India Playing XI For India Vs Sri Lanka First Test
Question in detailIndia Vs Sri Lanka 1st Test, match preview: Even though India is hot favorite against Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series commencing from Nov 16 in Kolkata, the history of Test cricket has been full of unexpected results seldom favoring the overlooked opponents like Lankans at present are. This, however, has not been the case since 2015 in any bilateral series across formats. The two sides have met twice in the interim and both times in the island. Lanka desperately fell by the wayside on both occasions managing just one win in 6 matches.
The most recent series-defeat that came 0-3 across all formats, starting from Tests and ending with T20s with three ODIs in between, must have disturbed Lanka's aplomb and morale against India. The mighty hosts are coming off a dominant home season followed by a complete clean sweep over Sri Lanka this year in their own den. Eight consecutive series wins bear witness India's Test dominance. Now on a nine-series winning streak, India can achieve the feat with utmost ease given Lanka's terrible Test record in India. So, the hosts are all the way capable of starting the series with a win.
One good thing that Lanka would be happy about before facing rampaging India is their recent 2-0 win against Pakistan in the two-match Test series. But, what's worth keeping in mind is India is a different opposition. There is no denying the fact that Lanka is underdog in India Vs Sri Lanka 1st Test. India know this well, but won't be mistaken taking the visitors lightly.
Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul are back to brace the Indian Test squad. This batting line-up seems to be unstoppable for Lankan bowlers, particularly in familiar home conditions. Moreover, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead India's pace attack. R Ashwin and R Jadeja will be hungry for wickets as they are playing a match after 4 months. The choice of openers will be an issue to be addressed by India. India faces the dilemma of who will open the innings along with Murali Vijay, who has been India's most reliable and consistent batsman both at home and away from home.
India's playing XI for India Vs Sri Lanka first Test could be as Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.
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