India being the favourites against the islanders, in all probability, Kohli should surpass Ganguly during the three-Test rubber. Despite such a good side, India failed to win a series in Sri Lanka for some 22 years. "Our chances of winning a Test match in India, I would say, are slim". The function is set to be attended by members of both Indian and Sri Lankan team members. "Everyone knows how to adapt and adjust to all the formats, so I don't think there will be any problem". I always think that if I improve on one shot at the nets, I will be better off in the game. All are professionals. We had a good practice session yesterday (Monday). "Winning the first Test match is very important.it gives you the momentum in the series".
While Rahane was in prolific form during the ODI series against Australia, notching up four half-centuries in a row, he picked up low scores in the two Ranji Trophy matches he played before joining the Indian Test squad.
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Sri Lanka have two batsmen in Dimuth Karunaratne (17th) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (20th) inside the top-20, while batsmen aiming for upward movements are Angelo Mathews (24th), Niroshan Dickwella (40th), Dilruwan Perera (78th) and Lahiru Thirimanne (113th). We are just focusing on this series right now.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, 39, is Sri Lanka's highest-ranked bowler in fifth place. For us, each and every series, each and every match matters before going to South Africa. So we won't be taking them lightly.
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"I am not too concerned about that", he emphasised. Yes I got out on 49 and 45 in the Ranji Trophy but for me, it was important to play as many balls as possible and practice for the Test runs.
Coach Nic Pothas, who took over after Graham Ford left in June, said the India debacle had taught his team vital lessons. "I am not too anxious about the scores".
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