Test cricket is often considered the toughest format in the sport by purists. It tests a player’s ability to perform over a five-day period under various conditions.
Being technically good is not enough in test cricket, more often than not. Players are required to maintain the highest levels of concentration for hours at a stretch to perform well in test cricket. Limiting the natural instinct to attack at all points is also considered important by some game experts.
Therefore, a number of good players are often considered a format specialist. However, some players have managed to find their own way to dominate Test cricket without changing their game too much.
We take a look at five players who were touted as limited passing specialists when they first burst onto the scene, but who also dominated red-ball cricket.
#1 Virender Sehwag
Former Indian fly-half Virender Sehwag is arguably one of the greatest batsmen in the history of Indian cricket. He made his ODI debut in 1999 as a lower middle order batsman.
Two years later he made his Test debut against South Africa in Bloemfontein, again as a mid-level batsman. He then scored one hundred against a quality South African pace attack.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, seeing Sehwag’s caliber, promoted him to opening batsman for the England tour. The rest, as we know, is history.
He wasn’t the most technically sound opener to grace the game. But his excellent hand-eye coordination and timing allowed him to score faster (82.23 strike rate) than anyone in the history of Test cricket.
Sehwag’s counterattack cricket gave Indian batters more freedom to take their time on the pitch. His blitzkrieg hitting style caused opposing bowlers to lose their line and rhythm.
It was an unorthodox approach to Test batting cricket in the early 2000s, but Sehwag made it work, as evidenced by the thousands of runs he scored against powerful opponents around the world.
David Warner is one of the few all-format superstars in world cricket. However, this has not always been the case. He was considered a T20 specialist early in his cricketing career.
He made his Test debut against New Zealand in 2011. He pulled off a rare feat of carrying his bat all the way through the innings in his second Test match, something even his predecessors Hayden and Langer failed to achieve. to do.
Warner is certainly one of the best Test openers in the modern era of cricket. He scored 7817 points in 96 Tests with an average of 47 and a pass rate of 71. He has an outstanding record at home and in South Africa, averaging over 60 in both countries.
#3 Ravichandran Ashwin
Before making his Test debut in November 2011, Ravi Ashwin had already won three major white ball trophies with significant contributions in all of them – ODI World Cup 2011, IPL 2011 and CLT20 2010. Few would have thought that he would go on to overtake Kapil Dev’s wicket count in Test cricket.
Ashwin picked up 442 wickets in 86 Tests with an average of 24 and a strike rate of 52. He is nearly unplayable in Asian conditions. With Jadeja, Ashwin wreaked havoc with the ball on Indian courts. They have played a significant role in helping India set an almost invincible home Test record for the past 10 years.
Ashwin is also more than a practical lower-order drummer. He scored five hundred tests and scored nearly 3,000 tests with an average of 27.
#4 Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah first caught the attention of fans when he fired Virat Kohli on his IPL debut in 2013. Back then, few would have imagined that one day he would be the top pacer under Kohli’s command in test cricket.
Bumrah picked up 128 wickets in 30 Tests with an average of 21.99 and a strike rate of 48.97. He played a pivotal role in the success of Indian Test cricket abroad, playing a crucial role in both Border-Gavaskar Trophy wins in Australia.
The most amazing thing about him is that he does it in all formats and in all conditions. He is easily the best bowler in the world in any format and among the best in Test cricket.
The Mumbai Indians stimulator has a wide variety of balls in his pussy. He repeatedly adjusts his line and length as well as his format and pitch based approach which is quite difficult to do in modern cricket given the hectic schedules throughout the year.
#5 Rishabh Pants
When Rishabh Pant made his IPL debut in 2016, he was seen as a potential white ball superstar – someone who could take over the reins of MS Dhoni in the future.
Four years after his debut, Pant is currently one of the best Test cricketers in the world and writing his own legacy in Indian cricket. He scored 2123 points in 31 Tests with an average of 43 and a completion rate of 73. These are impressive numbers for a youngster who has only a few years in the international game.
He tested hundreds in England (2), Australia and South Africa during his short career, a feat achieved by no other Indian batsman in the history of Test cricket.
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