From Ashwin to Kallis: These 5 cricketers scored a century and claimed fifer in the same Test
There are numerous all-rounders in world cricket, who are equally effective with the bat and the ball. There have been multiple occasions when they have scored a century or take a five-wicket haul. Some of them have also attained the rare feat of doing both in a game.
All-rounders in cricket are known to be effective in both the departments, i.e. with the bat and the ball. Although there are all-rounders who specialise in one department, the real all-rounders go one to make a big name for themselves.
Some all-rounders are so good in each department that they score a century in a game while claiming most wickets in the other. Meanwhile, some even rarely manage to do it in the same game, as we take a look at five such all-rounders in Test cricket.
Roston Chase: The reigning vice-captain of the Windies was on fire when India toured the Caribbean nation in 2016. In the second Test, in Kingston, India posted 500/9, as Chase claimed 5/121. Windies, who was already bundled out for 196 in the first innings, had a daunting task at hand. Nonetheless, Chase struck an unbeaten 137 to allow Windies to salvage a draw, with India leading the four-Test series 1-0.
Ian Botham: Botham happens to be one of the greatest all-rounders to have ever played for England. During the 1981 Ashes, the third Test in Leeds saw Australia batting first and scoring 401, while Botham claimed 6/95. England was dismissed for 175, as Australia imposed a follow-on. England turned things around, as it posted 356, courtesy Botham's unbeaten 149. Furthermore, Australia lost the game by 18 runs, in one of the most thrilling Tests ever, with the team being imposed a follow-on winning the tie.
Imran Khan: The former Pakistani all-rounder, too, was one of the greatest for the side. When India was touring Pakistan in 1982-83, the third Test in Faisalabad saw India scoring 372, while Imran claimed 6/98. Pakistan scored a mammoth 652, with Imran being among the four centurions, scoring 117. After setting a target of mere seven in the second innings, India lost the game by ten wickets.
Jacques Kallis: Undoubtedly one of the greatest all-rounders of the sport, who hails from South Africa. In 1999, Windies was touring South Africa, as the fourth Test in Cape Town saw the host scoring 406/8, as Kallis was among the two centurions, scoring 110. The visitor was bundled out for 212. The second innings saw Proteas scoring 226/7, while Windies was skittled for 271, courtesy Kallis's 5/90.
Ravichandran Ashwin: The Indian, who started as a specialist spinner, is making steady progress as an all-rounder recently. During the 2016 tour of Windies, when in the opening Test, in Antigua, India posted a mammoth total of 566, batting first, with Ashwin scoring 113. The host was bundled out for 243, and upon being imposed a follow-on, it was again bowled out for 231. Ashwin claimed 7/83 in the second innings.