All-rounders are boon for any side. The big boost about having an all-rounder in the side is they can contribute with the bat and ball. There have also been rare occasions when an all-rounder has scored a century and picked up a five-wicket haul in a Test match. Let us have a look at five such instances.
Vinoo Mankad vs England, 1952
Vinoo Mankad was in fine form in the second Test against England at Lord’s in 1952. The opener scored 72 runs in the first innings and then returned to pick up a five-wicket haul at an economy rate of 2.68. In the second innings, he continued his fine form, and notched up 184 runs at the top of the order. Despite his valiant efforts with the bat and ball, India went on to lose the match by eight wickets against the Sir Leonard Hutton-led England side.