All-time greatest Test XI of Team India

All-time greatest Test XI of Team India

India have produced some of the best in their 88-year Test history.

Virat Kohli shot
Virat Kohli shot. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Even after the rising popularity of T20 cricket, red-ball cricket is still considered as the format with the highest standards in the game of cricket. Test cricket is the ultimate challenge for a player as it tests both the physical and mental strength of players. Playing the game for five continuous days is very challenging, and one has to use his highest degree of his skill to survive in the longest format of the game.

Team India started its Test cricket journey on 25 June 1932 and has played 545 test matches in total with 157 wins, 167 defeats, 217 draws and one tie in its 88 years of their sojourn. A total of 296 players have earned the glory of representing India in Test cricket.

India are currently standing at the top position of the ICC Test Championship table, showing how much dominant they can be. In this article we tried our best to pick the best Test XI among the 296 players who donned the Indian white jersey.

So, without any further delay, let us see the players who make into the greatest Indian test-XI: –

1. Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Arguably the greatest Test opener of all time, Sunil Gavaskar will be the best to open batting for India on any given day due to his ability to play long innings at the top. He possessed all the qualities a batsman requires to have, to open the innings. He is the first player in the world to reach 10000 runs in Test cricket and also held the record for highest number of centuries (34) for nearly two decades in his time.

In an era of fearsome and ruthless Caribbean pace attack, Gavaskar faced them with enormous courage even without a helmet and had an astonishing average of 65.45 against them. He also scored his highest score (236*) in Test cricket against them which tells us about his extraordinary consistency against the most dangerous bowling attack of all time.

In 125 Test matches he played for his nation, Gavaskar scored 10122 runs at an average of 51.12 with the help of 34 100s and 45 50s. He had an extraordinary strike rate of 66.04 which is a very healthy one considering the deadly bowling attacks in those days.

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