S. Al Hasan, surely
Other - please specify
S. Al Hasan, surely
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This does not require too much thinking. I guess as an all rounder captain it is difficult to think past Imran (considering the bunch that he captained).
However if this was a thread about the greatest captain ever then it there would have been some stiff competition amongst some very good captains.
Even without qualification (all-rounder or not), I will give it to Imran Khan. There have been other good captains who have worked very hard, but noone seemed to have created magic like Imran did, almost out of a fiction plot. To remain the only team not to lose to WI in 80's, to mentor the next generation of great Pakistani fast bowlers and to come out of retirement to win first world cup for his country. What else could a great captain dream to achieve!
Being a slightly better batsman than what was the norm years ago still doesn't make you an all-rounder in my opinion. It's not 'innovative', it's just a bloke who bats well too. Gilly helped change the demands on how good a batsman your wicket-keeper should be. Don't see it as turning them into 'all-rounders' though.
How does someone who never bowls have an 'all-round' game?
Why can't Ponting be called an 'all-rounder' because he fields brilliantly then?
As much as I'd love to see Gilly and some of the other keepers bowl, they're not all-rounders as far as I'm concerned. Don't think they need a special name to justify how good they are.
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An all-round game includes bowling, and most all-rounders have to bat and bowl to a certain standard. What if a guy is an excellent first slip as well as a great batsman? Or an good second slip and an excellent batsman?
Everybody has to field, but I think it's the extra time you put into all the disciplines that makes you an all-rounder.
How about we just all agree to call the wicket-keepers who are great batsmen 'pac-men'? They're almost round, but there's a bit missing.
That's pretty innovative
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