Rest of Asia XI that can defeat Team India at home in Tests
These players have a fair knowledge about sub-continent conditions and that can do the trick against India.
Published - Oct 15, 2019 8:24 pm | Updated - Oct 15, 2019 8:24 pm
India has been one of the toughest teams to beat at home and the numbers speaks for them. Back in December 2012, India last slumped to a defeat on their soil in Tests versus England. Ever since, they have lost only a solitary game against Australia in Pune back in 2017 and won a jaw-dropping 25 matches.
Leave alone beating them, visiting teams have found it tough to even compete in India. Recently, India thrashed South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in Pune to win the three-match series 2-0. With the triumph, India’s Test winning streak at home extended to 11, the most by any team.
Virat Kohli and Co surpassed Australia, who had achieved 10 two times. But if a team is formed with Asian players, who are accustomed to the conditions, it might cease India’s glory run.
In our article, let’s take a look at an Asian XI that can defeat India in Tests at home
Dimuth Karunaratne (C)
Dimuth Karunaratne brings in the sense of calmness to the Sri Lankan team, especially in Test cricket. The left-hander is always ready to bide his time in the middle, making the bowlers earn his wicket rather than gifting it away.
The southpaw is one of the major reasons behind Lanka’s three victories in the format over South Africa and New Zealand, two of which were away triumphs. The 31-year-old became the leading run-scorer in the series versus the Black Caps, scoring 247 runs at an average of 61.75.
The knock of 122 he played in the second innings of the first Test in Galle, helped Lanka chase down 268 and win the contest by six wickets. Karunaratne has some decent knocks against India as well with scores of 46, 97, 141 and 51, though his average is only 24.61.