The India-Pakistan rivalry needs no definition. Both cricketing giants have produced world-class cricketers over the years and are still producing some of the best cricketers in the world.
While India is a factory where batsmen are produced, Pakistan is usually known as a bowlers paradise. Though Pakistan have a better head-to-head over India historically, India have had the upper hand over their neighbours over the last decade or so.
Test cricket has always been the real deal where the skills of a player are put under the scanner. Though both nations have met on a few occasions over the past decade or so, the last Test between India and Pakistan was played back in September 2007.
As we all know, Pakistan was a part of India before 1947 and had it not been for the partition, Indo-Pak would’ve ruled world cricket. So, here is the combined India-Pakistan Test XI of current cricketers:
1. Rohit Sharma
The hard-hitting opener from Mumbai takes the onus of opening the innings for the Indo-Pak XI. Though he hasn’t been a regular member of India’s Test team, his recent form in the purest format of the game is enough to find him a place in this hypothetical XI.
In Test cricket, Rohit Sharma has played 38 Tests, scoring 2,615 runs at an average of 46.7. He has slammed 7 tons and 12 half-centuries in the purest format of the game. He also has a double ton to his name.
2. Babar Azam
Ever since he sorted his feet in Test cricket, there has been absolutely no stopping Babar Azam’s growth as a batsman in all formats, especially in the purest format of the game. Since then, he has grown from head to toe in terms of his batting, across formats.
The 26-year-old is currently leading Pakistan in all formats. So far, he has played 33 Tests for Pakistan, amassing 2,169 runs at an average of 42.52. He has also registered 5 centuries and 16 50+scores in Test cricket.
3. Azhar Ali
A regular member of Pakistan’s Test team for more than a decade, Azhar Ali is the modern-day definition of a gritty Test batsman. He has been in the thick of things for Pakistan in the purest format of the game.
Azhar Ali, so far, has played 87 Tests for Pakistan and has scored 6,579 runs at an average of 43.28. He also has 18 centuries and 33 half-centuries in his bag. He has also notched up a triple century in the purest format of the game.
4. Virat Kohli (C)
Team India has tasted a lot of success away from home in the longest format of the game and skipper Virat Kohli deserves a lot of credit for the same. The run-machine has showcased some astonishing temperament, playing some match-winning knocks.
So far, Virat has played 86 Test matches for India in which he scored 7240 runs at an average of 53.63. He has also registered 27 tons and 25 half-centuries in the longest format of the game. He is the perfect man to lead this hypothetical XI.
5. Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan has been a prolific run-scorer for Pakistan across formats. His recent form with the bat has seen him pip former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Khan as the first-choice wicketkeeper of Pakistan.
So far, Mohammad Rizwan has played 15 games in the longest format of the game for Pakistan. He has scored 820 runs at an average of 43.15 and with the help of one century and 6 half-centuries.
6. Rishabh Pant (WK)
Rishabh Pant was in fine form for India at the business end of the ICC World Test Championship. The youngster played some crucial game-changing knocks as India defeated Australia in their own backyard, before humiliating England on home soil.
Not only his batting but his glovework has also improved remarkably. So far, Pant has featured in 20 Tests for Team India, notching up 1,358 runs at an average of 45.26 and a healthy strike rate of 71.47. He also has 3 centuries and 6 half-centuries to his name.
7. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is currently in the form of his life, especially in Test cricket. Since the start of 2018, the 32-year-old is averaging 55.57 with the bat [778 runs] and 26.07 with the ball [55 wickets] in 16 Tests.
So far, Ravindra Jadeja has 51 Test caps to his name with nearly 2,000 runs in the bag. He has scored one century and 15 half-centuries. He has also bagged 220 wickets with best figures of 7/48.
8. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin was at the height of his powers during the recent series against Australia and England as he claimed a total of 44 wickets in seven matches at an average of 18.56 with three five-wicket hauls.
The 34-year-old has been pretty handy with the bat too. So far, he has played 78 Tests for India, scalping 408 wickets at an average of 24.69 and amassing 2,656 runs at an average of 27.95.
9. Hasan Ali
After taking more than 200 wickets in First-Class cricket, Hasan Ali has made a smooth transition to international cricket. He has impressed one and all with his smart and sensible bowling.
So far, he has played 13 Test matches for Pakistan, scalping 57 wickets at an average of 22.05. He has also notched up five 5-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul in the purest format of the game.
10. Jasprit Bumrah
Currently, no pace bowling attack is complete without Jasprit Bumrah. He finished as the 4th highest wicket-taker for India in the WTC cycle- 34 wickets in 17 innings at an average of 22.41 with 2 five-wicket-hauls- which also includes a hat-trick.
Bumrah is currently leading Team India’s bowling attack across formats. So far, he has played 19 Tests for India, bagging 83 wickets at an average of 22.10. He has also registered five 5-wicket hauls, so far.
11. Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi has been making constant strides in world cricket. Stil just 21, he is already the leader of Pakistan’s pace attack across formats. His form in Test cricket, especially, has earned him a lot of plaudits.
So far, he has played 17 Tests for Pakistan since making his debut in 2018 against New Zealand. In his short but sweet Test career so far, Shaheen has picked up 58 wickets at an of 29.58, including 4 four-fors and 2 five-wicket hauls.