest to grace the sport. With the ball, he was a formidable fast bowler, capable of generating significant pace and swing. Throughout his illustrious Test career, which spanned from 1978 to 1994, Kapil Dev took 434 wickets, making him one of India’s most successful bowlers.
Notably, Kapil Dev’s batting prowess was equally impressive. As a hard-hitting middle-order batsman, he could change the course of a game with his aggressive stroke play. He scored a remarkable 5,248 runs in Test cricket, including eight centuries and 27 half-centuries.
Kapil Dev’s crowning moment came during the 1983 Cricket World Cup when he led India to its historic victory, showcasing his immense talent with both bat and ball. His contributions to Indian cricket have left an indelible mark, and he was the only Indian player to have 3000+ runs in test cricket as well as 200+ wickets.
Daniel Vettori was a masterful all-rounder known for his exceptional skills with both bat and ball. As a left-arm spinner, Vettori bamboozled batsmen with his flight, guile, and accuracy. He was New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, claiming an impressive 362 wickets in 113 matches. With a natural ability to control the game’s flow, he often troubled the best batsmen on any surface.
In addition to his bowling prowess, Vettori was a valuable lower-order batsman. He scored 4,531 runs in Test cricket, including six centuries and 23 half-centuries, showcasing his ability to contribute crucial runs when his team needed them the most. Vettori’s impact on New Zealand cricket was immeasurable, and his leadership qualities as captain further solidified his status as one of the all-time greats in the sport.
Shaun Pollock was a formidable all-rounder who left a lasting impact on the game. As a right-arm medium-fast bowler, Pollock was known for his immaculate line and length, and he possessed the ability to swing the ball both ways. He claimed 421 wickets in Test cricket and 393 wickets in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), making him one of the most successful bowlers in cricket history.
Besides his bowling exploits, Pollock was a prolific batsman in the lower middle-order. He scored 3,781 runs in Test matches and 3,519 runs in ODIs, displaying his capability to contribute significantly with the bat. Pollock’s unwavering dedication and consistency earned him respect from teammates and opponents alike, and he played a crucial role in shaping South Africa’s cricketing success during his illustrious career.
Ian Botham, one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history, was a force to be reckoned with for England. As a right-arm fast-medium bowler, Botham wreaked havoc on the opposition with his aggressive and skillful bowling. He claimed 383 wickets in Test matches, making him one of the leading wicket-takers for England.
However, it was not just his bowling that set him apart. Botham’s prowess with the bat was equally remarkable. He scored 5,200 runs in Test cricket, often rescuing England from tough situations and turning games in their favor. Known for his charisma and larger-than-life personality, Botham was a cricketing icon who left an indelible mark on the sport, inspiring generations of cricketers to follow.
Garfield Sobers, the legendary cricketer from Barbados, was a true all-rounder who played for the West Indies and not England. Sobers was a left-handed batsman known for his elegant stroke play and aggressive style. He scored a remarkable 8,032 runs in Test cricket at an average of 57.78, including 26 centuries and 30 half-centuries. Sobers’ highest Test score was an incredible 365 not out, which remained the highest individual score in Test cricket for nearly 36 years.
As a left-arm fast-medium bowler, Sobers was equally exceptional. He took 235 wickets in Test matches with his bowling, often outfoxing batsmen with his variations and swing. Beyond his batting and bowling prowess, Sobers was also a brilliant fielder, making him one of the most complete cricketers the game has ever seen.
Ravichandran Ashwin is renowned for his crafty bowling and valuable contributions with the bat. With his clever variations and ability to extract turn from different surfaces, Ashwin has been a prolific wicket-taker for India in Test cricket. He he has taken over 486 wickets in Test matches at an impressive average of around 24. His bowling repertoire includes a variety of deliveries.
Notably, Ashwin is not just a reliable bowler but also a handy lower-order batsman. He has rescued India from tricky situations on multiple occasions with his batting skills. He has scored over 3129 runs in Test cricket, including 5 centuries and 13 half-centuries. His batting average of around 28 highlights his ability to contribute significantly with the bat as well. Ashwin’s versatility as an all-rounder has made him a vital asset to the Indian cricket team.
Imran Khan, the legendary cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, is regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history. As a fast bowler, Imran was known for his lethal pace and ability to swing the ball both ways. He took 362 wickets in Test matches at an impressive bowling average of 22.81.
In terms of batting, Imran Khan was a key middle-order batsman who could produce crucial runs when needed. He scored 3,807 runs in Test cricket, including six centuries and 18 half-centuries, with a batting average of 37.69.
Imran Khan’s outstanding cricketing skills, leadership qualities, and charisma earned him immense respect and admiration both on and off the field. He led Pakistan to their first-ever Cricket World Cup victory in 1992, and his impact on the game continues to inspire generations of cricketers worldwide.
Richard Hadlee is widely regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers in the history of the game. With his incredible swing and seam movement, Hadlee posed a constant threat to batsmen around the world. He took a remarkable 431 wickets in Test matches at an exceptional bowling average of 22.29, which remains one of the best in the sport’s history.
In addition to his bowling prowess, Hadlee was a more than capable batsman in the lower order. He scored 3,124 runs in Test cricket, including two centuries and 15 half-centuries, at a batting average of 27.16. His contributions with both bat and ball played a pivotal role in the success of New Zealand cricket during his era.
Richard Hadlee’s impact on the game and his dedication to the sport have earned him a place among the all-time greats. He was knighted for his services to cricket and continues to be a revered figure in New Zealand and beyond.
Andrew Flintoff, affectionately known as “Freddie,” was a dynamic all-rounder who left an indelible mark on English cricket. With the ability to swing the ball at pace and unleash devastating bouncers, Flintoff was a formidable fast bowler. He claimed 226 wickets in Test matches at an average of 32.78, showcasing his effectiveness with the ball.
Flintoff’s batting was equally impactful, and he was known for his aggressive strokeplay and ability to turn games around with the bat. He scored 3,845 runs in Test cricket, including five centuries and 26 half-centuries, at an average of 31.77.
One of his most memorable performances came during the 2005 Ashes series, where he played a pivotal role in helping England regain the urn after a 16-year drought. Flintoff’s contributions with both bat and ball earned him widespread admiration and a place in the hearts of cricket fans around the world.
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is undoubtedly best Bangladeshi player of all time. As a left-arm spinner, Shakib has taken 233 wickets in Test matches at an average of 31.06, making him Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker in the format.
His batting prowess is equally impressive, with 4454 runs in 66 Test matches at an average of 39. He has scored five centuries and 31 half-centuries in test cricket. Shakib’s performances have made him one of the most valuable players in Bangladesh cricket history, and his impact on the team is immeasurable.
Nothing so beautiful in a test cricket match than Moeen Ali’s effortlessly creamed shots and mesmerizing off spin deliveries. He became the fourth Englishman to complete 3000+ runs in test cricket with 200+ wickets on Thursday against Australia in the Ashes. He currently has 3005 runs and 201 wickets in test career.
Known for his traditional off spin deliveries and power packed and elegant shot making, Ali has made England fans cheer countless. Ali’s most memorable moment in a test match was his hat-trick against South Africa to conclude the match. His test career would have concluded without this landmark but before the second Ashes 2023 match, Baz and Stokes urged him come out of retirement which ultimately paid off for the English team.
Test cricket is ultimate sporting competition. Despite being a century old game, there aren’t much players who have scored 3000+ runs in test cricket and taken 200+ wickets. This is particularly because, the player that is known as an all-rounder is roughly 40 years old Idea concerning the involvement of a player who can an extra dimension of skillset to the team.
However, those who have achieved this fear aren’t only all-rounders, there are some bowlers and some batters, to whom we have we have ascribed the name of all-rounder purely because of numbers and stats. Someone like Jacques Kallis who was so prolific in batting as his record suggests but also he was also an exceptional bowler.
On Thursday, English all-rounder Moeen Ali added his name to this exclusive list of players who have managed to cross 3000+ test runs and 200+ wickets in their career.
So this is the complete list of players with 3000+ test runs and double century of wickets. There are some other players –Chris Cairns, Chaminda Vass and Shane Warne– who have achieved this feet.