Recently, MS Dhoni, along with Suresh Raina and other Indian cricketers, gave fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore to prove their fitness ahead of the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka.
In fact, this was India's first century-plus stand away from home since June 2015. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been called to replace Jadeja in the third test. India completed a series win by securing the second Test in Colombo on Sunday by an innings and 53 runs and shortly after, ICC announced that Jadeja has been handed a one-match ban. The last over before lunch underlined India's effortless dominance, KL Rahul cutting and driving Dilruwan Perera, Sri Lanka's most experienced bowler, for two nearly dismissive boundaries.
India, meanwhile, will also miss the services of numero uno all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as he was suspended over a unsafe throw at Dimuth Karunaratne in the second Test. Ergo he won't be able to play the Pallekele Test, tomorrow. The misery continued for the Lankans as Kausal Mendis found himself at the receiving end of good fielding from Ravichandran Ashwin and great presence of mind from Kuldeep Yadav.
Many who remember the Dharamsala Test surely would recollect his deceptive googlies. The chinaman stepped in for the second session and outfoxed David Warner, Peter Handscomb and finally Glenn Maxwell. You played so well. all the guys, whoever got out, were playing so well and never looked like getting out and one ball has your name on it and you have to get out. Skipper Virat Kohli will be mighty pleased with his effort. Given that India has two quality spinners, Sri Lanka would be hoping to bowl out the visitors as early as possible. Sri Lanka went in with three changes, after Herath injured his back.
A guy like Kuldeep Yadav is willing to bowl in any situation. At the end of the meeting, all the players were in a bit of an upbeat mood and that looks really good.
But the elegant right hander lost composure, played an unorthodox shot to an orthodox spinner, throwing his wicket on 85.
Speaking about the team, Virat mentioned that they didn't practice today, but are confident ebough to hit the field tomorrow. He can now overtake them in the second essay. "Even when I was not in the Indian team, I was still enjoying my game at the domestic level and following the process that is needed at this level", Dhawan said after his innings. We have already won the series but it doesn't mean that we can afford to be complacent. The third Test will be the first time when India will be playing at this venue.