Netherlands all-rounder Ryan Ten Doeschate on Tuesday (October 5) picked Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and India’s Ravindra Jadeja as the two best all-rounders in the current era.
Doeschate said during an interaction facilitated by the ICC: “I think Shakib (Al Hasan) would be hard to look past. Ravindra Jadeja will be up there. If I had to choose two of the top (all-rounders), I (would) probably go with those two.”
Praising Jadeja for his sheer ability to turn the game on its head, the 41-year-old said: “Okay, his (Jadeja’s) ability to affect the game, so yes he is never going to be your leading run-scorer or leading wicket-taker, (but) he is going to win you a game with his 37 off 16 balls. He is going to get you over the line or when you are 120/5, he is going to get you up to 160/170.”
On Shakib, Doeschate noted: “Obviously it kind of gives it away in the name, an all-rounder needs to have joint effect in all three parts of the game and the same with Shakib. You saw Shakib’s numbers in the last World Cup (2019), he was the leading run-scorer, which just shows what he has added to his team.”
He signed off by saying, “Someone like Jadeja, as I said his numbers aren’t going to be so great, (but) you always feel that any stage of the game that he can just flip the game on his head and win a game for you, I think particularly in tournament mode, that is probably the biggest quality.”
Noteworthy, Jadeja and Shakib will be soon seen in action in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17. Netherlands will kick start their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against Ireland in Abu Dhabi on October 18.