Top 5 cricketers who used to start the proceedings with both bat and ball consistently

Posted by: Dr. Hareem

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#3 Tillakaratne Dilshan

opening bowlers and batsmen open with both bat and ball start the proceedings with both bat and ball

Dilshan was predominantly a batsman, but he was also more than a useful bowler as he has the happy knack of picking up wickets when it matters the most. Besides some historical performances with the bat, Dilshan with his off-breaks and sliders did the job for Sri Lanka on a number of occasions; especially in the shorter formats.

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Dilshan, a destructive opener, is known to provide lively starts to his side and with the ball, he was assigned with the task of keeping it tight for the first few overs.

In 2012, one of his memorable performances came in the 2nd final of the Commonwealth Bank Series when he finished with figures of 1 for 40 in his 10 overs and scored a magnificent 106 to win the game and level the Best of 3 final. He also became only the second player after Neil Johnson who to open both the batting and bowling, bowl ten overs and score a century.

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