Sources have indicated that the think-tank of the Indian team is of the view that the performance in the "A" series should be rewarded. "I don't know where this came from, but I have no problems in playing". Sri Lanka had the mortification of seeing Pakistan chase down a mammoth 377 with remarkable ease in July 2015, but their most recent game at this ground is nothing but pleasant.
Jadeja was slapped with three demerit points and fined 50 percent of his match fee after his "dangerous-in-manner" throw at Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne that narrowly missed the batsman on the third day of the second Test. The Indian team will be selected on August 13. Especially the spinners. We let them to 320 (329) for the first day. We want to play the same kind of cricket that we have, and hopefully, retain the team that played the last game as much as we can. This was the first time since January 2004 - when West Indies' Dave Mohammed and South Africa's Paul Adams featured in Cape Town - that two specialist left-arm wristspinners have played the same Test match.
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This is the first time ever that India have managed to take a 2-0 lead in a Test series in Sri Lanka and have a chance to complete a thumping series win against their less illustrious opponents. We heard there were some changes to the pitch so they have gone to check how things look at this stage, so we will have more clarity on what we need to go in with. "As the two senior bowlers are not in contention, it's a good opportunity for them to put their hands up, put us on track to a win, and show us what they've got". Even though it has been written that chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav is a surety in the playing XI in place of the suspended Ravindra Jadeja, it may not just happen automatically. On his decision Kohli said the pitch looks good to bat, calling it a "no brainer".
Pujara has been a pillar of consistency and you feel his big runs are now expected and needed to build India's innings.
While the selectors' decision to go back to Raina is a little unprecedented, it might not be a bad move to give him one more go at global cricket in this series.