World XI that can beat Team India at home in Tests
This team may put an end to India's sheer domination at home.
Published - Oct 14, 2019 8:27 pm | Updated - Jan 9, 2020 12:01 pm
India have been near-invincible when it comes to playing in home conditions. Since 2013, the team has won an awe-inspiring 28 Tests, remaining unbeaten in their 12th consecutive Test series in India. Their solitary defeat came back in Pune versus Australia in 2017.
Virat Kohli and Co whitewashed South Africa in the three-match Test series and then swept aside Bangladesh without even breaking a sweat. Prior to the home season, India and Australia were level on 10 successive home Test series victories. India’s last Test series drubbing was versus England in 2012.
Leave alone winning a series, visiting teams have found it tough to even compete against India in the latter’s backyard. However, if a team is formed with the best players around the globe, then India’s dominating run may come to an end.
In our article, let’s take a look at a World XI that can defeat India at home
Sri Lanka has beaten South Africa twice in their den and also rolled over New Zealand in Tests this year. One of the main reasons behind their show is Dimuth Karunaratne. The southpaw is someone, who doesn’t allow pressure get to his nerves.
There’s no rush of blood when Karunaratne is plying his trade. Karunaratne averages in the mid-30s, but 2019 has seen him perform exceptionally. Back in August, his 122 took the Lankans over the line in a run-chase of 268 in Galle against a potent Black Caps lineup.
With a sound technique and tranquil mindset, the left-hander can wear quality bowling attacks down with sheer ease. Against India, he has scores of 141, 97, 46 and 51, though has an average of 24.61 in nine matches. But on current form, it will be a tough call to leave him out.