Quality over quantity? Does it run over the reputation? Men’s Test Team of the Year 2021

Rohit Sharma (India)
11 tests: 906 @ 47.68, two centuries
Once regarded as a specialist in white balls, the Indian starter has established himself as a true star of the Test. After failing to shoot in Australia, Rohit hit his straps at home against England and was just as effective on the return series in English conditions. His 83rd set win at Lord’s and his tonne turned India’s game into The Oval, earning him man of the match honors.

Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
Seven tests: 902 @ 69.38, four centuries
The Sri Lankan skipper made his way to the side through the tried and true way of racing, racing and more racing. Only Joe Root made more centuries than the Karunaratne four in what was the best year of his career for the left-handed starter. True, he was helped by some gigantic scores on flat courts at home against weak opposition, but a century in South Africa underscored his class. David Warner and New Zealand couple Devon Conway and Tom Latham were lost due to lack of playing time.

Kane Williamson (c) (New Zealand)
Four tests: 395 @ 65.83, one century
I can see what you’re already thinking. How can Conway and Latham get lost, but Williamson gets in? In this case, it is quality over quantity. Let me point you to the final of the world test championship. You may have played in just four games, but shot where it mattered. In a low-scoring game, the Black Caps superstar hit 49 and 52 without jitters, not under immense pressure to lead his country to the inaugural title. He is also approved as a patron.

Australian Marnus Labuschagne ranked first in the men’s batting rankings in 2021.Credit:fake images

Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)
Five tests: 526 @ 65.75, two centuries
It is a measure of their reliability and consistency that the Queenslander was one of the first names included in the batting lineup despite playing so few games. The Australian number 3 built on his already lofty reputation by topping the list of races in the Border-Gavaskar series, including a century earlier in the year in Sydney, and was instrumental in his country’s success in the Ashes. Crowned the world’s top-ranked hitter in December, he belongs firmly among the game’s elite willowbearers. Unless the captain wants to give up his spot on the first knockdown, I’m comfortable with him at No. 4.

Joe Root (England)
15 proofs: 1708 @ 61, six centuries
After three relatively quiet years by his exemplary standards, the England captain reestablished himself as one of the best hitters in the game. A small adjustment to his technique, which now causes his rear foot to move straight back rather than across the crease, bolstered his defense, allowing him to enjoy one of the most prolific years of all time. At home or abroad, Root didn’t care, whose epic tons in Galle and Chennai inspired his team to victory; yes, England beat India in India. His leadership has been questioned in Australia, but he has been one of the best-performing players in the Ashes. Where would England be without him?

Mohammed Siraj hugs Rishabh Pant after India won the series against Australia in Gabba.

Mohammed Siraj hugs Rishabh Pant after India won the series against Australia in Gabba.Credit:Getty

Rishabh pants (India)
12 tests: 748 to 39.36, a century
The wicketkeeper position was almost secured in mid-January so well that he played in Australia. Pant’s bravery and enterprising striking game against Australia’s boastful attack compared him to the great Adam Gilchrist. His 97 saved India from defeat in Sydney, while his joyous 89 failed in Brisbane secured India back-to-back victories on these shores and surpassed Australia’s Gabba fortress for the first time in 32 years. Fourth on the race charts, his dynamic play put him ahead of Pakistani Mohammad Rizwan.

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
Nine events: 52 wickets at 4:94 p.m., three sets of five wickets, 355 races at 25:35, a century
The spinning magician from India retains his spot on the side after finishing 2021 at the top of the wicket list. Yes, he was helped by his team’s heavy schedule at home, but his rivals also benefited from spin-friendly court games. His four wickets in the World Test Championship final resolved any doubts about his ability to play on the road. It wasn’t his best year with the bat, but a century in Chennai and a game-saving blow in Sydney were enough to put him at seven and fit into a second roulette wheel.

Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand)
Five tests: 27 at 17:51, three sets of five fields
The fast Kiwi giant is another whose performance at Southampton pushed him to XI ahead of England veteran James Anderson and Pakistan’s Hasan Ali, who both claimed more land. Kicking off the year with a blast with 11 wickets against Pakistan in Christchurch, Jamieson sealed his place at 5-31 on the decisive match schedule. Her bag included the large scalps of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant.


Axar Patel (India)
Five tests: 36 @ 11.86, five sets of five fields
A controversial choice as their numbers, while dominant, inflate when playing exclusively at home. He is not a great vaulter, the one who spins with the fingers of his left arm does not appear to be a dangerous adversary, but it is his ability to slide the ball directly that leads the batters to his demise. Eighteen of his 35 wickets (51 percent) came through bowling or lbw. For comparison, 25 percent of Nathan Lyon’s 411 proving grounds have come through these modes. He brings the drinks if we come across a pacemaker heaven.

Pat Cummins (Australia)
Four tests: 21 to 18.76, a course of five terrains
In a year in which he has become the 47th male test captain for his country, this is possibly his greatest achievement, right? While his rhythm cartel teammates ran out of puffs against India, Cummins maintained his form against stiff opposition on unfavorable pitches in Sydney and Brisbane. Other bowlers have taken the spoils from the ashes, but their contributions from the first day set the game for their side. Hopefully Cricket Australia will be more ready to travel in 2022 as it would be a shame for him to play so little during his peak years.


Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan)
Nine tests: 47 @ 17.06, three sets of five fields
The final step was the hardest decision to make. The Pakistani got the nod ahead of his new teammate Hasan Ali, veteran Anderson and New Zealand swingman Tim Southee. Being a left point guard adds variety to the attack, but it was the 198-centimeter closer’s ability to extract rebound from lifeless shots and precision that gave the 21-year-old his first appearance on this illustrious side. His opponent – Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the West Indies – may not be the best in the world, but he also didn’t play in regions conducive to his style of bowling.

Steve Smith (12th) (Australia)
Five tests: 430 races to 53.75, a century
We are all prone to recent bias, so it’s easy to put more emphasis on your last month of 2021 than your first when you found your way through India’s stifling tactics. The Australian superstar hitter enters the squad ahead of players like Abid Ali, Fawad Alam and Lahiru Thirimanne, in part due to the reputation and quality of his opponent. And if you were on a green mamba, would you want any of them to fight for your life before Smith? He takes Patel’s place in the XI in case we find such a clue.

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