Sri Lanka dream of first-ever Test victory on Indian soil


For us, if we want to be the number one team, every series is important and we want to win each and every match and each and every series.

In 2007, in a Test match at Ahemdabad, Lanka side had come close to winning a match against India, where they took a first innings lead of 300 runs.

“For us each and every match and series is important before going to South Africa. For us, each and every series, each and every match matters before going to South Africa. I want to do that five-six times at the nets and if Im comfortable and confident I will play that shot in the game, ” said Rahane. India also whitewashed Sri Lanka in the following ODI and T20 series but Rahane insisted that they are not taking the visitors lightly. I dont think we will have any problem. Then comes South Africa. We are just focusing on this series right now.

“Its important to improve your game everyday and evolve when you are practising at the nets. I am just practicing reverse sweeps, paddle sweeps as options.

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About focus on the upcoming tour of South Africa: South Africa will be completely different. For me its important to give 100 per cent at the nets.

Sri Lanka have two batsmen in Dimuth Karunaratne (17th) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (20th) inside the top-20, while batsmen aiming for upward movement are Angelo Mathews (24th), Niroshan Dickwella (40th), Dilruwan Perera (78th) and Lahiru Thirimanne (113th). We dont want to take them lightly.

About getting out on 40's in Ranji Trophy: I'm not too concerned about that. I got four 50s in a row in ODIs. This will be a tough series and the characters of our boys will be tested", Muralitharan said in an interview with Cricbuzz."When I played against India, they had the world's best batting line-up.

Asked how he likes to manage his own workload, Rahane said: "It is important to manage yourself as a professional athlete". We focus on training sessions and recovery sessions. So I just wanted to play as many balls as possible. Still two days to go and I am not too sure of the wicket.