An all-rounder plays a substantial role for the team as he can deliver the work rate in the form of batting and bowling. When an all-rounder fires both cylinders, then the team will immensely benefit from his services. Having an all-rounder who can equally play well with both bat and ball is considered a prized asset.
Not many all-rounders have been able to keep up their tempo in the ODI World Cup. However, few players have well and truly broken the shackles and delivered the goods when it mattered the most. Let’s now discuss the names of two all-rounders who took the most wickets in a World Cup and scored 500-plus runs.
1. Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh cricket team’s linchpin, Shakib Al Hasan is considered the most valuable player of his team because of the way he has assisted the team in the batting and bowling department. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders in the present era and Bangladesh benefitted from his work rate so far.
Shakib Al Hasan had a breakthrough season in the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 edition in which he thrived as a batsman and bowler in the tournament. It is worth noting that he scored 606 runs, edging past Sachin Tendulkar’s record of maximum runs aggregated in the group stages of the mega tournament. Notably, he also weaved the magic with the ball, taking eleven wickets to his name.
2. Tillakaratne Dilshan
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan was an exceptional player who ticked the boxes in batting, bowling and fielding during the playing days of his cricketing career.
He played ever so well in the 2011 edition of the World Cup where Sri Lanka reached the finals of the tournament. Dilshan scored as many as 500 runs from 9 ODIs. Apart from his batting exploits, he accounted for eight dismissals.
Updated as of October 4, 2023*.