Rediff – IMAGE: Malinda Pushpakumara, right, celebrates after taking the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane as Virat Kohli looks on during Day 1 of the 3rd Test played in Colombo, earlier in August.


  • Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/ReutersFormer Sri Lankan middle-order batsman Russel Arnold endorsed India captain Virat Kohli’s view on scheduling, saying that frequent matches between the teams can lead to “boredom”.
  • Talking about the series, Arnold said Sri Lanka need to overcome the demons of the past to win their maiden Test in India.
  • India have been a very difficult place to travel even for better Sri Lankan teams,” he said.
  • Having suffered a 0-9 humiliation against India at home across the three formats, Sri Lanka bounced back to defeat Pakistan 2-0 in a Test series.
  • For India, this series is seen as a preparation to their gruelling South Africa tour early next year when they travel for two months to play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is.

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