India face selection 'dilemma' after massive Sri Lanka win

Monday, 31 Jul, 2017

"Since my childhood days when I dreamt of playing for India I had one goal and that is to take Indian cricket to greater heights", Ashwin said at the end of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Provided a mammoth task to chase 550 runs with well over a day and two sessions, Sri Lanak was skittled out for 245 runs with two of their batsmen - Asela Gunaratne and Rangana Herath - not turning up to bat due to injuries.

Sri Lanka did get useful contributions from Dimuth Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella. India had earlier declared their innings closed at 240 for three with skipper Virat Kohli (overnight 76 batting) duly getting his 17 Test hundred.

It wasn't going to be easy taking on R Ashwin and Jadeja, especially not when the ball was gripping and kicking off the surface.

Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli may be closing in on Sourav Ganguly's feat of 21 Test victories as skipper, but the former Indian captain believes that Kohli's abilities as a leader can only be assessed when India tours countries like England, South Africa, and Australia. He last played a big inning in that Test match only where he scored a total of 242-runs in both the innings including the double century in the first inning.

Chatesh Pujara also blasted 153 batting at three in the first innings while Kohli chipped in with an unbeaten 103 batting at four in the second.

At the start of day's play, India skipper Virat Kohli required just 24 runs to reach the three figure mark.

He would last just ten deliveries in the first innings before being bowled for just one run by pacer Matt Henry. But since his return to the team, India have played 15 Tests and Pujara has emerged as the team's highest run-getter. Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed a career best 190 while Cheteshwar Pujara too scored 154. But obviously you can not guarantee anything, ? he added.

Meanwhile off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said he never plays the game with records in mind and for him country's interest always supersedes his personal goals.

IT took him six years to make a comeback to the Indian Test team and his spot as an opener is still not guaranteed but Abhinav Mukund would prefer to live in the present and contribute in team's cause rather than thinking about past or future. "If I am part of the team, not part of the team, again, I will try to do my best wherever I am", he said. Since there's a lot of time remaining for the action, the players of Team India chose to blow some steam off. "There is a very healthy competition from the opening spot in the side, and it keeps me on my toes", Dhawan who was adjudged the man-of-the-match said.