How good is this Indian Test team? Series victories over South Africa, New Zealand, England, and now Australia, in the span of a year and a half, have well and truly cemented Virat Kohli’s team as the best in the world.
They’ve become pretty much unbeatable at home.
But there are still plenty of doubters that think this side will falter, especially given their history of never beating Australia and South Africa in a Test series away from home.
So, let’s look at some numbers of how the Indian batsmen and bowlers have fared over the last two years overseas.
A few things that are evident from the list is how little India have actually played overseas but also that two their top-ranked players, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ranvindra Jadeja have barely played in those games.
Selection aside, it is evident that Kohli and Rahane have remarkable averages and have scored the bulk of the runs for the Indians.
Selection aside, it is evident that Kohli and Rahane have remarkable averages and have scored the bulk of the runs for the Indians
As expected, Ashwin leads the wickets column and Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra have averages under 30.
So, how has South Africa done in the last year at home in Tests?
While Rabada and Philander have amazing numbers in the bowling department Steyn has spent most of the season injured.
The batting holds up nicely with de Kock, du Plessis, and Elgar all having averages over 50, although Amla’s dip in form is a sign of worry.
Unlike the Proteas, the Aussies have amazing batting averages with Smith, Renshaw, and Handscomb all averaging over 60. However, the bowling leaves room for improvement, with only Hazlewood and O’Keefe averaging in the 20s.
With all things added up, it certainly shows that Australia and South Africa would be in for a fight against the Indians when they would have to face them at home and it would be likely that the Indians would fancy their chances of winning their first series in Australia and South Africa.
Shahnoor Rabbani is a strategic planner at 7TEEN, radio show host, and cricket commentator at Radio Shadhin 92.4 FM.