World Test XI of the current era that can beat the Indian team at home
Over the years, India has been one of the toughest places to visit for any touring side. With a formidable batting line-up that India perennially boasts off, coupled by the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the current World No.1 Test team, India has lost a solitary Test (vs Australia, 2017) in the past five years.
Having said that, there have a plethora of overseas cricketers, who have performed valiantly in India, even though their team might not have won the match or the series.
On that note, let us today, make a dream Test XI of the current era, that could potentially beat India in India.
#1 Alastair Cook
The youngest player in terms of age to cross the 10,000 run barrier in Test cricket, is also one of the most successful overseas openers to have come to India in the 21st century.
Having made his debut in 2006 against India, Cook gave an instant account of his penchant for batting for a long period of time, as he stroked a masterful hundred. However, it was only in the 2012 tour of India, where he scored a series reviving 176 in the second innings of the Ahmedabad Test. England might have lost that Test match, but it proved to be a series-defining one for the tourists. Cook the went on to score 122 and 190 in the succeeding Tests at Mumbai and Kolkata, to lead his side to a historic 2-1 series win in India after 28 years.
With seven scores in excess of 150 and two double-hundreds, Cook has thus far accumulated 12028 runs at an average of 45.73 which includes 32 hundred.
#2 David Warner
The only opener to smash a hundred in an opening session of the Test match, Warner has stamped himself as one of the leading Test openers of the current era, with 21 hundred at an average of 48.2 in 74 matches.
Joining Cook at the top will be Aussie David Warner. While the Aussie opener has not had a good time in India in his last two outings, his aggressiveness and shenanigans will be an ideal foil for Cook.