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Kohli confirms Rahul return, Mukund faces India axe

02 August 2017, 07:44 | Randolph Howard

Kohli confirms Rahul return, Mukund faces India axe

Lahiru Thirimanne has been called in as a replacement for Asela Gunaratne who sustained an injury on his left thumb while attempting a catch of Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan off Lahiru Kumara's delivery during the first innings of the Galle Test

When you are playing with a really good team like India, you have to take risks when you are batting or bowling.

At the moment India is the no. 1 team. Preparing for turning pitches, and playing reverse sweeps and sweeps.

"I was in Hong Kong actually on holiday and from there I flew back to India and joined the team". It wasn't a one-off win because we can't win three Tests in a row without playing well. I was there in Adelaide, when he captained in his first match and he is 27 Tests old now as captain.

The Sri Lankan cricket team is completely out of its depth against the visitors at the moment, struggling to put in decent performances against any team, be it Zimbabwe, or India. It was something Virat Kohli had echoed after the Galle win. "They are looking forward to this game", said the Lanka captain.

It is ironical how the careers of Mukund and Kohli have gone.

"It all depends on who's had a better game". He played in IPL 2017 but with limited success. He is a match victor in the last 7-8 years.

"Like for example, win a Test series here [for the first time] in 20 years". "We've got a fourth guy who's a regular opener who's not fit". Life gave Dhawan another chance.

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Gunaratne has been ruled out of the rest of the series with a fractured finger but veteran Herath said his injured finger would be better again in a few days.

Dhawan smacked his fifth Test hundred at Galle, scoring 190 off 168 balls while Mukund scored his second Test half-century in the second innings. He hit a patient 153 in the first innings of his 49th game to improve his average to 52.18.

The MSK Prasad led selection committee has taken bold steps in recent times. They tested our patience and they won. "My role is to be in charge of the entire support staff and to make sure that we get the boys in some great mental space to go out and express themselves".

Will it be fair to replace one of them with Rahul? I was there when he led the team in Adelaide. He has made a habit of performing only when his place in the team is in danger, a frustrating conundrum for Indian fans.

India's home season starts mid-September with five One-Day Inernationals (ODI) against Australia slated to be played at Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Indore and Kolkata.

India opener KL Rahul was back in the nets on Tuesday after missing out the first Test due to viral fever but Shastri kept cards close to his chest about the stylish right-hander's participation in the second Test.

For Australia, Mitchell Marsh has been trying for a while to revive his fortunes in Test cricket. The latter earned a comeback on the side earlier this year, riding on his superlative show at the grassroots level ie. domestic cricket. "Virat is progressing in the same direction as well", said the Indian coach.

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