MUMBAI, Dec. 6 -- India's performances in 2018 were to define the batch of Virat Kohli. With the experience of having played as a group for a few seasons, they were expected to pass the ultimate test of dominating in Tests outside Asia. However, after eight Tests across South Africa and England, they have little to show in terms of results. This despite Kohli having the luxury of a strong pace attack under his command. It is the batting department, on which India always banks on to compete against the best, which has let him down.

In South Africa, India's highest total was 307; in England it was 352 (they crossed 300 thrice in 10 innings). Individually there have been some fine performances, but collectively Indian batsmen have failed to p...