3 Indians who scored a century and picked up 4 wickets in the same ODI
All-rounders are the ones every team needs for the right balance of the team. Some are genuine all-rounders while some are batting and bowling all-rounders. Players like Andrew Flintoff, Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener and Dwayne Bravo fall in the first category while others like Daniel Vettori, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaun Pollock and Kapil Dev belong to the second category.
Apart from them, what most teams look for is batsmen who can bowl a bit and bowlers who can bat a bit. Such batsmen give the captain more options on the field without compromising the quality of batsmanship and such bowlers provide the rearguard action when the batsmen fail. The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Shoaib Mallik, Shane Warne, Stuart Broad and R Ashwin belong to this category.
Here we look at three Indian players who scored a hundred and picked 4 wickets in the same match:
Sachin Tendulkar (141 and 4/38)
Sachin Tendulkar, with all those batting records to his name, is quite an underrated bowler. He has 154 wickets to his name, which includes 6 four-wicket hauls. He had many variations up his sleeves as well. He happened to be the first Indian to pick 4 wickets and score a century in the same ODI.
Sachin scored a blistering 141 off 128 balls against Australia in the Wills International Cup quarter-finals in 1998. His innings included 13 fours and 3 sixes and he contributed more than 45% of the team total.
After winning the toss, Australia put India to bat and like in most other matches in the 90s, Sachin was the lone warrior for India. He was ably supported by Ajay Jadeja, who scored a brisk 71 off 65 balls.
Chasing a target of 308, Australia got off to a flying start and were on course for a win until Tendulkar spun magic with the ball. He picked up the prized wicket of Steve Waugh, triggering a mini-collapse and India clinched the match by 44 runs. Sachin picked 4 wickets for 38 runs at an economy of 4.15.