India hope rains stay away in their only warm up game
India’s first practice session was moved indoors at the National Cricket Club after rain played spoilsport on Tuesday and with thundershowers predicted for tomorrow, Virat Kohli’s side will only pray for some play against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.
It is Kohli’s first full-fledged assignment as Test captain after the rain-affected one-off Test in Bangladesh and the ace <g data-gr-id="19">bastman</g> is keen to make to it count for himself and the team.
If the batting looks good with Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay doing well at the top then the bowling, especially the spin <g data-gr-id="21">departmemt</g>, promises results as well. The experience of Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra has certainly added value to the Indian spin force and they are expected to make full use of Sri Lankan wickets.
Kohli though may be going through a lull in his batting <g data-gr-id="24">form</g> but the Delhi player has always defied his critics when the chips are down. The young captain has himself admitted that even though it’s a young Indian Test side, it promises to live up to the expectations of millions of fans. At the <g data-gr-id="23">onset</g> though, Kohli and company will face the Board President’s XI, which is led by young Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne.