Rain threatens to hold up 1st test as India faces Sri Lanka

Rain threatens to hold up 1st test as India faces Sri Lanka

It not like if we lose the series and you guys are going to say nothing to us. He will bat at number four.

Team India is now on a run of eight consecutive Test series wins, all of which have come under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Incidentally his last hundred came against India - a knock of 102 in Colombo in August.

Kohli didn't really answer the question of whom he would leave out, but one possible interpretation of his response was that he wanted Dhawan's counter-attacking skills at the top of the order, and that it was now Vijay's turn to miss out. He was unbelievable in 2013-14.

All-rounder Mathews, who is returning from a calf injury that made him miss the Pakistan Tests, will be employed exclusively as a batsman.

"We consider him more as a white-ball bowler and will look to bowl him in the ODIs only".

He has not bowled in a Test match for a while.

The Eden Gardens has a green top on offer and Chandimal hoped their batsmen and bowlers would make best use of it. "We need to start well in this series", he declared. We are confident to play on the grassy conditions and bouncy pitches. We know they are a good side.

He continued: "We have done all that we could have done to prepare for this challenge".

India are now no longer a side with the same group of players in all the three formats. They have done a lot of hardwork, on and off the field. There will be constant changes in the final XI in each and every Test according to the conditions as Indian captain and team management are known for not playing with the same eleven players in consecutive matches.

Sri Lanka's record in this calendar year in worldwide cricket certainly substantiates that they have to be competitive if they want to remain as an global Test team.

Dhawan remained out of the squad when India played a one-off Test against Bangladesh in early 2017, and for the duration of the four-Test series against Australia.

India swept Sri Lanka across all formats in a full series in the island nation.

"Even for Sri Lanka this is a very important series and they are preparing really well". We are just focusing on this series right now and the first game in Kolkata. "We are more confident after winning against Pakistan". The last time India made that sort of world tour, from December 2013 to January 2015, Vijay was among their most impressive performers, facing more balls than any other Indian batsman, and ending up as one of only three to average above 40. Here we saw the pitch yesterday, it looked green and hard. If an opportunity comes in the game, I'm 100 per cent confident of playing a particular shot. As a team we have a good gameplan, we have something up our sleeves.