India, the No 1 ranked Test side, started their campaign on a winning note against Sri Lanka at Galle by beating the hosts by a whopping margin of 304 runs.
Sri Lanka have not allowed any team to win more than two Tests at Colombo (SSC) till date. This team has done that. Chandimal said he expected the pitch to take turn from Day 2, and both teams will hope to make good of the batting conditions on the opening day.
"At the moment, India is the no. 1 team".
Talking about picking the playing XI, the Indian captain said agreed that there is a problem of plenty, specially for the opening slot. I don't think t this level coaching is not needed at this level its only about fine-tuning. The burden of captaincy seems to have impacted Herath's performance in the first Test. The 25-year-old scored six fifties in the four-match Test series against Australia earlier this year before undergoing a surgery on his shoulder. When you have a big squad there are a lot of possibilities. You can see it in the body language.
Asked if it was a challenge for him to helm the side after a break, Shastri said the team had responded as if he had never left. For me, it was like walking into the dressing room as I had left it. There's nothing that I have to change.
The upcoming T20 would be the first cricket match that will be played at the stadium which is fast gearing up for the big day.
Shastri refused to look too far ahead. I live in the present. Sri Lanka's attack was found wanting in Galle, where India mounted 840 at a run rate of 4.5, for the loss of only 13 wickets.
Having said that, India can afford to give the likes of Kuldeep Yadav a chance to play worldwide Test cricket, something that would undoubtedly benefit the chinaman bowler after his recent string of exemplary performances. You can also follow the match online at www.indiatvnews.com as we will have a Live Blog to bring you all the latest updates from the match. "That is positive and fearless", he added.
"Thirimanne is a player with lots of experience".
Being attached to the game without a break as the commentator has helped him keep a track of what is contemporary. "You know, eventually guys understand that only two can take the field and at most two or three openers make the squad". Currently Kohli has the best record as Test captain which is considered the most challenging form of the game.
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