Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, who would otherwise have walked into the XI, were not considered since they played less.
Reserves: Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Playing away, Bhuvi (21 Tests) or Bumrah (12 Tests) can replace Jadeja.
TOI’s Indian Test team of the decade: Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.
CATCHWORDS OF 2019
Both England and New Zealand scored 241, and then 15 runs each in the Super Over, leaving the 2019 World Cup final tied. The ICC unleashed its ‘boundary countback’ rule for such situations and declared England the winner, for having hit 26 boundaries compared to New Zealand’s 17 in the match. Following heavy criticism, the ICC eventually amended the rule. Now, Super Overs will be repeated till there is a clear winner.
In a much-debated move, the ICC introduced ‘concussion substitutes’ – a replacement player for a batsman who has been hit on the head and is out of the game because of concussion. In the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, Marnus Labuschagne became the first ‘concussion substitute’ in history when Steve Smith was struck by a bouncer from Jofra Archer. Labuschagne hit 59 in the final innings to help Australia save the Test.
Having resisted the idea to play with the pink ball under lights for a while, India finally played their maiden day-night Test match under lights at the Eden Gardens. The move was a result of efforts by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who took over as new BCCI president in October.
TOP 3 CATCHES
A BIRD! A PLANE! NO, IT’S BEN STOKES!
In the opening match of the 2019 World Cup between England and South Africa, Andile Phehlukwayo smashed Adil Rashid to deep mid-wicket. The ball seemed to be sailing over the boundary for six, when Ben Stokes somehow leapt horizontally towards the rope, timing his jump to perfection, to catch the ball with outstretched, reverse-cupped hands. A moment of pure magic.
SMITH’S STUNNER AT SECOND SLIP
There are few things Steve Smith can’t do on a cricket field. In the first Test against New Zealand in Perth, the former Australia captain took a stunning catch at second slip to send back New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. Smith flew to his left with his right hand stretched out, as the ball, flying at high speed, stuck in his hand. His body was nearly parallel to the ground as he completed his dive.
THE ‘SALUTE’ CATCH!
Having served in the Jamaican army, Sheldon Cottrell is known for ‘saluting’ his opponent after dismissing him, but on that occasion, it was the left-arm pacer who deserved a special salute. During a World Cup game against Australia at Nottingham, when Steve Smith flicked Oshane Thomas over backward square leg, the ball seemed to be comfortably going for a six until Cottrell pulled off an absolute stunner.