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Friday, 10 November 2017 - 13:07
Sri Lanka Cricket team determined to do well with India
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Sri Lanka first played a Test match in India in 1982. Since then the islanders are yet to win a Test in the Indian soil.
 
Now the Sri Lanka Test team led by Dinesh Chandimal is in India to take on the strong home side in a 3-match series.
 
This is Sri Lanka’s first Test series in India in 8 years. In the 2009 series, the home side won 2 nil.
 
The Sri Lankan skipper and the team management attended a media conference in Mumbai.
 
"We did really well against Pakistan and the boys are in a good shape. "We know India is the No. 1 team at the moment and have seen them play some really good cricket in the last two years. This will be a challenging series for us," Chandimal said.
 
The Sri Lankans suffered a rare whitewash (9-0), losing all matches across all three formats when India toured the island nation in July-September.
 
Looking back on the debacle, Sri Lanka interim coach Nic Pothas felt it was a huge learning experience for his team.
 
"We learned how Indian team does well and the areas we needed to improve. Not many teams have come here and won. It's always a pleasure to come here and challenge ourselves against a very good team," the South African said.
 
Asked what has changed in a short span of two months, he said: "It's mostly internal. When we took on India, we were all pretty new - from the support staff to the players involved. It is a more disciplined unit and the players have stuck together. We are a different side now," he cautioned.
 
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal's comment last month that he had received a special blessing from a "meyni" ahead of their Test series against Pakistan in UAE, raised eyebrows in cricketing circles. The Lankan cricket board later played down the issue by stating that the comment had been misinterpreted. The skipper, however, faced similar questions from the Indian media.
 
Team manager Asanka Gurusinha was quick to come to Chandimal's rescue, saying, "He (Chandimal) has answered some questions back home. In cricket, you got to get out there and perform on the field... Each player has to do that. That's the way the Sri Lankan team also believes in. Yes, we have our own religious beliefs, but at the end of the day, you go there and just play," former Sri Lankan batsman said.
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