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Cricket-India’s Kohli frets over opening dilemma against Sri Lanka

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:12 GMT, Nov 16, 2017 |
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India captain Virat Kohli admitted to being in a familiar dilemma over the team’s opening combination going into the first test against Sri Lanka beginning at the Eden Gardens on Thursday (November 16).

The right-handed duo of Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul have remained India’s trusted batsmen upfront but the former’s wrist injury opened an unlikely door for Shikhar Dhawan when they toured Sri Lanka earlier this year.

The Delhi left-hander responded by grabbing the opportunity with both hands, smashing two centuries to claim the man-of-the-series award as India completed a 3-0 whitewash in the test series.

A fit-again Vijay is hoping to reclaim his spot in the three-test series against Sri Lanka but Kohli on Wednesday (November 15) confirmed the situation is not so straightforward.

Kohli also talked about workload management and said it was humanly impossible to play all three formats and maintain the same kind of intensity throughout.

In a bumper home season, which started in September 2016, India won 10 of 13 Test matches, with their solitary defeat coming against Steve Smith’s Australia.

Meanwhile, his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Chandimal said his team would look to take forward their form from the win against Pakistan and break their Test duck in India.

Even on home ground, Sri Lanka have struggled against India, losing 9-0 across all three formats in July and August.

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