Mumbai Indians undoubtedly the team with the best set of all-rounders as we look at the rating and ranking of all-rounders of each team for IPL 2021.
If there’s one category of players where the word ‘3D’ truly finds its meaning, it is the all-rounders. The players of this category contribute in not one but all three ways, viz. Batting, Bowling, and fielding. More importantly, this is the category of players that Ispat of the times rewarded with the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Rightly so, because if you look at the last three year’s data, the MVP has been awarded to all-rounders with Sunil Narine winning it in 2018, Andre Russell in 2019, and Jofra Archer in 2020. Having said that, not every team is equipped with potential all-rounders, and more often than note, the teams with good 2-3 all-rounders in the side always do well.
So, In this article, we would be rating and ranking the 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: Hardik Pandya
Alright then, let’s look at the rating and ranking of all-rounders of each Team for IPL 2021.
#8: Punjab Kings – 8.09
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
Punjab Kings have the maximum number of all-rounders as compared to any team. However, it is purely a case of quantity over quality. Their best all-rounder is Moises Henriques, who has a rating of 8.42. However, such is their combination that it is difficult to see Moises playing all the matches.
Their 2nd-best all-rounder, Fabien Allen has a rating of 8.08, and he too would warm the bench mostly. The backups aren’t encouraging too as most of them are either inexperienced or not being utilized completely. The likes of Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, and Jalaj Saxena are decent ones, and they have a rating of 8, 7.58, and 7.33 respectively.
Overall, Punjab Kings get a weighted average rating of 8.09 in the all-rounders’ category; the lowest among all the teams.
#7: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 8.15
Two Main All-rounders: Mohammad Nabi & Jason Holder
Good Backup All-rounder: Vijay Shankar
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav & Abdul Samad
The team that is so strong in the bowlers’ category, find themselves strangling at number 7 when it comes to the all-rounders’ category. Two of their best all-rounders, Mohammed Nabi and Jason Holder would find it difficult to get all the games. In fact, it is also difficult for them to play together. Nevertheless, both have a rating of 8.5 each to their name.
Coming to backups, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, and Kedar Jadav have a rating of 7.58 each. Whereas Abdul Samad has a rating of 7.17. Two of these four should definitely get a game. However, who would play would depend on the team combination and pitch situation.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad get a weighted average rating of 8.15 in the all-rounders category.
#6: Royal Challengers Bangalore – 8.50
Two Main All-rounders: Washington Sundar & Daniel Christian
Good Backup All-rounder: Glenn Maxwell
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmad & Pavan Deshpande
RCB have decent all-rounders in their roster to choose from. Washington Sundar is their best all-rounders, courtesy of his fabulous bowling for RCB and Team India. He has a rating of 8.58. Daniel Christian and Glenn Maxwell are the team’s second-best all-rounders with a rating of 8.5 each. All three have a good chance of playing together given RCB’d lower-order issues.
The backups are decent too with Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Sams leading the charge with a rating of 8.33 each. Meanwhile, the other backup options, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmad & Pavan Deshpande have a rating of 7.33, 6.83, and 6.33 respectively.
Overall, Royal Challengers Bangalore get a weighted average rating of 8.50 in the all-rounders’ category.
#5: Delhi Capitals – 8.51
Two Main All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis & Axar Patel
Good Backup All-rounder: Ravichandran Ashwin
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Ripal Patel & Lalit Yadav
One of the strongest team on the paper have some really good all-rounders in their roster, but most of them belong to the bowling all-rounders category. The batting all-rounder, Marcus Stoinis is the team’s best all-rounder with a rating of 8.83. He is followed by Axar Patel with a rating of 8.5, and Ravi Ashwin with a rating of 8.25. The good thing is that all three would feature in the playing 11 for DC.
The backups aren’t bad too with the England duo Tom Curran and Chris Woakes taking the centre stage with a rating of 8.25 and 8,17 respectively. The other backup options include dynamic attacking batting all-rounders, Ripal Patel and Lalit Yadav. They have a rating of 6.5 each.
Overall, Delhi Capitals get a weighted average rating of 8.51 in the all-rounders category.
#4: Rajasthan Royals – 8.63
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
Rajasthan Royals have so many gaps in their team, but all-rounders is a category where they have done really well. They have many solid names in their all-rounders’ category, and most of them are expected to feature in their first-choice playing XI.
Their best all-rounder is undoubtedly Chris Morris, who has a rating of 8.92. Ben Stokes follows the list with a rating of 8.67. Rahul Tewatia is the team’s good backup with a rating of 8.5. The other backup options aren’t bad either with the best one, Shivam Dube having a rating of 8.17.
Overall, Rajasthan Royals get a weighted average rating of 8.63 in the all-rounders category.
#3: Chennai Super Kings – 8.66
Two Main All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja & Sam Curran
Good Backup All-rounder: Dwayne Bravo
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Mitchell Santner & Bhagath Varma
Having finished second-last in 2020, CSK’s fortunes would be changed by one category of players, and that is the all-rounders. They have many experienced names in the category, and if they perform well, there is no stopping to the old-age force of CSK in IPL 2021. Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran are the team’s best two openers, and they have a rating of 8.75 and 8.67 respectively. Both are most-likely to feature in all matches of CSK.
The old-warrior, Dwayne Bravo is the team’s good backup option with a rating of 8.58. Moeen Ali with a rating of 8.58 is another all-rounder who can come-in handy for CSK on turning tracks. Meanwhile, Mitchell Santner and Krishnappa Gowtham aren’t bad options either, and they have a rating of 8.33 and 8.17 respectively.
Overall, Chennai Super Kings get a weighted average rating of 8.66 in the all-rounders category.
#2: Kolkata Knight Riders – 8.78
Two Main All-rounders: Andre Russell & Shakib Al Hasan
Good Backup All-rounder: Ben Cutting
Other Backup All-rounder(s): Sunil Narine, Pawan Negi & Venkatesh Iyer
Riding on the backup of explosive Andre Russell, KKR added Shakib Al Hasan and Ben Cutting to their roster to make their all-rounder category even more strong. Andre Russell is the team’s best all-rounder and second-best overall with a rating of 9.17. Shakib follows him with a rating of 8.75. While Russell would play all the matches, Shakib’s selection would also depend on Narine’s performance.
Ben Cutting and Sunil Narine are the team’s best backup all-rounders, and they have a rating of 8.5 each. Sunil Narine has lost a bit of mojo in his batting and bowling in the last couple years, and that has reduced his rating from 9.5 in 2019 to 8.5 in 2021. However, he is a quality player, and it is just a matter of few good games, and the confidence should be back.
Overall, Kolkata Knight Riders get a weighted average rating of 8.78 in the all-rounders category.
#1: Mumbai Indians – 8.97
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 you have Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya in your all-rounders’ roster, was there ever a doubt that Mumbai Indians would not have the strongest of all-rounder attack in the competition? Hardik Pandya is the benchmark all-rounder in 2021, and he has a rating of 10. Pollard is MI’s second-best all-rounder with a rating of 8.92.
Coming to backups, Mumbai Indians have Krunal Pandya, who has recently been in stunning form in domestic cricket. He has a rating of 8.25. The other decent backup options include James Neesham with a rating of 8.08 and Jayant Yadav with a rating of 7.67. The youngest of the lot, Arjun Tendulkar is taking baby steps in IPL, and he has a rating of 7.
Overall, Mumbai Indians get a weighted average rating of 8.97 in the all-rounders category.
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