Sri Lanka dream of first-ever Test victory on Indian soil

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

Kohli already has the best win percentage (65.51%) among Indian Test captains who have led in 10 or more matches.

"We learnt how Indian team does well and the areas we needed to improve", he said.

India are now hosting Sri Lanka, who were beaten across all formats in their own den earlier this year. "We were very close, but that's how things happen in Test cricket", Muralitharan went onto add. "Everyone knows how to adapt and adjust to all the formats, so I don't think there will be any problem". I don't think there will be any trouble. All are professionals. We had a good practice session yesterday (Monday). Rahane, on Tuesday, felt the first Test could set the tone for the series. In July-August this year, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0.

Sri Lanka have two batsmen in Dimuth Karunaratne (17th) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (20th) inside the top-20, while batsmen aiming for upward movement are Angelo Mathews (24th), Niroshan Dickwella (40th), Dilruwan Perera (78th) and Lahiru Thirimanne (113th). "The opening Test of the series is always important". So I just wanted to play as many balls as possible.

A five-member Lankan team comprising head coach Nic Pothas, batting coach Thilan Samaraweera and bowling consultant Rumesh Ratnayake and team manager Asanka Gurusinghe were seen on the sidelines of India's practice session in the afternoon. So, if an opportunity comes during the game, I am 100 percent sure of playing that one particular shot. For us, each and every series, each and every match matters before going to South Africa. "Given the conditions, the series in South Africa will be totally different". This is an important series for Sri Lanka as well and they have been preparing really well. The mistake you can make here is come and be infatuated with the Indian side and concentrating too much on them. I got four 50s in a row in ODIs.

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