Tom Moody picks greatest all-rounders in Tests, ODIs and T20Is
Picking the best all-rounder among the talented players is always a tough task. An all-rounder has to bat, bowl and field to offer three-dimensional abilities and that’s what makes a complete all-rounder. There is no doubt that the sport has been blessed with some of the greatest all-rounders of all-time over the years. Gary Sobers, Kapil Dev, Shane Watson, Jacques Kallis and Andre Russell are some of the best examples.
Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Tom Moody recently named his greatest all-rounders in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. Moody, who worked as the head coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is a good observer of the game.
It was under his tutelage, Sunrisers won the IPL trophy in 2016 and the team has been a heavyweight team in the premier T20 competition. Moody disclosed the top three all-rounders in all three formats while speaking on the Pitch Side Podcast.
As far as Test cricket is concerned, Moody picked Gary Sobers, Jacques Kallis and Imran Khan.
Moody hailed Imran for his amazing achievements for Pakistan. “I find it very hard to go past Imran Khan. What he did was quite phenomenal. I played against him towards the end of his career. I remember speaking to people that played him in the early and middle parts of his career and they said he was genuinely quick,” said Moody.
In T20Is, Moody picked Andre Rusell, former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson and former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi as his top three all-rounders.
“I am going Russell, Watson and Afridi in that order. Afridi over the last 12 or 14 years as an all-rounder has been nothing short of brilliant. He was a match-winner with both bat and ball and he has done it consistently,” said Moody.
“We have to remember the Afridi of the past, not the Afridi today when he was in his sweet spot, which was for a long period when he was playing the highest quality cricket of his career,” Moody added.
As far as ODI cricket is concerned, Tom Moody went with Jacques Kallis, Shane Watson and Lance Klusener as his picks.