India’s all-time Test XI: Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid cut

Compiling XI is never one of the easiest of tasks, especially for a country that has a rich cricket history in India.

As such, we’ve enlisted the help of our social media followers to help get the names of Final XI. As we opened the polling ground, more than 5 Indian players were taken into consideration.

Follow us Instagram To account for more details, we have attempted to compile an all-time Test X for the world’s leading cricketing countries.

Here is the all-time India Test XI based on the selection taken into consideration with the likes of our followers

Players have been considered

Openers: Sunil Gavaskar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Navjot Singh Sidhu

Middle order (3-6): Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Pali Umrigar, Mahindra Amarnath, Gundappa Viswanath, VVS Laxman, Dilip Vengsarkar, Virat Kohli, Vijay Hazare, Mohammad Azharuddin

Wicketkeeper: Kiran More, Farooq Engineer, MS Dhoni, Syed Kirmani

Spinners: Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Bijan Singh Bedi, Irapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Binu Mankad, Rabindra Jadeja

, Pacers: Kapil Dev, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath, Mohammad Shami

The last eleven

Sunil Gavaskar – Opener

Arguably the best Test opener of all time, Gavaskar’s selection in this XI is mere formality. Equipped with an extremely sophisticated technique, ‘Little Blaster’ broke every record before him in a spectacular career of 125 Tests.

He is the first man in history to violate the 10,000-run barrier in Test cricket, and his record stands at 34 for two decades. His batting average of 65৫ against his West Indies all-time win is a testament to his greatness.

Virender Sehwag – Opener

Virender Sehwag

Sehwag’s best for India came in Test Shot, despite the aggressive and daring approach that seemed more appropriate with the limited overs format. Sehwag’s easy task of opening innings with a minimum of footwork makes it easy, as he leads the way with an average of 1,669 Test runs.

Only two of the four batsmen in history will have to play big innings after settling in Sehwag’s crease to register for a triple test. In his staggering career, the strike-rate 12.22 refers to his ability to break the bowling attack.

Rahul Dravid – Middle order


Properly nicknamed ‘Wall’, Dravid was a classical batsman of the old school age who simply loved to bat and bat. While India was once a legendary batting unit in their batting, Dravid managed to retain his dominance through his bucket of tact and patience.

He is a man who can achieve success in all situations and is capable of handling both speed and spin. Dravid, with 5 Tests and 1,220 runs, gave defensive scores to a number of notable international careers.

Sachin Tendulkar – Middle order


The ‘Master Blaster’ has a legitimate claim to being the best batsman of all time after stitching together a great career spanning nearly 20 years. Long acclaimed as Gavaskar’s successor, Tendulkar left Mumbai’s peer-to-peer records as he established his own legacy.

Tendulkar’s record of 25 appearances, nearly 100,000 runs and a perfect 5 centuries was the start of Tendulkar’s greatness, which surpassed everything he had before. After watching Tendulkar in action, Sir Don reminded Bradman of his own batting and says everything about the Indian superstar’s reign with the bat.

Virat Kohli (captain) – Middle order

Kohli 2018

Still only 1, Kohli has already confirmed his credentials as India’s most successful Test captain. He was the one to fill the huge boot of Tendulkar for India and he did not disappoint.

With almost a Test batting average like Tendulkar, Kohli has amassed 277 tons in just five innings. Compared to Kohli, only Bradman, Kumar Sangakkara and Brian Lara have double tons in the test who have registered six of them. He has a great record as captain, and he oversaw India’s first Test series win on Australian soil and earned the captaincy cap for this XI.

VVS Laxman – Middle Order


Laxman’s artistry was confirmed by the bat when he pulled off the most spectacular event of the 25-run marathon in Eden Garden against Steve Waugh’s world-winning Australia team.

Since the renowned glory of 25, Laxman has suffered a number of times during his Test career in Australia. With the most elegant wrist work, the right-hander has amassed nearly 9,000 test runs and helped himself to 17 centuries. He was a focal point for India when he argued for the most powerful batting unit in the history of India.

MS Dhoni – Wicketkeeper


India has not been assigned the best wicketkeeping talent through history, although MS Dhoni still manages to stand head and shoulders above the competition. The former skipper scored around 5 runs at an average of 6.5 and was more effective than stumps, dismissed in a total of 20 Tests.

The man who can add the fastest run for India, Dhoni leads the team to the No.1 ranking in Test format.

Kapil Dev – pacer / all-rounder

The crook

The only all-rounder in history who has taken 5000 doubles and 400 wickets, Kapil Dev is synonymous with Indian cricket. The captain of India’s first World Cup title in 5 years, the all-rounder also enjoyed considerable success over a 5-year test career.

Despite his contribution to the bat especially in the latter half of his career, Dev is one of the best cricketers in India, a very skilled bowler and stylish batsman, who dropped out of the game at an average of 1.6 and 26.06, respectively. His retirement is the highest in any Test bowler’s history.

Anil Kumble – Spinner

In the blanket

With 191 Test wickets in his name, Anil Kumble has made India the most successful Test bowler ever. There were several high points in the leg-spinner’s career, but his all-time wicket in an innings against Pakistan in the 5th was nothing short of spectacular.

He could be billed as a leg-spinner, but the speed and bounce he produced with the ball produced Kumble’s effectiveness. By no means is Turner the most, he sustained Kumble’s deadly googly and unbeatable lines and lengths and could not make him an opponent no batsman likes to face. He was especially effective in India where he made an average of 350 wickets for an average of 25 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin – spinner

Ashwin (1)

Although India has been blessed with several strong spinners in the past, Ravichandran Ashwin has been able to stand out. Despite his first breakthrough in the Indian team as a somewhat T20 specialist, Ashwin is seen as one of the best off-spinners in the business, eager to learn and adapt.

Chennai has become a major driving force behind the current Indian team’s Test rankings, collecting an average of 255 wickets at an average of 25.5. He is also more efficient at bat and has registered four tons and five half-centuries under orders.

Zaheer Khan – Pacer

Zaheer Khan

India is currently witnessing a golden era with their fast bowling talent pool, though for the most part their history cannot be said. At a time when India was struggling in their fast-bowling division, Zaheer Khan was breathing fresh air with his left-handed variety.

He was not the most consistent with the red-ball early in his career, but county stints in England saw Khan turn into a strong boundary over time. The Mumbai bowler, with his ability to swing the new ball and reverse the old ball, has shown a number of match-winning performances for India, including a long tour of England at 23 for.

Learn more about the Sport 360 app