Having 873 points in his kitty, Kohli will have a chance to increase the 12-point lead over second-placed Australian David Warner at the upcoming five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, starting in Dambulla on Sunday. Virat along with his girlfriend Anushka and the Indian team's coach Ravi Shastri were spotted with the Sri Lankan fans and now, again, thanks to some fan clubs we saw the two together. While Dhawan played some attacking strokes, Kohli was content with rotating strike. And the right-hander will look to justify his selection in the squad ahead of veteran southpaw Yuvraj Singh, a key member of India's 2007 World Twenty20 and 2011 World Cup-winning squads.
Tharanga was appointed limited-overs captain to revive the ailing team after their shock 3-2 loss to minnows Zimbabwe. Even in Tests, lady luck smiled upon him as he was called up to replace an injured M Vijay before the start of the series against Sri Lanka. India made it possible in 28.5.
Lanka's last nine wickets fell down in the span of just 77 runs and the side was bundled out for mere 216 runs in just 43.2 overs.
For Sri Lanka, all-rounder Angelo Mathews is the leading player among batsmen (27th) as well as bowlers (53rd) and the only all-rounder in the series among the top-five. And when I am doing well, I am still focussing on my processes. "As I said, you have to start well, be boring at times", added the Indian skipper. I would say that I even played like this in my debut Test match against Australia, or like I played in Galle in the first Test here. On paper, Sri Lanka are not a bad team.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel (3/34), playing his first global match since October past year, was the stand out bowler for India with a career-best figure.More news: Alert: Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Has No Plans to Wear a Wedding Dress
The ninth-ranked West Indies will be playing a one-off ODI against Ireland before competing in a 5-match ODI series against England from September 19 to 29.
However, the batting looks more or less same, with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma set to open the innings. "I'm just thinking about ODIs", Rohit was quoted as saying by TOI, with the tone reflecting the frustration that would have built in after he was devoid of any on-pitch action in the recently concluded Test series.
Their bowling is better equipped with Lasith Malinga's return but in his last two series, the 33-year-old has not delivered.
India have the momentum and confidence, but they lost to Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy two months ago.