Mathews set to play as batsman in India Tests

'New Don in town': Virat Kohli is ahead of Bradman in Test cricket, know how

"The opening Test of the series is always important". Sri Lanka will be India 's last home challenge before heading off on tough tours to South Africa and England next year.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Rangana Herath, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Roshen Silva.

"It definitely has to be taken into consideration because you don't want fans going away from the game from watching the game. That point will be discussed in future definitely".

"This needs analysis. It has to be done over a period of time by asking the fans who watch the game". "We want to play in different conditions and perform well".

"We are looking forward to his experience".

Kohli made it clear that as cricketers they can only play an opposition that faces them but fans do have a choice to watch what they want to. He'll have done it in much fewer games, too, as Ganguly's overall record was 21 wins in 49 games. Then comes South Africa. South Africa will be completely different.

While that was the first time he had surged to number- one in the all-rounders' list, he was the top-ranked bowler until Anderson leapfrogged him on September 9 following the Lord's Test against the Windies.

Sri Lanka's bowling did not look good against a lowly Board President's side shorn of quality domestic players due to the ongoing Ranji Trophy. They have lost more matches than any other team in a single calendar year in global cricket so far in 2017. "We need to start well in this series", he declared. "We certainly believe a lot in ourselves as a team".

"We are more than capable of playing in this kind of conditions". If you want to be the top side in the world for a longer period of time you have to win everywhere.

"We want to play every match with the same intensity", Kohli said.

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

"He gives us confidence as a batting unit", Chandimal said. "We are more confident after winning against Pakistan". For that everyone is on the same page whether we play in India or overseas, regardless of the opposition. "We learnt how Indian team does well and the areas we needed to improve", he said. It happened with K. L. (Rahul) initially, it happened with Shikhar in between. 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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