Updated: Aug 1
Over the past several years, India has had a decent look at a few all-around players in white-ball cricket, with even tail-enders like Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar playing significant roles with the bat.
India's recent success in white-ball cricket has been characterized by the all-around abilities of its players. (AP)
In a way white-ball cricket matches, India is currently in good form. Then swept Ireland in a two-match T20I series before the England series, and they defeated powerful England in both ODIs and T20Is in their backyard. They are currently one win away from a first-ever ODI clean sweep in the West Indies. The role that all-rounders played in each of these victories has been a recurring theme.
This has been led by Hardik Pandya, who in England showedrounders some incredible bat and ball skills. In the second One-Day International against the West Indies, Axar Patel demonstrated his batting prowess by guiding India to win with just two wickets and two balls remaining.
During the Ireland series, Deepak Hooda became the fifth Indian to make a century in a T20 match, and he has since established a strong case to be a member of the Indian team that competes in the T20 World Cup. The 27-year-old may be India's biggest match-winner in short overs cricket, according to former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim, given that he is also a competent spinner.
"In my opinion, Deepak Hooda is the Indian white-ball team's biggest match-winner right now. He thinks he can contribute as an all-rounder and is proving to be a fantastic addition to the club. He is eager to improve and is bowling with the same confidence he did in the IPL "on India News, Karim remarked.
The rise of bowling all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja, Axar, and even Deepak Chahar, according to Karim, a former selector, is a positive development for India. "Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Deepak Chahar are bowling all-rounders who have improved their batting. Players have begun to recognize that they need to expand their skill set to secure a spot on the Indian team. Specialized bowlers like (Jasprit) Bumrah have put a lot of effort into improving their batting "said he.