Best Test XI of the decade

This decade in Test cricket has been eventful, audacious, colorful and innovative, bringing a whole new spectrum to the format.

2. Dimuth Karunaratne

Dimuth Karunaratne. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Dimuth Karunaratne’s legacy cannot be measured by his statistics. At a time when the Lankan side was struggling to cope with the absence of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, Karunaratne was made the Sri Lankan captain besides trying some other options like Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews.

Karunaratne was the pillar of their batting lineup, which was pretty vulnerable and prone to succumb to the weakest of efforts. It was difficult to see a nation with such rich cricketing history go through this phase, but the left-handed batsman did a great job to keep the side alive whenever he could.

He scored 4,321 runs for Sri Lanka in the last seven years of his service at an average just under 37. This includes 9 tons and a career-best score of 196 coming against Pakistan. He scored 1,642 runs away from home, which includes a couple of tricky hundreds coming in New Zealand and Zimbabwe. He really has been an inspiring figure in these dark hours for the side and has also managed to win the series in South Africa this year as the captain.


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