Virat Kohli-led Indian team will return to India on Saturday (December 2) with the intention of creating history by winning consecutive ninth series in the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the
Virat Kohli-led Indian team will return to India on Saturday (December 2) with the
intention of creating history by winning consecutive ninth series in the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here. With the victory of innings and 239 runs in the second Test in Nagpur, the 1-0 series lead
the current indian cricket team has won the last eight series under Kohli’s leadership and if the team starts on Saturday (December 2) If
indi draws the third test, then india will equal the record of Australia and England to win nine consecutive Test series.
in the previous series 2014-15 against Australia in the same conditions. Team India then suffered a 2-0 defeat in the
four-match series. Since then, India played nine series and won eight consecutive series and stood on the threshold of creating
history. Team India
won five each in the country, two in Sri Lanka and one series in the West Indies.
The world’s number one team, India’s
indigenousness can be judged from the fact that since losing a four-match series 2-1 against England in 2012-13, india has won
seven consecutive series in his host. Team India won 19 of the 23 matches during this time, while the only match they lost
against Australia. It will be the last test match for India before touring South Africa, and in such a situation as desired by
the management of the team, in Kotla, there can also be matches on the sloping pitch like the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the
VCA Stadium of Nagpur. Fast bowlers wreaked havoc on Eden Gardens, while spinners in Nagpur were more effective.
also be a question in front of the team management that in this match, with five bowlers like Kolkata, or with the four bowlers
like Nagpur, it should be fed to the extra batsman. If India decides to go with five bowlers, then vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane
may have to be forced out. He has not reached double digit even once in three innings of the current series. Rohit Sharma, on
the other hand, returned to the team after more than a year, had scored a century in Nagpur which would not be an easy decision
to make him out.
India is invincible on Kotla for 30 years. Team India has won 10 out of the
last 11 games and one match is equal. On this ground, India has played a total of 33 Tests and among them it won 13 and lost in
six while 14 games left. India lost the last match here in November 1987 against the West Indies by five wickets. Sri Lanka have played just one match on this field, and in India it suffered a defeat by 188 runs in December 2005.
In the first innings of Kolkata, the Indian batsmen have performed effectively till now except for the conditions of fast bowling conditions. Kohli has scored 317 runs in two innings with the help of two centuries, including a double century in three innings, and once again everyone’s eyes will rest on him. If Kohli makes 25 runs, then he will be the 11th Indian batsman to complete 5000 runs in Test cricket. He has so far scored 4975 runs in 62 matches at an average of 51.82.
For personal reasons, one out of Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul, who has been out in the last match, may have to stay out of the playing XI because Murali Vijay has made a century in Nagpur and has strengthened his claim as an open batsman. Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who are in the middle with Kohli in the middle order, can play. If Rahane gets the chance then she would like to repeat her last
performance on Kotla. He scored hundreds in both innings of the last match against South Africa in December 2015 on this
ground. Rahane can also achieve the achievement of 3000 Test runs for which he needs 185 runs.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin
and Ravindra Jadeja, who played a key role in India’s victory in Nagpur, can once again be seen on the field. Fast bowlers
Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will be the contenders. Although India decides to go down with five bowlers,
all-rounder Vijay Shankar or Chinan spinner Kuldeep Yadav can also get a chance.
Kohli will have the opportunity to equalize
Sourav Ganguly as India’s second most successful captain, with the win in this match. India, led by Ganguly, won 21 of the 49
matches, while Kohli, led by Kohli, has so far won 20 out of 31 matches. Only two of Dhoni’s (27 wins in 60 matches) are
recorded in the form of captaincy.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka have to struggle in both batting and bowling departments.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal (166 runs in two
matches), none of the team batsmen have crossed the 100-run mark in the series. Opener Dimmooth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne,
Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath have scored one half-century but their performance is lacking in consistency. Wicketkeeper
Nirojana Dikewala and opener Sandira Samarikkram have also failed to perform as expected. The team does not have more options
in batting, and if the team management decides to exclude a batsman, then all-rounder Dhananjay D’sihilaw can get the chance.
Apart from fast bowling bowler Suranga Lakmal in the bowling, other bowlers of the team have disappointed. Lakmal took 4
wickets for 26 runs in the first innings on the favorable Eden Gardens pitch, but in the remaining two innings, he failed to
repeat the performance. The team will also lack the left-handed experienced spinner Herath, who has been out of the series due
to injury. Fast bowler Lahiru Hoge has been disappointed and in such a way World Fernando can get a chance to play his first
match on tour. In place of Dasun Shanaka, Herath, Jeffrey Wandersay, Dilruwan Perera and Syndicate Sandakan are other bowling
The teams are: India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja,
Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, Riddhiman Saha, Lokesh Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma,
Murali Vijay and Umesh Yadav from
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Sandhir Samarikkram, Angelo Mathews,
Lahiru Thirimane, Niroshon Dikewela, Lahiri Badge, Jeffrey Wandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjay Dishilva, World
Fernando, Dilruwan Perera, Syndicate Sandakan and Roshan Silva .]]>