In the game of cricket, scoring runs can indeed be quite a task for batsmen who bat at positions below No. 6 in the longest format of the game. As the game advances, the pitch tends to wear out, making it more challenging to bat. As a result, the batters who come out to bat at lower positions face an uphill task.
As the pitch goes through wear and tear, it starts to develop cracks and the batters will have tough times dealing with the uneven bounce. Despite all such challenges, some batters did unleash their complete potential. In this article, let’s look at the five Indians with the highest Test batting average at No.6 or below (Minimum 2000 Runs).
1. VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of Test cricket. India’s batting great who mustered 8781 runs in Test cricket comes first on the list as he has the highest Test batting average of 51.80 at No.6 or below. Laxman has played many match-winning knocks for India in Tests.
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2. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja established himself as a bowling all-rounder in the initial stages of his career. However, as the years progressed, he improved quite a lot in his shot selection and his temperament to play according to the situation. He has the second-best Test batting average of 38.51 for India in Tests batting at No.6 or below.
3. MS Dhoni
Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has been pretty much successful in ODIs and T20Is for the country but failed to bring the best out of himself in the purest format of the game. MS Dhoni who scored 4876 runs in Tests has the third-best Test batting average of 37.73 for India in Tests batting at No.6 or below.
4. Ravi Shastri
Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri comes next on the list with the fourth-best Test batting average of 36.19 for Team India batting at No.6 or below (Minimum 2000 runs).
5. Kapil Dev
Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev comes next on the list as he maintained a batting average of 31.19 for Team India batting at No.6 or below (Minimum 2000 runs).
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Updated as of July 26, 2023*