Virat Kohli and his men won the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi by an innings and 202 runs to complete a home whitewash and consolidate their lead in the ICC World Test Championship race.
Team India’s ruthless annihilation of South Africa was marked by supreme batting, fielding and bowling performances. The pace bowlers, especially, excelled. Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav were sheer brute force while Ishant Sharma was consistency personified. And all this in the absence of the injured Jasprit Bumrah, arguably the world's leading fast bowler.
So complete was India's supremacy that it got us wondering whether India's 'B' team, too, would have managed to best South Africa?
India's formidable bench strength is reflected by the players who didn’t make the squad to face South Africa.
Let’s have a look at one such hypothetical starting XI: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar.12th man: Murali Vijay, Washington Sundar
Do you think this team would have beaten South Africa too? Have your say in the matter or create your own playing XI in the comments section below.