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Stand-in skipper Sharma eyeing strong start against Sri Lanka

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Updated: 03:50 GMT, Dec 11, 2017 | Published: 03:53 GMT, Dec 10, 2017 |
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India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma on Saturday (December 09) said he understood the team’s strengths and weaknesses and would work to execute them, making everyone comfortable.

The 30-year-old opener was speaking at a news conference in northern hill town of Dharamsala where India and Sri Lanka will lock horns in first of the three-match One Day International (ODI) series on Sunday (December 10). Sharma was handed his maiden-international captaincy for the series against the islanders after Virat Kohli was rested.

Sharma, whose captaincy over his Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Mumbai Indians, has seen the team secure a hat-trick of league titles, said that the ODIs will be a different ball game compared to the T20 tournament.

The Indian side will be looking to reclaim the top ODI rankings with a Sri Lanka whitewash in the series. India, who are on 120 points in the ODI rankings, one point behind the Lankans, will be hoping to win 3-0 in order to reach the feat in Kohli’s absence.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper, Thisara Perera, said his team will not be dwelling on Kohli’s absence and instead will be looking to play its best cricket to beat the hosts.

Perera, whose side will play the remaining two ODIs in northern Mohali city on December 13 and southern Visakhapatnam city on December 17, is set to welcome the return of batsman Kusal Perera and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne.

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