There has been a lot of excitement in the air regarding India’s upcoming 3 Test tour of Sri Lanka. While the Indians are looking positive, there is the added burden on the Indians to win a test series overseas. The last time India won a series overseas, it was way back in June 2011, when they defeated the West Indians 1-0 in the Caribbean. With Sri Lanka itself in deep waters, this is the ideal opportunity for India to improve its rankings.

 Below, are the quotes of a few Indian players, with respect to the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

 Rohit Sharma:

“When we started in South Africa in 2013, we knew it would be a challenge with all the big names retiring. But the way we responded through the season, we can say that we are ready to go forward. We cannot give any excuses that we’re still learning. We’ve had enough of experience at this level now as we played outside India. We showed positive intent, which is good for an upcoming team. All of us have played more than 10 Tests and we can’t give any excuses.”

 R. Ashwin:

“Yasir Shah picked wickets in the Pakistan serie but the pitch was seaming and helping pacers. Sri Lanka will know their conditions, we have to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses… I love my batting. I look to contribute in every way I can. I’ll try and play my shots, which is the way I play.”

 

Ajinkya Rahane:

“We have to be aggressive against spin. When we bat, we have to worry about scoring runs, not about getting out. At the same time, we have to give credit to Sri Lanka spinners as well.”

 Shikhar Dhawan:

“Competition is a good thing. It’s nice to have competition for the opening spot. I take things positively. If I get the chance, I’ll try to do well. In today’s Test cricket, it has become an important thing to score fast. When you score fast, it helps the team. I don’t think much about failures, I have always been an aggressive batsman.”