There is a reason why Test cricket is hailed as the toughest format. That is because it is the only format that tests a cricketers’ character, attitude, and more importantly his ability to adjust himself into different conditions around the world to the hilt.
Almost every batsman thrives in home conditions but it is his exploits in overseas conditions that really establishes his credentials as the potentially great batsman. We have a plethora of batsmen around the world who average in the high 40s or even 50s while playing at home but when it comes to batting away from home, their average and performances drop significantly.
But that is not the case with the very best in the game, who tend to thrive more when faced with obscure conditions than at home.
Here’s a look at five Indian batsmen who averaged more in Test cricket while batting away from home than in their own country:
Home- 39.28, Away- 45.16
One of the select group of cricketers who find comfort in obscure conditions more than home is the current Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahane, who made his Test debut against Australia in Delhi in 2013, was India’s best batsman in the 2013-15 overseas cycle. While he missed out on scoring his debut ton in Durban in early 2014, Rahane went on to register three-figure scores in Wellington, Lord’s, and Melbourne in the same year to impinge himself as India’s best batsman in overseas conditions.
Rahane, however, went through a consistent decline in his fortunes during the extended home season in 2016-17. The Indian vice-captain averages just 39.28 in the 27 Tests that he has played at home, as compared to his average of 45.16 [2710 runs with seven hundreds in 38 Tests] in obscure conditions.