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1st Test-SL v IND | 26-Jul-2017 10 PM IST | Galle

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India look to set the tone as overseas challenges begin

Transition is a word that is thrown around quite frequently in cricket. A top player retires, a new coach appears, a new captain is appointed, a slew of players have been dropped after a sub-par series - everything snowballs into a period of transition for a team. It has become an inevitable part of any team's growth.

That is precisely why India would look at the current phase they are in with great conviction. Anil Kumble has been replaced - under some questionable circumstances - and Ravi Shastri, who Kumble had taken over from, is back at the helm. Despite this, the team looks far from going through a transition.

Virat Kohli and his side have been in ground breaking form. They have vanquished top oppositions with relative ease, even if it was in the comforts of home, and have shown that they are more than ready for challenges abroad. And the confidence doesn't come from just the incredible run of form they had over the last year - winning 12 off the 17 Tests they played, and losing just once. Form and momentum matter, yes, but the shape of India's victories mattered more.

The openers, despite constantly being pegged back by injuries, have been good. Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have been massive rocks in the middle order. Wriddhiman Saha and Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been more than capable with the bat, while the latter have been devastating with ball in hand. To add to that, India's fast bowling unit has shown itself to be a lethal unit. Umesh Yadav's graph has taken a massive upward swing that has left many, apart from opposition batters, wanting more, while Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bring in different dimensions to help India be a threat in any condition. Their fielding has been the best it has ever been, and the catching has mostly lived up to expectations. India appear as well-rounded a unit as any, with match winners in almost every department.

If Ashwin has an off day, Jadeja steps up. If Shami fails to impress, Umesh comes to the party. If Kohli fails, Pujara stays. If Rahane flops, Saha props. If the batting comes undone, bowlers do the repair job. And for all of the above the reverse holds true, too. The side is able to maintain a level of stability to it, and the core group has only been beefing up, adding more numbers and variety to itself.

It was a point Ashwin impressed upon too. "I said some of the individuals have put their hand up and done exceedingly well for the team to get here. So as you all know with some excellent and exceedingly good performances from the individuals, it becomes imperative that it becomes constant of the side. I think it's been an effect of that. You can't say constancy is one of those factors but these individuals standing up on a day today basis has made things easier for the team and made that constancy to get us here. And going forward we have to try and replicate and see if we can get those results abroad," he said in Galle.

Meanwhile, if any one of the factors mentioned at the top could lead to a side going through transition, Sri Lanka have been heaped with them all at the moment. They are yet to reel themselves into a stable state following the retirements of their stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. They only recently lost coach Graham Ford and replaced him with fielding coach Nic Pothas on a temporary basis. On top of that, they got in two new coaches in Chaminda Vaas and Hashan Tillakaratne to help with the bowlers and batsmen respectively. Angelo Mathews has stepped down as captain and Dinesh Chandimal has been handed the reigns, and to make it worse even he's not available for the first Test. If there was ever a team in transition, Sri Lanka right now, is.

But despite the increasing slide, Sri Lanka's way out of this could only be up. In Chandimal, they have a young captain who can help his side set sights on a better future. The learning curve for the side will start from the series against India. It would be a case of tossing Chandimal and co. straight into the fire against the top-ranked Test team in the world, but it would allow the side ample opportunity to show that they are not to be written off that easily.

In Rangana Herath they have a willing warrior who can turn matches on his head, much like he did in Galle in 2015. In Mathews they have an agent of change, who's been through troughs and time and again helped his side rise. In Chandimal, they have their future invested.

A statement of intent against India could go a long way in setting up how Sri Lanka cricket evolves in the next few years. Otherwise, they could be stuck in a state of torpor, using the word 'transition' as an escape route.

 

Teams:

India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami

 

Sri Lanka (From): Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Rangana Herath(c), Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara

 

 

Team News : Candimal and Rahul will not feature in the starting 11 for the first test.

 

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One out of Pandya or Kuldeep will play.

 

BOth cant play as whatever being said, Ashwin and Jadeja deserve to play ahead of anyone else in Tests.

 

These 3 tests will decide who out of Ashwin/Jadeja will be our lone spinner in SA.

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2 minutes ago, Oldhere said:

One out of Pandya or Kuldeep will play.

 

BOth cant play as whatever being said, Ashwin and Jadeja deserve to play ahead of anyone else in Tests.

 

These 3 tests will decide who out of Ashwin/Jadeja will be our lone spinner in SA.

A wrist spinner like Kuldeep will be more effective in SA IMO. But yes, realistically it will be one of Ashwin or Jaddu.

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49 minutes ago, Oldhere said:

One out of Pandya or Kuldeep will play.

 

BOth cant play as whatever being said, Ashwin and Jadeja deserve to play ahead of anyone else in Tests.

 

These 3 tests will decide who out of Ashwin/Jadeja will be our lone spinner in SA.

What is there to decide....one thing is evident jadeja is not a wkt taking spinner overseas

Do we want to carry a defensive spinners overseas or not as simple is that 

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Pitch and conditions

There was a light covering of grass on the pitch on the eve of the match, but rarely does a Galle surface fail to turn at the back end of a Test. For now, the teams expect the track to be good for batting on the first two days. Afternoon showers are always a threat in the region at this time of year.

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India (possible) 1 Abhinav Mukund, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma/Hardik Pandya, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami

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Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Asela Gunaratne, 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Rangana Herath (capt), 10 Lahiru Kumara, 11 Nuwan Pradeep

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Stats and trivia

  • This will be R Ashwin's 50th Test match, and his fourth in Sri Lanka.

  • Rangana Herath will be leading Sri Lanka for fifth time. He has three wins and a loss on his record - all previous matches having been against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh.

  • There has not been a drawn Test in Sri Lanka for three years. Each of the 16 most-recent matches have yielded results.

 

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2 hours ago, RAZPOR said:

Exciting ,can we beat mighty conquerors of Zimbabwe??:giggle:.Going to be close :nervous:

:p::p::p::p:

 

As if there is a doubt who is going to be the obvious winner ???? 

 

I don't think any match is going to be even close unless India decide to rest key players and many have a off days....

 

It is one way Traffic all the way ! :cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer: 

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5 minutes ago, lanka-girln said:

:p::p::p::p:

 

As if there is a doubt who is going to be the obvious winner ???? 

 

I don't think any match is going to be even close unless India decide to rest key players and many have a off days....

 

It is one way Traffic all the way ! :cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer: 

Nah. We will lose 1 for sure if not all.

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5 hours ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

What is there to decide....one thing is evident jadeja is not a wkt taking spinner overseas

Do we want to carry a defensive spinners overseas or not as simple is that 

Last time jadeja was better in SA than Ashwin.

 

He is defensive but sometimes you need such bowlers for attacking fast bowlers which right now we have.

 

Also, Kuldeep right now isnt ready as main spinner but yes he should be taken care from nowonwards and he needs to be our trump card

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Oldhere said:

Last time jadeja was better in SA than Ashwin.

 

He is defensive but sometimes you need such bowlers for attacking fast bowlers which right now we have.

 

Also, Kuldeep right now isnt ready as main spinner but yes he should be taken care from nowonwards and he needs to be our trump card

 

 

Yea he took a 6fer in durban but he looked ineffective most times after wards, one time cant be the criteria and ashwin himself was so poor that shudnt be the parameter

No if u need to win u need attacking spinners overseas specially day 4 n 5 

 

India did well overseas when kumble was at his peek 

 

We had these defensive spinners last time to and we all knw the result

About our fast bowler , they are good but no steyn, mcgrath, wasim 

 

PLzz care to explain how is kuldeep not ready , he has performed in every given opportunity . What exactly has ashwin jadeja done overseas when ball doesnt turn to show they are ready to win u games or atleast have huge impact after years

 

Kuldeep is wrist spinner with many varieties, and batsman are struggling to pick him . This is the best time to pick him rather waiting for oppositions to figure him out 

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1 hour ago, lanka-girln said:

:p::p::p::p:

 

As if there is a doubt who is going to be the obvious winner ???? 

 

I don't think any match is going to be even close unless India decide to rest key players and many have a off days....

 

It is one way Traffic all the way ! :cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer: 

New India will surprise you with their spin playing skills ,ask the aussies.:giggle:  plus no rahul and vijay:phehe:

 

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@RAZPOR I don't think so.. India very easily came up with good strategy against Herath in the  2nd and 3rd Test last time. So they will continue to do the same... and come out of the crease and hammer him.. After Herath is taken care of no resistance from SL at all.....

 

Also SL batsmen will never cross 350 in a match ..........They will usually get around 250 not more than that .....

 

So for New India of Koholit this will be a great series to practice and improve their skill and take maximum advantage of SL team.... 

 

I don't think any of our spinners will bother the New Indian Team at all...................

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I am wondering if Pujara will open with Dhawan?  If we go 30-3, we're screwed, but we have 6 genuine bowlers!

Pujara

Dhawan

Kohli

Rahane

Saha

Pandya

Ashwin

Jadeja

K. Yadav

Shami

U. Yadav

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21 minutes ago, lanka-girln said:

@RAZPOR I don't think so.. India very easily came up with good strategy against Herath in the  2nd and 3rd Test last time. So they will continue to do the same... and come out of the crease and hammer him.. After Herath is taken care of no resistance from SL at all.....

 

Also SL batsmen will never cross 350 in a match ..........They will usually get around 250 not more than that .....

 

So for New India of Koholit this will be a great series to practice and improve their skill and take maximum advantage of SL team.... 

 

I don't think any of our spinners will bother the New Indian Team at all...................

Why is Sandakan not being played? Also is this Pushpakamara lad as good as Herath?

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5 minutes ago, Brainfade said:

I am wondering if Pujara will open with Dhawan?  If we go 30-3, we're screwed, but we have 6 genuine bowlers!

Pujara

Dhawan

Kohli

Rahane

Saha

Pandya

Ashwin

Jadeja

K. Yadav

Shami

U. Yadav

no the great Mukund will open the batting and show us his legendary sixes like he hit against starc:giggle:

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On Sri Lankan side , the batsmen to look out for is Kusal Mendis, Dananjaya de silva (if in the final 11), asela and mathews. Also Dickwella could provide some fire power.

Openers are sitting ducks (tharanga and dimuth). Have no faith in them..

 

Malinda Pushpakumara should play eventhough him and Rangana are similar type of bowlers. All the Lankans are looking forward to see him play.  3 spinners and one pacer in Lahiru Kumara will be a good combo in galle.

 

I would say SL will win at least 1 test.. 

Although hoping for a clean sweep though like against Ausies which started exactly a year ago on this day..  

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