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IPL 2019: Top 5 Experienced all-rounders to watch out for

Aalekh
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
09 Feb 2019, 17:57 IST

All-rounders are the hottest commodities in a T20 competition
All-rounders are the hottest commodities in a T20 competition

Say if you are a key member of a franchise's management like the Rajasthan Royals or the Sunrisers and you are designated to pick the right team for your season campaign. What will you looking for in your locker room and how will you select a playing XI which should possess all the necessary qualities as a team to succeed in a tough T20 competition like the IPL?

I can safely assume that a crucial priority of yours will be getting just the best mix of players where every team member should be quite familiar with his role in the team and should be capable enough to do justice with the assigned responsibility in the toughest of situations.

A wicket-keeper batsman aside, you have 10 slots and you have to assign these spots with some quality top & middle-order batsmen, pacers and spinners. This is task tough but don't worry. This is where an all-rounder comes to your rescue.

An all-rounder's ability to perform both with the bat as well as the ball makes him/her a very crucial asset for the team. An able all-rounder provides the team management with a window to strengthen both the bowling and batting department by taking just one slot in the team. He/she allows you to play an extra batsman without having to worry about your bowling department and vice-versa.

In the 1st edition of IPL way back in 2008, an uncapped all-rounder named Ravindra Jadeja played an instrumental role to anchor the Royals towards victory and last year, the veteran Shane Watson dismantled the lethal SRH bowling department in the final match by hammering a splendid century to guide the CSK to the trophy.

In this piece, we'll be discussing the top 5 experienced all-rounders in IPL 2019 to look forward to. Let's commence.


#1 Shane Watson

The evergreen Shane Watson
The evergreen Shane Watson

Any discussion upon match-winners in cricket is incomplete if you don't mention this gentleman. One of the finest all-rounders to grace this sport, Watson's skills as a terrific all-rounder and his passion to perform to the best of his abilities in the toughest of situations make him a very special cricketer.

Watson has been splendid in T20 cricket. Although he retired from international cricket, he has been a regular feature in some of the major T20 tournaments around the globe like BBL and IPL to name a few. Last year he took the game away from the SRH in the final match of the season where he hammered a glorious knock of 117 runs off 57 deliveries with 11 fours and 8 sixes.


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