So this is an interesting and challenging tour.
This was Dhawan's second hundred at the Galle International Stadium, after he scored a hundred here in the first Test on the 2015 tour as well. That series victory gave the Virat Kohli captained team the confidence that they can turn themselves into world beaters, and they have certainly done that and more. We select the team on that basis.
5 Centuries for Pujara in last one year, the most among India players.
"We know Dhawan wasn't in the initial squad but then he came back into the side and showed the selectors what he is capable of".
It is a huge blow to Sri Lanka which is already missing the services of batting mainstay Dinesh Chandimal, who was ruled out with pneumonia. What stood out, aside from his immaculate footwork against the spinners, was the sheer confidence with which he batted despite having lost his place in the squad a year ago; nothing seemed to faze him.
Many are anxious, that Herath being the only match-winning bowler Sri Lanka have, the additional burden of captaincy may affect his performance.
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In the end though, he couldnt temper himself to get to another milestone, despite improving on his highest Test score. "Whether I am retired or not, I am sure he is the second option as a left arm spinner". He played the sweep shot to great effect, he drove with elegance and made some quick runs.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan slammed a career-best 190-run knock as India pummelled a hapless Sri Lankan bowling attack to post a commanding 399/3 on the opening day of the first cricket Test here.
We look at the two key battles which could impact the direction the series takes from Galle.
Sri Lanka suffered a double blow as Asela Gunaratne sustained a broken thumb on his left hand while attempting a catch of Dhawan off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara.
Earlier in June, India won an ODI series 3-1 against the West Indies and lost to the Caribbean side in the lone T20I.
"Whatever happened in the recent past doesn't count now".
ITW Consulting co-founder Bhairav Shanth said, "The response to this series from brands has been very positive given the unique mix of technology and innovation we are offering to elevate the brand association". We need to start well, especially in the first game. Every game that he plays, on any surface, he has a knack of picking wickets. It's a really good batting wicket.
"I think it's a pretty good pitch".
Both teams are below strength. "But I can say, on the fourth and fifth days, there will be some assistance for the spinners". Herath had led Sri Lanka for four matches in 2016-17.