Overkill of India-SL series: Kohli wants fans to take a call

Formidable India holds all the aces

Sri Lanka take initiative against India as Suranga Lakmal delivers bowling masterclass on day one of their heavily delayed opening Test

Bhuvneshwar last played a Test against Australia in Dharamsala in March this year and looked in good rhythm during India's practice sessions.

Asked if this overdose of playing the same opposition again might distract the fans and result in empty stadiums, Kohli said: "I don't know that". If we had gone through a period where we had to play away, we would have maintained the same intensity and had the same mindset. "In our last series here, we played really good against their seamers. We want to build our games in such a way that we want to be looking forward to playing anywhere in the world". We are confident to play on the grassy conditions and bouncy pitches.

"Whatever the conditions we play at, whatever combinations we need to play, we do that accordingly". For us, as I said, it is about playing for the country. "That point will be discussed in future definitely", he said.

"As a team, we have learnt a lot and we just need to get the positives out of the last series. Those details are very important while managing workload", he added. "You want to embrace being uncomfortable and that is the most important thing", Kohli said. "Why not? When I think of the time when my body needs to be rested, I'll ask for it". India is all set to play its first match of the Test series against Sri Lanka that is to be played at Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata from 16 November. You can't get attached to it. "We will decide tomorrow (Thursday) morning who is going to play", Chandimal told reporters on the eve of their first Test against India at the Eden Gardens here.Sri Lanka played five bowlers against Pakistan in the first Test of the recently-concluded series with the likes of off-spinner Dilruwan Perera, veteran left-arm tweaker Rangan Herath and chinaman Lakshan Sandakan rolling their arms along with pacers' duo of Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep.

"If you have a week off and you are not playing, another team is playing and they take over, that's a natural thing to happen. We think if we send him top of the order we can get the maximum out of him". "The first Test is important when it comes to momentum and we are well prepared". "We are more confident after winning against Pakistan". We put small targets in front of us.

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"If everything falls into place, any team can achieve that". I doubt that will stay for long as the transition between teams playing at different time of the year.

"We will miss Mathews as a bowler as he gives us more confidence and can balance the side really well".

"That situation has always been there".

Other India batsmen inside the top-10 include Lokesh Rahul (eighth) and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (ninth), while batsmen outside the top-20 are Shikhar Dhawan (30th), Murali Vijay (36th) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (47th). The balance has swung every now and then between two guys doing well and one guy missing out. Sri Lanka would want to forget the annihilation suffered at home and chase what has been an improbable dream of winning a Test here when the two teams clash in the City of Joy.

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