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Tom Harkness

'My heart says that the title is a fight between Miller, early Botham and late Imran. I think a true allrounder needs to be a match winner in all disciplines, and whilst Sobers is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) players of all time, I put him in the Kallis mould: a fantastic batsman and a capable, but not a match-winning bowler'

Adnan Alavi

'Glamour in cricket came with Imran and almost went with his departure. He is an icon, and cannot be compared with anyone else'

Raja Mohandes

'It irks me to see people vote for Wasim Akram. While he is surely one of the best bowlers of all time, it is ridiculous to call him an allrounder'
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The Greatest Allrounder

Sobers named as Cricinfo's greatest allrounder

He was the most natural cricketer you would ever want to see and quite simply he could do it all. He is in the top ten greatest batsmen of all time, he took over 200 Test wickets and was a sensational fielder who could field in multiple positions. "Sobers is not just the greatest allrounder ever, but the greatest player," explained Sambit Bal, Cricinfo's editor. Imran Khan topped the user poll, and by a surprisingly big margin

New Zealand's lone ranger

Week 20 - Sir Richard Hadlee

The old quotes are always the best. When Graham Gooch summed up the challenge of batting against the New Zealand team of the 1980s, he described it thus: "Richard Hadlee at one end, Ilford 2nds at the other." If that was harsh, it also hinted at an unavoidable truth. For most of the 17 years Hadlee was a Test cricketer, he singlehandedly carried his side's attack like no other bowler had managed before

Cricinfo's 20 contenders | Photo gallery

Imran Khan Wasim Akram Shaun Pollock
Vinoo Mankad Kapil Dev Adam Gilchrist
Richard Hadlee Ian Botham
Richie Benaud Ravi Shastri Wilfred Rhodes
Andrew Flintoff Tony Greig Alan Knott
Keith Miller Jacques Kallis Garry Sobers
Monty Noble Mike Procter  

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Sir Richard Hadlee
The lone ranger
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Sir Garry Sobers
A cricketing genius
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Richie Benaud
The doyen of cricket
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Kapil Dev
India's Cricketer of the Century
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Adam Gilchrist
Australia's revolutionary
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Wasim Akram
Pakistan's golden boy
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Tony Greig
The story of a cricket rebel
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Imran Khan
Pakistan's talisman
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Ian Botham
Charisma and controversy
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Andrew Flintoff
England's Ashes hero
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