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5 India cricketers who opened the batting and bowling in the same ODI

Only one player has opened the batting and bowling in the same ODI more than two times.

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

In all these years, India hasn’t produced many all-rounders who can bat and bowl equally well. There are just a handful of players who have made a name for themselves in this category. While a few of them went on to represent the country for a long while, the others weren’t so fortunate. So, in such a scenario, it is a rarity that a player gets to open the batting and bowling in the same ODI.

Only one player opened the batting and bowling in the same ODI more than two times. This clearly gives one an indication that all those players who have done the same belong to a rare category. On that note, here are the players who were lucky enough to open the batting as well as the bowling in ODI cricket for India:

1. Kapil Dev – 1 ODI

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The legendary Kapil Dev, the 1983 World Cup-winning captain, is the best all-rounder that India has ever produced. With his heroics, he managed to inspire an entire generation to take up the sport. At one point in time, he was highest wicket-taker ever in Test cricket. The Haryana Hurricane, for one time in his long career, opened the batting as well as the bowling for India in ODI cricket.

While he batted at seven for a long part of his career, there were times he batted up the order as well. Towards the end of his career, he got an opportunity to open the innings.

In the 1992 World Cup, he came out to bat along with Krishnamachari Srikkanth in a game against Zimbabwe. However, he scored just 10 runs in that game. With the ball, he conceded just 6 runs in 4 overs in that rain-curtailed game.

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