Cricket in 2018: Team India Test XI v World Test XI
Looking at the player battles, it can be learnt that 2018 was a year of complete team performance by India rather than individuals dominating.
Published - Jan 1, 2019 8:30 pm | Updated - Jan 2, 2019 8:33 pm
The previous year was a roller coaster ride of sorts for the Indian cricket team. They had stern challenges awaiting with tours of South Africa, England and Australia. In between, India faced Afghanistan and Windies at home. The side played a total of 14 Tests in 2018 and won 7 out of those. However, the results weren’t as anticipated for the team in the longest format.
India lost 1-2 in the Rainbow Nation and 1-4 in the United Kingdom. Five of the wins came against Afghanistan, Windies, and a depleted Australian side. Despite not really getting the same kind of results they would’ve wanted, the team will be proud of their efforts. In alien conditions, they managed to give the home teams a good run for their money.
A few questionable decision with the team selection cost India a few games. Otherwise, it was a decent year in Tests. The Indian bowling lineup looks stronger than ever and has broken numerous record last year. The Indian team can easily compete and give a tough fight to any team. Furthermore, the side managed to retain its ICC Number 1 Test rank.
Here is a comparative analysis of how the best India Test XI fared when compared to the best Test XI formed by the players of all the other teams.
1. KL Rahul vs Dimuth Karunaratne
KL Rahul: The year ended up on a largely disappointing note for KL Rahul. He has had his own share of brilliance during the course of 2018. However, he ended up failing on a majority of occasions in the longest format. Rahul, somewhat, has failed to find the balance between his limited-overs game and his Test game which led to the downfall. Out of 22 innings in 12 games, he only managed to score 468 runs at an average of 22. He registered four ducks in the year.
Dimuth Karunaratne: Dimuth Karunaratne is the clear winner in this battle. He scored 743 runs in 17 innings at an average over 46. He provided Sri Lanka with many good starts. The left-hander struck seven fifties and one century in the year. He was also out for a duck on two occasions.
Winner: Dimuth Karunaratne