World Cup: Studded with all-rounders which team has an edge...?New Delhi: The much awaited World Cup 2015 is just around the corner and almost all the participating teams have come with their best possible winning combinations.But the most important part of the selection is
New Delhi: The much awaited World Cup 2015 is just around the corner and almost all the participating teams have come with their best possible winning combinations.
But the most important part of the selection is the choosing the best combination of the all-rounders who can support with both bat and ball when needed.
They are the ones who can take the game away from the opposition either with their bowling or batting.
Currently Shakib-al-Hasan of Bangladesh is ranked as the World's best all-rounder in ODIs as well as test cricket but what about the heavyweight of the World Cup?
From Australia at top to West Indies at bottom, every heavyweight nation had a set of their best all-rounders but are they performing well enough to be called as an all-rounder.
India TV checks out these all-rounders
The no. 1 ranked ODI side Australia is marching into the World Cup 2015 with four and probably the most explosive set of all-rounders namely Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell in their 15-man squad.
Out of these four Faulkner and Watson are currently ranked at no. 8 and 9 in the ICC all-rounder rankings, while their performances in the past one year have been below par not just with the bat but with the ball as well. The Watson-Faulkner duo has the individual figures of 165 runs with 1 wicket and 40 runs with 3 wickets respectively against South Africa prior to the ODI Tri Series.
The combined figure of all four all-rounders during home series against South Africa is 497 runs with 9 wickets.
Glenn Maxwell has been the pick of the all-rounders from the Aussies with the best figures of 380 runs and 16 wickets in past one year which is much better than that of the rest but he failed badly against South Africa.
Steven Smith had a decent run with 254 runs against South Africa adding to his total 541 runs in the year.
Certainly these figures would not please them when they start their WC campaign against England on February 14.
Note: This does not include the Carlton Mid ODI triangular series.