A few points that we’ve kept in mind
1) Ability against spin – The most important factor for any batsman touring India is the ability to negotiate the spinners.
2) Record in Asia – A guy like David Warner who has an amazing record as a test opener and in fact is very good against spin has a very sub-standard record in India and the rest of the subcontinent. Therefore, he is omitted from this team.
3) Should have a decent sample size in sub-continent – One was very tempted to pick someone like a Marnus Labuschagne but the fact of the matter is that he hasn’t played a test match in the sub-continent and that rules him out of contention. Similarly, Jofra Archer also doesn’t make the cut.
4) Team balance – The ideal test line up comprises of 6 best batsmen, a wicket-keeper who can bat a bit and 4 best bowlers. However, in recent years one has seen that in searing hot conditions one can’t always bank on just 4 bowlers and therefore team balance is given precedence over individual ability.
Here goes the team
1) Dimuth Karunaratne – The Sri Lankan southpaw has an amazing record as an opener in the sub-continent. His recent tour of Pakistan was an indicator of his current form and ability to bat long. He had the most test runs as an opener last year.
2) Babar Azam – Babar Azam is not an opener, but he’s too much class to leave out of the team in our opinion. Opening the batting is one of the easier positions to bat in the sub-continent and one believes that he would be able to adjust. Babar is the only batsman to rank in the top 5 in all formats and he has 4 centuries in his last 5 outings.