Test cricket usually has varied conditions across different countries. The contrast is more in tests as compared to limited overs. One of the biggest challenges for Indian batsmen in test cricket is to score high outside Asia. We will now have a look at Indian players with best batting averages outside Asia.
P.S: All the averages are taken as of June 2022.
10. Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin is a former Indian captain whose batting was considered to be graceful not only in quality but also in aesthetics. His batting was said to be free flowing in nature. He had a successful career going on till the match fixing scandal disrupted everything.
Mohammad Azharuddin averaged 33.75 across 40 tests outside Asia, which includes 6 centuries.
9. Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag was a peculiar batsman regarding test cricket. He was known for attacking from ball 1 despite that being an option which is not advisable. However, unlike others, it worked very well for him and he was known to be a batsman who, on song, can shift an entire match within a single session.
Virender Sehwag averaged 35.66 across 35 tests outside Asia, which includes 5 centuries.
8. Gundappa Viswanath
Gundappa Viswanath was a former Indian test batsman, who along with Sunil Gavaskar, was a key player in the Indian test team in the 1970s. He too had some beautiful shots to go with. He was known for his tendency to score steadily in harsher conditions which, at times, get ignored in statistics.
Gundappa Viswanath averaged 37.84 across 34 tests outside Asia, which includes 3 centuries.
7. Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane, unlike almost every other Indian batsman, is known to be better against pace than spin in Tests, which has led him to be a better batsman overseas than in home conditions. He, along with Virat Kohli, was an important batsman in overseas tours in the mid-2010s.
Ajinkya Rahane averages 38.63 across 43 tests outside Asia, which includes 6 centuries.
6. Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly was an instrumental part in the resurgence of Indian Test team after the turmoils of the match-fixing scandal. He was the captain of the Indian team and under his tenure, several batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, etc. flourished and India started becoming a competitive team in overseas tours.
Sourav Ganguly averaged 40.62 across 46 tests outside Asia, which includes 6 centuries.
5. VVS Laxman
Similar to that of Mohammad Azharuddin, VVS Laxman too was an aesthetic stroke maker from Hyderabad. He was one of the batsmen who made the middle order of Indian test team very strong, along with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
VVS Laxman averaged 42.31 across 61 tests outside Asia, which includes 8 centuries.
4. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is arguably India’s best test captain ever. His captaincy tenure marked a shift to aggressive nature of gameplay from the Indian test team and also transformation of the Indian team into a formidable unit which resulted into the Indian team retaining the Test mace consistently.
Virat Kohli averages 43.04 across 48 tests outside Asia, which includes 12 centuries.
3. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is India’s best batsman of all time and his best format was test cricket. He played test cricket for 24 years and in the time period he had scored many big and important knocks, especially in overseas tours. He was known for regularly scoring big against Australia.
Sachin Tendulkar averaged 50.37 across 77 tests outside Asia, which includes 18 centuries.
2. Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar was a prolific batsman in the 1970s. He was the first batsman in the world to reach 10,000 test runs and also the first batsman in the world to reach 30 test centuries. He was such an important member of world cricket history that the trophy for the test series between India and Australia, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, is named after him.
Sunil Gavaskar averaged 51.57 across 46 tests outside Asia, which includes 15 centuries.
1. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid, the current Indian coach, was a prolific batsman in test cricket in his playing days. Known as ‘The Wall’, he was known for his ability to stay put at crease blocking ball after ball for long durations.
Rahul Dravid averaged 54.58 across 68 tests outside Asia, which includes 14 centuries.