Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Virat Kohli's India want to be challenged by Sri Lankan cricket stars

Virat Kohli's India want to be challenged by Sri Lankan cricket stars

It will be indispensable for the whole team to come up with a plan and win crucial moments of the game to put India under pressure as India have not lost a Test series under the leadership of Virat Kohli yet. We have to maintain a balance of how to engage fans and keep players fresh at the same time and keep cricket exciting and keep it competitive through out the year.

Former national cricket team captain Mohammad Azharuddin on Tuesday said India's real test will be during the away series against South Africa which starts on January 5.

Sri Lanka bounced back from the bitter memories back home to surprise Pakistan 2-0 in Tests in UAE.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is Sri Lanka's highest- ranked bowler in fifth place. For us, there's no room for saying that I don't want to play this game, or you can not say I don't feel like batting while standing on the crease.

"We want to build our games in such a way that we want to look forward to playing anywhere in the world". "That point will be discussed in future definitely", Kohli dropped enough hints as to what he felt on the issue during the pre-match conference. "He has all the experience, and at the top of the order, and we will get maximum out of it". "We know the conditions here".

Then, like now, the stretch of away tours began in South Africa, where Vijay first unveiled the Test-match approach he is now largely identified with, defined by a willingness to leave balls outside off stump and wear out the new-ball bowlers. We are coming tomorrow here to play the game without thinking about the weather. Right now we are focusing on this series. If you want to be the top side in the world for a longer period of time you have to win everywhere. "We respect Sri Lanka and we just want to play our game, focus on our strengths rather than thinking about their combination or their strategies", he said.

While Sri Lanka are not the best global opponent at the moment but Kohli made it clear that there is no dearth of respect for the rivals. Every series is very important.

"He gives us confidence as a batting unit", Chandimal said. Winning is the most important thing. "We learnt how Indian team does well and the areas we needed to improve", he said. "It happened with KL initially, it happened with Shikhar in between, and now that Shikhar and KL have been playing well, it is very hard to pick two out of three when all three are so good and have done so well". "That situation has always been (like this for a while)", Kohli told reporters on Wednesday. Two of his hundreds, in Rajkot and Mumbai, and an expertly paced 82 in Ranchi - which would have gained more attention had he not been stumped in the last over before lunch on day three - set up India's responses to 450-plus English and Australian totals.

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