India Playing XI For Sri Lanka Vs India First Test
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Sri Lanka Vs India first Test, match preview: After a successful Caribbean tour, team India is now set to stem Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series starting from July 26. The opener of the series will be played at Galle, where both the teams have their own pros and cons. While the home side is having a reasonably wonderful Test record in Galle, India will eye to coat their dreadful record at the venue.
India has won only one of four Tests played between two sides in Galle. The only win that India clinched at the venue came nine years ago in 2008. Lanka has been incredibly dominant in Galle with three wins in four Tests, and surprisingly two of them in 2001 and 2010 were all the more comprehensive. Now, ahead of Sri Lanka Vs India first Test, the home side will be keen to retain their Test sovereignty in Galle. But, it appears to be a big deal for a relatively weak Lankan side.
This Indian team is certainly undergoing transition phase with a slew of experienced players being replaced for injury, and Ravi Shastri joining the squad as new head coach in place of Anil Kumble who quit the position under some questionable circumstances. Nonetheless, they look in a groundbreaking form having comprehensively won a long home season. Even if the resounding success came in the comfort of home, 12 wins in 17 Tests over a period of last two years or so fairly resonate that India is more than ready for challenges abroad.
India has good bench strength too with Abhinav Mukund and Rohit Sharma coming in as handy batting options at their respective top and middle-order slots. While the tracks in Galle is supposed to be a spin paradise, Kuldeep Yadav or Hardi Pandya stand good chances to play as the fifth bowler in the squad. However, what could be a barrier to India's success in Sri Lanka Vs India first Test is ailment to key openers like Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. India's playing XI for first Test against Lanka is likely to be as Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.
Will India coat their dreadful Test record in Galle vanquishing Sri Lanka in the first Test?