Team India has always been deprived of decent all-rounders, who could provide immaculate balance to the team. Apart from the 'Haryana Hurricane' Kapil Dev, the Men in Blue have struggled to find impactful all-rounders in all formats of the game.
However, the star-studded Indian team has had quite a few batsmen who could also double up as part-time bowlers in ODIs. Some of these batting legends were amazingly adept at bowling and to call them 'part-timers' would be a misnomer. Here are three incredibly talented batsmen who were equally impressive with the ball as well.
#3 Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh came into the limelight after he scored a brilliant 84 against a powerful Australian bowling attack in 2000. The left-hander is certainly one of the greatest match-winners for India in the shorter formats of the game.
Yuvraj's bowling grabbed attention when he bagged eight wickets at an average of 27.75 in the Coca-Cola cup in 2001. He improved as a bowler gradually and picked up five wickets in the 2003 edition of the ICC World Cup and became an important asset for the team.
The left-arm spinner picked up his solitary five-wicket haul in the 2011 edition of the World Cup and he finished the tournament bagging 15 wickets at an average of 25.13. His all-round performance earned him the Player of the Tournament award. Yuvraj represented India in 304 ODI matches and picked up 111 wickets.
#2 Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly is certainly one of the greatest captains for India. He is also best known for his elegance with the bat and his aggressive captaincy. Ganguly made his ODI debut for India in 1992 against the mighty West Indies and managed to score only three runs in his debut game. As a result, he was immediately dropped from the team.
Ganguly made a comeback in the team in 1996 and proved his prowess as a batsman scoring tons of runs in the next three seasons. His medium-pace made headlines when he bagged a five-wicket haul against arch-rivals Pakistan in Toronto in 1997. He matured as a bowler and became a regular feature in India's bowling card. Ganguly represented India in 311 One-Day Internationals and picked up 100 wickets including two 5-wickets hauls.
#1 Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is a name that needs no introduction in the history of cricket. Tendulkar's prowess as a batsman is well renowned across the globe. The master blaster has scored over 18,000 ODI runs in his career and has not left any stone unturned as a batsman while owning most of the batting world records in his name.
Tendulkar was equally adept at bowling as well and was often referred as the man with the golden arm. He has given numerous match winning performances with the ball for India in the 50-over format. The stalwart stunned the world with his leg-breaks and seam-up deliveries. He took a five-wicket haul against a solid Australian batting line up in 1997.
Tendulkar was different and better from other part-time bowlers because of the subtle variations in his deliveries. He represented India in 463 One-Day International matches and picked up 154 vital wickets.