new Delhi: The first match of the 2-match Test series between India and Sri Lanka will be played at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab shortly. After a clean sweep of Sri Lanka 3-0 in the T20 series, now Team India would like to completely wipe out Sri Lanka in the Test series as well. India will have to win the 2-match Test series against Sri Lanka 2-0 in any case, otherwise a big tragedy will happen to them.
Team India would like to avoid this mishap
After winning the Test series 2-0 against Sri Lanka, India will get the much-needed points to make it to the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). At present, India is at the fifth position in the points table of the World Test Championship (WTC). Team India cannot afford to lose or draw in this series, otherwise its dream of playing the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) will be shattered.
India must win the test series by 2-0
India had broken the dream of winning the title by defeating New Zealand in the final match of the last World Test Championship (WTC). Rohit Sharma would not like to let this untoward happen again with India under his captaincy. After becoming a successful leader in white-ball matches for India with 5 IPL titles with Mumbai Indians and T20 series victories over New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma’s new challenge is to replicate the success in Test cricket.
Virat Kohli’s 100th Test Match
Virat Kohli stepped down as the captain of the longer format after India’s 1-2 series loss in Tests against South Africa in January. Virat Kohli will not be the captain for the first time in 7 years, but only on the field of a player. This match will be the 100th Test match of former India captain Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma is now the Test, ODI and T20 captain of India.
Kohli has been the backbone of India’s batting for a very long time
Virat Kohli hasn’t scored a century since November 2019, but still there is no doubt that Kohli has been the backbone of India’s batting for a very long time. Virat Kohli made his Test debut against West Indies in June 2011. Virat Kohli has scored 7962 runs in Test cricket with hard work. Virat Kohli holds the record for scoring runs in 99 Test matches at an average of 50.39, which includes 7 double centuries and 27 centuries.
Kohli’s historic 100th Test also marks the beginning of Rohit Sharma’s tenure as India’s Test captain. The hosts have never lost a home Test since their 1-2 loss to England in 2012 and will be looking to increase their momentum against the visiting Sri Lankan team.
The two teams are as follows:
Indian Team: Rohit Sharma (capt), Priyank Panchal, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Saurabh Kumar, Mohammad Siraj , Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain).
Sri Lanka Team: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Dhananjay de Silva, Charit Aslanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Lasith Embuldeniya, Visva Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Pathum Nisanika, Lahiru and Jeferu Vendorse.