De Silva helps Sri Lanka force draw, India win series


De Silva helps Sri Lanka force draw, India win series

The third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka that was played in Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi was marred by severe pollution.

Top-ranked India won the series 1-0 to equal Australia's record of nine successive Test series victories, between 2005-2008.

610- Runs scored by Virat Kohli in this Test series, the most by an Indian in a three-match Test series and the fourth-highest overall.

Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has dropped one place to be positioned at No.3 in the ICC Test bowlers' rankings, which is led by England's James Anderson and followed by South African Kagiso Rabada.

During the game, players endured air pollution that forced some to wear face masks during play and made several players vomit.

It was a tough time for us as a team as we are not used to this kind of conditions. "The thing is, in Sri Lanka we are not used that, so that's why we struggled (on) the first two days", said Sri Lankan captain.

Hopefully this will be a lesson to all concerned particularly the ICC and the umpires who failed to notice the more serious aspects of the game while letting it continue which tantamount to gross neglect on their part. We picked him after the West Indies A team tour as he had played some good inningsthere.

"Today is a fantastic day". Thus, a reported from Sri Lanka reminds Sanga of the record and mentions he still holds the record.

"We are having a chat about it (slip catchers), we will assign few players, will have players standing at the slips", the Saurashtra batsman told reporters at the post-match press conference here.

Earlier this week, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary had also addressed the situation and said that the cricketing body will remain careful about pollution levels before allotting an worldwide game in Delhi.

The IOC has acknowledged the health risks of pollution after smog marred India's Test series win against Sri Lanka. At stumps, Silva was unbeaten on 74 while Niroshan Dickwella was 44 not out.

But De Silva thwarted a persistent Indian attack with his third Test hundred. "Any batsman will go through a phase where he might not score too many runs, and Ajinkya is going through the same thing".

"Always when you're not able to finish the game off in the second innings, especially when you had them three down yesterday, feels a bit of (a) disappointment, but I wouldn't say it's a very bad feeling", he said. They really stuck it out. They have been performing really well at home and there is no reason to believe they won't repeat the show in South Africa... He is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, the only man to register 100 worldwide centuries.