Cricketers who have achieved the double of 1000 runs and 50 wickets in the IPL
Two Indians and four overseas players have achieved this magical double in the marquee T20 league
T20 is a format where the bits and pieces players can survive, as opposed to Tests, which demands the presence of specialists in each department. The value of a genuine all-rounder soars immensely in T20's as they give the team the much-required balance and flexibility.
Every team that wants to do well makes sure that they have a pool of good all-rounders to chose from, making them in huge demand in the T20 format.
This is evident from IPL auctions where franchises are seen raising the bids higher than expected to avail the services of a world-class all-rounder.
Let's have a look at six all-rounders who have managed to achieve the double of scoring more than 1000 runs as well as picking up 50 wickets or more in the history of the IPL.
M: 101 | Runs: 2620 | Bat.Avg.: 31.57 | S.R.: 138.65 | Best: 104*
Wickets: 85 | Bowl. Avg.: 28.21 | Eco.: 7.83 | Best: 4/29
Arguably one of the most effective all-rounders of the modern era to have played in the IPL, Shane Watson can be a destructive top-order batsman as well as a middle order finisher.
Complementing his explosive batting skills are his accurate bowling skills as his medium pace has always been a captain's delight.
Having been awarded the award for the Most Valuable Player twice in the IPL (2008 and 2013) - the only player to achieve this feat - Watson played an instrumental role in taking Rajasthan Royals to the summit in 2008.
He used the 2013 season as a platform to resurrect his cricket career as he ended the tournament with 543 runs and 13 wickets to his name.
Watson is surely past his prime and it would be interesting to see how much he still has to offer at his new franchise Chennai Super Kings.