SBS – Three months after subjecting Sri Lanka to a 9-0 whitewash across all formats, Virat Kohli’s men prevailed 1-0 in the latest round of a duel between the neighbours to seal their record-equalling ninth consecutive test series win.

Summary

  • Three months after subjecting Sri Lanka to a 9-0 whitewash across all formats, Virat Kohli’s men prevailed 1-0 in the latest round of a duel between the neighbours to seal their record-equalling ninth consecutive test series win.
  • While it makes financial sense for Sri Lanka to play India, the game’s economic engine, the home board (BCCI) said the latest series, an underwhelming prospect for fans, was unavoidable as it had to honour its commitment to the calendar.
  • “It definitely has to be taken into consideration because you don’t want fans going away from the game or not watching,” Kohli said ahead of the back-to-back series against Sri Lanka, who have managed only one win in the last nine tests against their neighbours.
  • India also played five one-dayers in Sri Lanka this year, against an opponent containing many regulars in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • “This analysis has to be done over a period of time, by asking fans who watch the game,” Kohli said.


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