| Imran Khan |
Bangalore: New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee has voted Pakistan’s Imran Khan as the best all-rounder of his era, calling him a complete package in the celebrated ‘80s quartet, comprising Hadlee, Imran, Kapil Dev and Ian Botham.
“If I am asked to pick who was the best of the four of us, I will say on record that it was Imran, because he was a versatile batsman, potent strike bowler and charismatic captain,” he said.
“As a batsman, he could bat anywhere in the top six, sometimes in the top four, and play any type of inning depending on the circumstance of the game.
“As a bowler, he was a potent strike bowler... His record suggests he was a fine bowler. He was also a charismatic person, a good and successful captain for Pakistan. He had a lot of respect, he had the package,” Hadlee added.
However, Hadlee had a special place for former West Indies captain Sir Gary Sobers as an all-rounder.
“Sobers traditionally has always been regarded as the No. 1 because people would pay to go and see him play. Very flamboyant, rhythmical batsman and bowler, fielder, captain. The whole package and the stats would back that up,” he said.
Hadlee, nevertheless, regarded himself as the better bowler of the quartet, but admitted his weaknesses as a batsman.
“I scored less Test hundreds than anyone else, my batting average was lower than the others. So while I had some good innings, my batting was inconsistent. I wouldn’t put myself in that same category, actually, but as a bowler definitely,” he said. (PTI)