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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Where are the all rounders?

That's the theme, of Siddhartha Vaidhyanathan's piece on Cricinfo. Makes for interesting reading. Makes me also recall something Kapil Dev once said, way back in 1998, when I asked him how come India hadn't produced all-rounders of any quality since his exit and that of Manoj Prabhakar:
I mean (a touch of exasperation here) that if you want to do something, achieve something, you can't be thinking all the time of what you don't have... I don't have an opening batsman, I don't have a fast bowler, I don't have an all-rounder... You think like this and you are telling yourself you can't win. You have to see what you have, and then plan how to use it the best way you can, that is how to win games. Not this business of 'we don't have an all-rounder so we are not a balanced team!

His argument was not that India does not need an all-rounder -- the essence of what he was saying was, if you have one, great; if you don't, accept it, as opposed to catching hold of some bloke who can maybe bat a little, bowl a little, and elevating him to all-rounder status.
Have to run back to work, but will pick up this all-rounder thread in just a while. In the interim, you've got homework -- that piece to read. :-)


  • I do think that the way the one day game is structured and played, having an all-rounder is not only advantageous but an absolute must.

    The definition of an all-rounder though needs to be well understood. A person who can bowl a bit and bat a bit is NOT an all-rounder. The all-rounder is a person who is a very good bowler or batsman or wicketkeeper first and foremost and then, can do something else reasonably well. The big four all-rounders of the eighties- Imran, Kapil, Botham and Hadlee- were first and foremost outstanding bowlers and then, they added the extra edge with their batting. This is where a person like Robin Singh fell drastically short. In my view, the finest all-rounder in the world right now is Adam Gilchrist- a great keeper who adds an enormous depth to Australia at the top of the order in one-dayers and solidity in the middle order in tests.

    Do we have an all-rounder? Irfan Pathan has the makings- but he must remember he needs to get his swing back, be a consistent first rate bowler before he starts improving his straight drive!

    By Anonymous Mohit Misra, at 12:25  

  • Kapil was rite!!.. U can't do anything if you don't have one and I follw domestic cricket vividly.. can't see one in the horizon...

    We have to make the best of what we have,.. But grooming should begin at a young age.. U can't make allrounders..

    Btw the article on cricinfo is really good.. especially the last line "Hopefully we won't speaking about the same in 2015"

    By Blogger Vivhyd, at 12:44  

  • Prem, nice post.. If you recall our 2003 World cup performance, how many allrounders did we have to go to the finals? Just one, in the form of Dravid, right? Now we have another potential one in Dhoni.. In the world cup, the specialists did their job to the T... Batsmen like Sachin scored runs and bowlers ran through the oppositions.. As you said, we need to make their special skills more special.. otherwise, Dhoni could easily become a Parthiv - still a good batsman but pathetic keeper.

    By Anonymous GP, at 12:44  

  • Interesting talk abt allrounders.Thing is an allrounder has to give equal importance to both aspects at the junior level.Another area is that they lack the necesssary physical strength .He has to be the fittest and strongest of all the people inthe team.Take Joginder Sharma and Justin Kemp of SA.Can u see what i mean?They need to work on their physique.Interstingly Kallis is supposed to have used Craetine to build his strength.

    By Anonymous Ashish, at 03:20  

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