Best Asian Test XI from the current cricketers
Test cricket has largely been at the forefront with the World Test Championship (WTC). There are various players who are performing consistently on the big stage.
Updated - Feb 9, 2020 12:23 pm
During the early years, Asian teams were easily rolled over and the likes of Australia and England dominated proceedings for years. However, over the last two or three decades, the Asian teams like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and now, Afghanistan have become powerhouses of world cricket. There is a lot of Test cricket that’s played as well.
Test cricket has largely been at the forefront with the World Test Championship (WTC). Temperament, resilience and technique– any individual has to go through many aspects in order to excel in the longest format of the game. There are various players who are performing consistently on the big stage.
Thus, here we take a look at the best Test XI from Asia among active (current) cricketers only:
Note – Stats considered since 1st January 2016
1. Dimuth Karunaratne
No other Asian opening batsman has scored more runs than Dimuth Karunaratne in Test cricket since the start of 2016. The Sri Lankan left-handed opener has amassed 2881 runs (as an opener) in the mentioned period. He averages 38.41 but he’s been one player who battled it out.
He is third on the list of leading run-getters Asian batsmen. He’s been by far Sri Lanka’s best batsman in the longest format. Moreover, now that Karunaratne has ascended to the captaincy throne, he’s taken more responsibility. He’s leading from the front and a lot depends on him at the top of the order.
He has the patience and the ability to play big, long innings as well. Thus, it’s tough to look past Karunaratne and he will be one of the top choices among Asian opening batters.