India-Pakistan Combined Test XI


2. Azhar Ali (Pakistan)

Azhar AliOne of the cog-wheels of Pakistan’s success in recent years, Azhar has been a reliable batsman for his side. He is technically sound, temperamentally strong, and can bat for long duration of hours with ease. Recently, he put all his special skills on exhibition in a herculean 469-ball 302 run knock in Dubai in what was a typical Azhar knock.

The 31-year-old is the face of tranquillity and consistency and with him in the mix, Pakistani batting will be in safe hands even after the departure of the experienced pair of Misbah and Younis.

In the last two years, Pakistan’s ODI skipper has accumulated 1,717 runs at 63.59. But he will have to prove himself outside Asia, where he has a mediocre record. Ali averages 31.44 outside sub-continent.