Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Sky is the limit for Virat Kohli: Ravi Shastri

Sky is the limit for Virat Kohli: Ravi Shastri

The Uttar Pradesh cricketer brought India tantalisingly close to victory with dream figures of 11-8-8-4 in Sri Lanka's second innings. We saw the Sri Lankans bowl. "It's very clear that we're preparing for the next two years that we're going to travel abroad and play a lot of cricket overseas, and we are going to find wickets like this, and it is going to be challenging for all of us, so we wanted to prepare in that way", Rahul said.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara, who fell to Lakmal in the morning session, joined an elite list to have batted on all five days of a Test.

Only 32.5 overs were possible on the first two days before the weather cleared for the final three.

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene took to Twitter to laud Dickwella's antics had words of praise for the Indian skipper as well and a certain Virat Kohli even replied to it.

"Lakmal is unbelievable, especially over the last one or two years".

The first Test at Kolkata's Eden Gardens also had a tinge of green on it, something that was exploited well, first by Sri Lanka pacers Suranga Lakmal - who reduced India to 17/3 on Day 1 despite rain washing away most of the day - and later by India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, who nearly won the game for India, leaving Sri Lanka reeling at 75/7 in their second innings.

"The BCCI would like to inform that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan have been released from India's Test team", The Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a release.

After a sensational century from India captain Virat Kohli, pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar speared through Sri Lanka's batting line-up with a four-wicket haul.

While Bhuvneshwar has pulled out for the remainder of the Test series, Dhawan will be available for selection for the third Test, which starts from December 2 in Delhi.

According to reports in the Indian media, Kumar has taken a break to get married to his fiancee, Nupur Nagar, later this month.

Uncapped seam bowling all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been added to the 14-man squad.

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