Ringside view: the magnificent eleven of men’s test cricket

Here’s a look at last year’s amazing international men’s test cricket team.

From the conquest of the Gabbatoir to the breach at Centurion fortress, around 2021 it had been India’s annus mirabilis in test cricket. The only comparison could be 1971, when India first won test series in the West Indies and England. Beyond India, New Zealand won the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC). Australia got a new captain in Pat Cummins and England captain Joe Root shone in his consistency. Here is the men’s test XI of 2021 …

Rohit Sharma (India): It has been a revelation since he decided to open the innings in test cricket three seasons ago. After making significant contributions in Australia, he took his game to the next level in England. Even in the home series against England, his hitting was a huge difference between the two sides. He has deserved a promotion to vice captaincy of evidence. He will also be the vice-captain of this team. A count of 906 races to 47.68 in 11 events, including two hundred, in 2021 makes Rohit the first name on the team sheet.

Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka): The captaincy has boded well for Karunaratne, who enjoyed his best year in test cricket. Centuries against South Africa and the West Indies spoke volumes about his quality as a hitter. A count of 902 races to 69.38 in seven races, including four hundred, easily makes it the starting partner for Rohit.

Kane Williamson (New Zealand): He led the Kiwis to the WTC crown after a series win in England. As always, Williamson led his team with class and dignity. Overcoming a dubious elbow, the New Zealand skipper scored 395 runs to 65.83 in four events, including one hundred. Williamson is an automatic pick to lead the XI combined.

Joe Root (Inglaterra): The one-man army in England’s batting lineup, Root hit like a prince in different conditions. He scored a double hundred in Sri Lanka and India, played as a lone ranger in the home series against India and Root now offers the only batting resistance for his team in the Ashes Down Under. A tally of 1,708 runs in 61 in 15 events, including six hundred, had been Bradmanesque. Root also claimed 14 wickets, including one against India, in 2021.

Marnus Labuschagne (Australia): He will hit out of position at No. 5 instead of his usual one-drop. But the best hitter in the ICC test standings deserves a spot on the test team of the year. With 526 runs to 65.75 in five tests and two centuries, the 27-year-old has become the cornerstone of Australian hitting. A hitter of his caliber should be able to hit in any position.

Rishabh Pantalón (India): His turn back against James Anderson in Biker was the joy of living of Test cricket in 2021. His twitter behind the stumps was uplifting; remember, ‘thoda sa aage, Milkha Singh Bhage, pyara Axar jaage’… Their win in 89 games without against Australia at the Gabba takes pride of place. Despite his batting difficulties in swinging conditions in England, the wicketkeeper-hitter scored 748 runs to 39.36, including a hundred, in 12 tests last year. Pant also made 39 layoffs: 33 arrests and six strains.

Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand): The tall Kiwi bowling all-rounder took terrain regardless of the conditions. He contributed with the bat in pressure situations as well. In five tests last year, the 27-year-old took 27 wickets at 5:51 p.m., including three-fifths. He drew life from a dead court in Green Park. In the WTC final in Southampton, his 21 of 16 balls in tough batting conditions proved vital.

Pat Cummins (Australia): He has assumed the Australian test captaincy like a duck overboard. The finish that Zak Crawley threw to England’s second inning at the MCG was torturous, the only setback likely a Glenn McGrath over Devang Gandhi at the Adelaide Oval in 1999-2000. In Ashes In Progress, the fast bowler has already bagged 10 scalps in two tests. Last year, in four tests, Cummins scored 21 lots at 18.76, including one of them.

Ravichandran Ashwin (India): The off-spinner took 54 wickets to 16.64 in nine tests despite not getting a game in England. Ashwin also scored 355 runs to 25.35, including a hundred. Upgrade a team with your world-class skill.

Jasprit Bumrah (India): The return to Ollie Pope at the Oval in the summer. Then another mundane for Rassie van der Dussen at Centurion in the winter… Rarely has Indian cricket seen a match winner like Bumrah. As former Indian fast bowler Javagal Srinath told The Indian Express: “Of all the Indian pacemakers I have seen and played with, I would put him at the top of the pack. Definitely ahead of me. A premier bowler in world cricket, he has done enough to be in any Hall of Fame. Inswingers, straighteners, leg cutters, gorillas, yorkers, slower cutters, you name it, you’ve got it. ‘ Bumrah finished 2021 with 30 wickets at 26.53 from nine Tests, including a fifth.

James Anderson (England): In India, he made his reverse swing speak. In England, he took out the swing ball. Most recently at MCG, Anderson gave another bowling masterclass. In 12 tests last year, he took 39 wickets at 21.74, including two-fifths. The 39-year-old is aging like fine wine.

Test XI of 2021: Rohit Sharma, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kane Williamson (capt), Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Rishabh Pant (portero), Kyle Jamieson, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, James Anderson

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