Virat Kohli Posts An Emotional Message For His Fans

Georgia Reed
August 20, 2017

However, even if Sri Lanka lose 5-0 to India, the Windies would still need to beat Ireland in a one-off ODI and claim a 5-0 series win over England to move ahead of the island nation - a highly unlikely prospect given England's recent limited-overs success. And the right-hander will look to justify his selection in the squad ahead of veteran southpaw Yuvraj Singh, a key member of India's 2007 World Twenty20 and 2011 World Cup-winning squads.

Thisara Perera will be making a comeback into the team, and his inclusion as an all rounder should bolster the resources Tharanga has to play with.

"I thought we did not play to our strengths during the Test series".

He brushed aside suggestions that Sri Lanka could gain due to the absence of pace bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who have been rested for the series, apart from spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. This leaves Chamara Kapugedara, a capable middle-order bat, with much responsibility for providing firepower at the end of the innings along with recalled all-rounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana. Someone like Manish, he's done well, grabbed his opportunities. It is not about which opposition we are playing. He's got a hundred in Australia.

India captain Virat Kohli continued to be the world's top-ranked One-day batsman in the latest ICC ODI rankings, released here today. There'll be a tussle over the number 6 spot between Kedar Jadhav and the returning Manish Pandey.

MS Dhoni enjoying his ice cream
MS Dhoni enjoying his ice cream

"All three guys [including Kedar Jadhav] will have to compete for two spots in the middle-order".

"It's a huge honour to be appointed vice-captain". So he's an impact player, we all know that. "So, we just need to continue that", Rohit, who leads Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said. "We understand their potential also Jinks understands that at this stage, he is the third opener in the team", said Kohli.

"We certainly back him because he has been shifted around a bit in the batting order, which is not healthy for a guy, who likes to open in the shorter format".

Throughout the entire series, the eyes will be on this 36-year-old former Indian captain whose presence in the team has become highly debatable. He revealed that picking three spinners was out of question as the pitch was "probably a three-fast bowler kind of a pitch". Given that Pandey has been in good touch recently, and Rahane is ever reliable as a solid batsman at 5, India's team combination will be an interesting one. "If you take the last series, our batting was good, but our fielding was a drawback and in the last game which we had to win our batting let us down", Tharanga explained.

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