The rise of CSK’s all-rounders, the focus as we look at the rating and ranking of the best all-rounders of each team for IPL 2021.
All-rounders is one category that is often non given a duo importance as it rightly deserves. Often we talk about a brilliant batsman in the form of an opener, middle-order or a Finisher. Or we talk about a bowler in the form of swing bowler, spinner, or death overs bowler. But all-rounder is a category that is slightly underrated.
Only pure all-rounders, who are good in both the departments are recognized completely. This includes the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya, Ben Stokes, etc. But a batting all-rounder or a bowling all-rounder is often recognized in their strongest category – be it batting or bowling.
So, In this article, we would be rating and ranking the best all-rounders of each team for IPL 2021. In general, a team needs two solid all-rounders, 1 good backup all-rounder, and at least one decent backup all-rounder. That’s how the all-rounder combination of a team would look strong if it meets all these criteria.
- All-rounders are classified as Main all-rounders, Good backup all-rounder, and other backup all-rounders, and all are being rated on a scale of 10. However, for the overall rating calculation, the weighted average is taken with higher weightage given to the main all-rounders.
- All all-rounders are relatively rated with respect to benchmark all-rounder basis their last two IPL’s performance, and/or their current International and Domestic form. However, more weightage has been given to IPL performance.
- While any player can play an additional role as ”Backup’, main players and good backups should have a unique set of players. Also, 6 is the least rating for any player in the squad.
Benchmark All-rounder for IPL 2021: Ravindra Jadeja
Alright then, let’s look at the rating and ranking of all-rounders of each Team for IPL 2021.
#8: Punjab Kings – 8.15
Two Main All-rounders: Moises Henriques & Fabien Allen
Good Backup All-rounder: Chris Gayle
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Deepak Hooda, Jalaj Saxena, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Utkarsh Singh & Shahrukh Khan
Without a doubt the team that is devoid of quality all-rounders. PBKS have Moises Henriques and Fabien Allen has their two best all-rounders with a rating of 8.42 and 8.08 respectively. But unfortunately none of them are sure-shot starters in the playing 11.
Apart from these two, PBKS don’t have any good all-rounders. Chris Gayle isn’t a proper all-rounder anymore – although does bowl a few overs sometimes. Whereas Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, and Harpreet Brar are inexperienced yet. However, there’s definitely potential in these three.
Overall, Punjab Kings get a weighted average rating of 8.15 in the all-rounders category; the lowest among all the teams.
#7: Royal Challengers Bangalore – 8.29
Two Main All-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga & Glenn Maxwell
Good Backup All-rounder: Daniel Christian
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Shahbaz Ahmed & Pavan Deshpande
The all-rounders’ show of RCB is no different than that of PBKS. There’s devoid of quality, and the ones that are present are decent ones. Glenn Maxwell and Wanindu Hasaranga are the team’s two best all-rounders with a rating of 8.5 and 8. 33 respectively. While Maxwell is a batting all-rounder, Wanindu Hasaranga is a bowling all-rounder.
Daniel Christian is a proper all-rounder for RCB, who is a decent batsman and a decent bowler. Christian carries a similar rating of 8.33. Apart from Christian, RCB have the inexperienced duo of Shahbaz Ahmed and Pavan Deshpande as two decent backup all-rounders.
Overall, Royal Challengers Bangalore get a weighted average rating of 8.29 in the all-rounders category.
#6: Delhi Capitals – 8.34
Two Main All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis & Axar Patel
Good Backup All-rounder: Tom Curran
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Ripal Patel & Lalit Yadav
Delhi Capitals have a Well-balanced squad, but off late, their all-rounder rating has taken a beating, and this is the only weakness in their squad. Marcus Stoinis is the team’s best all-rounder with a rating of 8.75. However, his batting and bowling form off-late has been below-par.
Supporting Marcus Stoinis is Axar Patel, who is a brilliant bowling all-rounder with a rating of 8.5. Apart from these two, Delhi Capitals have the overseas Tom Curran as a good backup with a rating of 8.25. Finally, Delhi Capitals have Lalit Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin as the other two all-rounders with a sub 8 rating.
Overall, Delhi Capitals get a weighted average rating of 8.34 in the all-rounders category.
#5: Rajasthan Royals – 8.35
Two Main All-rounders: Chris Morris & Ben Stokes
Good Backup All-rounder: Rahul Tewatia
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Shivam Dube, Mahipal Lomror & Riyan Parag
Only just, but Rajasthan Royals have a slightly better all-rounder combination as compared to Delhi Capitals. RR have Chris Morris as their best all-rounder with a rating of 9. Primarily a bowling all-rounder, Chris Morris is a good pinch hitter down the order. He is followed by Rahul Tewatia with a rating of 8.42, who had a good 2020 season, but a below-par 2021 season.
Coming to the good backup, RR have Shivam Dube with a rating of 8.17. Apart from these 3, Rajasthan Royals have Mahipal Lomror and Riyan Parag as the other two young all-rounders. Both are decent batting all-rounders, and can bowl 1-2 overs in a match.
Overall, Rajasthan Royals get a weighted average rating of 8.35 in the all-rounders category.
#4: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 8.37
Two Main All-rounders: Mohammad Nabi & Jason Holder
Good Backup All-rounder: Sherfane Rutherford
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Vijay Shankar Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav & Abdul Samad
Not a star-studded one, but Sunrisers have a fairly decent all-rounder department. Jason Holder and Mohammed Nabi are the team’s best two all-rounders worn a rating of 8.5 each. Both bring unique skill-sets to the table with one being a pace all-rounder and the other being a spin all-rounder.
Apart from these two, SRH brought in Sherfane Rutherford, who is a decent batting all-rounder. Then SRH have part-time all-rounders in the form of Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, and Abhishek Sharma. Although not very explosive, these are decent additions to the team.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad get a weighted average rating of 8.37 in the all-rounders category.
#3: Kolkata Knight Riders – 8.64
Two Main All-rounders: Andre Russell & Shakib Al Hasan
Good Backup All-rounder: Sunil Narine
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi & Venkatesh Iyer
A couple of years back, KKR had the best all-rounder contingent with the likes of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine contributing in both the departments. But, the recent form of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell in both the departments has brought their rating considerably. While Russell is still KKR’s best all-rounder with a rating of 9.08, Sunil Narine is third with a rating of 8.42.
The addition of Shakib Al Hasan and Ben Cutting does improve their rating, but only slightly. While Shakib had rating of 8.5, Ben Cutting has a rating of 8.33. Apart from these 4, KKR have Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi as two decent backup all-rounders. While Venkatesh is an aggressive batting all-rounder, Pawan Negi is a decent bowling all-rounder.
Overall, Kolkata Knight Riders get a weighted average rating of 8.64 in the all-rounders category.
#2: Mumbai Indians – 8.71
Two Main All-rounders: Hardik Pandya & Kieron Pollard
Good Backup All-rounder: Krunal Pandya
Other Backup All-rounder(s): James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Anukul Roy & Arjun Tendulkar
When IPL 2021 had began, Mumbai Indians had undoubtedly the best all-rounders among all the teams. The hot-in-form Hardik Pandya, West Indian Kieron Pollard, and an in-form Krunal Pandya. But 2021 has been the worst year for the Pandya brothers. Both have been extremely poor in both the categories, and that has affected their rating considerably.
From the ratings perspective, Kieron Pollard is the team’s best all-rounder with a rating of 9.08. Pollard is followed by Hardik with a rating of 9, and Krunal Pandya with a rating of 8.25. Apart from these 3, MI have decent backups in the form of James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, and Anukul Roy.
Overall, Mumbai Indians get a weighted average rating of 8.71 in the all-rounders category.
#1: Chennai Super Kings – 9.27
Two Main All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja & Moeen Ali
Good Backup All-rounder: Sam Curran
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Dwayne Bravo, K Gowtham, Mitchell Santner & Bhagath Varma
The rise of Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali has lifted Chennai Super Kings from the number 3 position before the start of IPL 2021 to number 1 at the start of the second leg of IPL 2021. Both are in red-hot form at the moment, and are contributing to all three departments. While Jadeja is the benchmark with a rating of 10, Moeen isn’t far behind with a rating of 9.
Sam Curran is an equally brilliant bowling all-rounder with a rating of 9. Guess what, as if these 3 were not enough, CSK also have the aggressive Dwayne Bravo as their fourth-best all-rounder with a rating of 8.75. Apart from these 4, CSK have decent ones like Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, and Bhagath Verma.
Overall, Chennai Super Kings get a weighted average rating of 9.27 in the all-rounders category.
So, that completes the all-rounders ranking and rating for the best all-rounders for IPL 2021. As we speak today, Ravindra Jadeja, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya, and Chris Morris are the top 5 all-rounders in the squad.
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