An all-rounder is always a special asset to his team, no matter what position he is played in.
All-rounders can cause a huge impact on all departments. The emergence of the T20 format brought the all-rounders to the forefront, as teams usually need seven batsman and six bowlers to make an impact. Moreover, with the fast-paced nature of the game, there is an obvious requirement for a player with all-round skills, who can match up to the hard-hitting players of the opposing team. This yearning for all-rounders can also be seen in the IPL as well.
Here’s taking a look at the best IPL all-rounders from each team for the 2019 season.
Sam Curran (Kings XI Punjab)
Kings XI Punjab had an explosive beginning to the 11th edition of the IPL, winning 5 out of 6 games. However, they could not keep up the momentum, mustering up only 1 win out of their last 8 matches. The lack of a quality all-rounder did harm them and hence, for the 2019 season, they bid the most on England’s Sam Curran. The left arm pacer has had a natural advantage, as most batsmen have trouble tackling the natural angle which comes with the delivery. Even with the bat, he knows how to conjure match-defining performances. His performance is keenly awaited in IPL 2019.
Moeen Ali (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
One of the most underrated players in the format, the English all-rounder is an extremely dependable finisher. When playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, he contributed to his team with a strike rate of over 160.
Even in the bowling scene, Ali has proved himself to be dependable time and time again, picking up crucial, match-changing wickets whenever his team needs him the most. He is known especially for not allowing the batsmen to settle at all. The captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli, will be surely hoping for a rehash from Ali.
Chris Morris (Delhi Capitals)
Deli Capitals have been looking to turn around their fortunes for quite some time now, as they have not been very successful from 2013-2017. From 2016, they started shifting all their focus to youngsters, and in 2018, they made the impeccable decision to retain Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Chris Morris.
Morris first came to the limelight during the Champions League of 2012. With a strike rate of 150 in this format, he is an undeniable asset in death overs. He is a master with the ball as well. His height of 6’6” gives him an undeniable bounce and edge over the other bowlers, and his yorkers always cause harm for the other team.
Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians)
The best memory that the public has of Krunal Pandya is undeniably the final of IPL 2017, where his 3/40 helped Mumbai win the title. In 2018, this memory made him the highest selling uncapped player, at INR 8.8 crore. Mumbai Indians will surely be heavily dependent on Pandya to help them tide through the 2019 season.
Shakib Al Hasan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Being bought by Hyderabad for INR 2 crore, Hasan proved his worth many times over, surpassing expectations many times. His arrival strengthened the middle order, which the team had lacked for years. He scored 239 runs and picked up 14 wickets at an economy of 8 last year, which was no doubt very impressive for a bowler coming in at number 5.
Hasan will not be a big part of the 2019 IPL but SRH will hope he can contribute in games he does play.
Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals)
The all-rounder has always been sought after in every IPL auction that he has been a part of. In 2017, he was sold for a whopping INR 14.5 crore to Pune. Stokes lived up to the trust placed upon him and went on to become the most valuable IPL player of the season.
In the bowling front too, he is extremely valuable, winning MoM awards for spells of 3/18 and 2/21 against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, respectively.
Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)
The West Indian is a complete all-rounder package, with explosive batting, awe-striking fielding, and dependable bowling in the death overs. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, his form has improved more and more, and he can be utilized in any over the match, from the start to the end. He is the all-time wicket-taker in T20 cricket with 464 dismissals to his name. Lasith Malinga is a distant second, with 353 victims.
With the bat, he has an almost supernatural ability to hit a six over third man and fine leg. In 2018, he scored 68 off 30 balls for Chennai in the team’s first game. His unnatural talent also moves over to his fielding abilities, and he has some unbelievable catches to his name.
Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Without a doubt, the all-rounder for Kolkata is the best player in the upcoming season of the IPL. His ability to smash the boundary at will makes him one of the most dangerous players. In IPL 2018, he was in full form, scoring 316 runs from a mind-numbing 171 balls. He also managed to pick up 13 wickets and was the go-to bowler for Dinesh Karthik, especially in the death overs. His batting strike of over 166, with a bowling average of 18.6 makes him the perfect threat for the opposite team.