Both teams have their own headaches, the only difference being that India's dilemmas are enviable, and the Lankans' confounding, with no real solutions besides returning to the basics. The burden of captaincy seems to have impacted Herath's performance in the first Test. He is a really good batsman. After that knock we won that game. When you have big squad there are a lot of possibilities. And KL Rahul's opus in the past year or two in Test cricket can not be neglected as he has established himself as India's first choice opener.
Jadeja returned three for 71 and collected six wickets in the match while Ashwin had the best innings figures of three for 65. The skipper said his side is prepared to tackle the high-quality Indian spinners.
"The Sri Lanka tour to India has been brought forward from February next year because we are hosting the tri-nation Independence Cup during that period", Ashley de Silva, Sri Lanka Cricket CEO, told a website. "KL (Rahul) has been an established opener for us".
"We've been doing the tough work; preparing for turning pitches, and playing reverse sweeps and sweeps". He has scored 4603 runs so far at an average of 50.03. It is always nice to understand what are the things we lack in and build some momentum as the series progresses. In the last match, both the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund batted well, but, in the next match, Virat Kohli has revealed that KL Rahul, who didn't play the first Test due to illness, will definitely comeback into the playing XI.
"I am much better".
Keeping the same in mind, Chandimal has been allowed to use an inhaler to ease breathing while recovering from pneumonia.
Sri Lanka may play three spinners in this match, with Chandimal issuing strong hints that Malinda Pushpakumara may make an global debut.
Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, who made his Test debut in Galle, is likely to give up his place to Chandimal, while Kusal Mendis is expected to return to his number three batting position.
Rangana Herath is a genuine match-winner, but he is nearly 40, and the likes of Muralitharan, Vaas, and more recently Sangakkara and Jayawardene are in a different league to some of the youngsters in the mix. He is a match-winner in the last 7-8 years. They are much more experienced now. "That's what we want to do".
When asked about how to pick the opening pair when all three available players look in bright form, Kohli said that the selection depends on which player can have more of an impact on the game.
Addressing media persons, on the eve of the second Test, Kohli said, "KL Rahul will come back into the team". Thirimanne is a player with lots of experience. His having come into the team is a big boost to our batting department.
However, Kohli's away Test successes have been limited to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and the majority of his wins have been on home soil. Credit goes to them. That excites us as a team.
"The boys are looking in great shape, and we're really excited about it".