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

Celebration Sanju Samson after scoring a century on Sunday. A Telegraph

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will have a chance to reclaim the top bowling and all-rounder spot on the ICC rankings when India face Sri Lanka in the three-Test series starting at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. Despite such a good side, India failed to win a series in Sri Lanka for some 22 years.

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).

However, following a poor showing at an ODI series against New Zealand in Sri Lanka, Mathews stood down from the post across formats, with many - including former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga - believing that Mathews had been made a scapegoat for what had been the collective failure of the team.

"Every test is a challenge, and we will take it match by match, as a team and as individuals. I feel we are focussed on this series right now. the first game in Kolkata", he said.

Rahane was seen playing a lot of sweep shots on Monday including the unorthodox reverse sweep against the spinners. I always think that if I improve on one shot at the nets, I will be better off in the game. If the opportunity comes in the game, I am 100 percent confident of playing a particular shot. For me it's important to give 100 per cent at the nets. Do that I think 5-6 maybe more than that. Everyone knows how to adapt to each format. "We know the conditions here". "We are all professionals so there won't be any problem", the 29-year-old said.

Samaraweera spoke to each of them individually and they later headed for a shadow practice session. First Test is important to get the momentum. He was seen tested by short-pitch stuff, an indication of what lies in store for the India team when they go for a two-month long tour to South Africa, which will comprise three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is. Even in the Ranji Trophy, was dismissed twice in the 40s recently.

About getting out on 40's in Ranji Trophy: I'm not too concerned about that. I am batting really well. I got four fifties in a row in the One Day Series (against Australia). For us each and every series, every match is important. "There will be bounce and it will be a sporting track", Ganguly told reporters after inspecting the pitch during India's training session. "So, recovery will be very crucial for us".

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