All-rounders have always been essential in building a strong team as they provide the perfect balance in the batting and bowling departments. To have a player that can score a century and take five wickets is a dream for any coach and captain. They are the perfect foil needed and play an important part, especially on away tours.
It is an extraordinary feat for an all-rounder to score a century and take a fifer in the same Test. The team will also be happy with the performances of the player in both departments giving him a lot of confidence.
Here are five instances when Indian players scored a hundred and also went on to take a fifer in a Test match proving the importance of all-rounders in the game:
Vinoo Mankad vs England, 1952
Vinoo Mankad, famous for his ‘mankading’ incident was in absolute best against England in 1952 with 72 runs in the first innings and continued his rich vein of form by bringing up a fine 184 at the top of the order in the second innings to follow up his five-wicket haul at an economy rate of 2.68 in the first innings. His efforts could not get India over the line as India lost by eight wickets against the Sir Leonard Hutton-led England side.