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Test cricket's elite trio of all-rounders

Test cricket's elite trio of all-rounders

Test cricket has not been short of stellar performances exhibited by some extraordinary individuals. Despite the plethora of matches played out in the 143-year-old history of Test cricket, there have only been three instances of all-rounders scoring a century and taking 10 wickets in a game.

The remarkable players to have achieved this feat include Pakistan’s Imran Khan, England’s Sir Ian Botham and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. The first person to complete this astonishing achievement was Botham when he picked 13 wickets and smashed a counterattacking 114 against India at Mumbai in 1980.

Imran also darted in a record performance soon after against India in Faisalabad in 1983 when as captain of the side, he struck five sixes in his aggressive 117 and picked 11 wickets in the match. The newest entrant on this distinguished list is Shakib, who dismantled Zimbabwe in 2014 by taking 10 wickets and making 137 in the first innings.