Indian skipper Virat Kohli has said that the bowling attack’s second-day performance was easily the best in the last two years. India bowled tight lines and lengths to the Sri Lankan batsman which made life difficult for the batsman in the crease. On day 2 India restricted Sri Lanka for just 116/3 in the 45 overs they bowled. India then went on wicket-less on the third day in the morning session but later wrapped up the innings by claiming seven wickets in quick successions giving away just 65 runs.
“The session we had in the first innings where we squeezed them was one of the best bowling sessions I’ve been part of with this Indian cricket team,” Kohli said. “In the past two years, that was easily our best bowling effort as a group, especially in terms of partnerships.
“I’m more pleased with the bowlers taking 20 wickets rather than guys getting hundreds. If you look at Ishant Sharma today, he was helping to take wickets by creating pressure. I think that’s the understanding they are creating amongst themselves. I’m really happy for them and in a game like today, we actually closed it off very convincingly.”
Indian spinners were more instrumental in India’s second Test victory with Ashwin and Mishra bowling well in tandem and picking 14 wickets between them. Ashwin has claimed 17 wickets in the series so far with an average of 16.35
“Ashwin has been taking wickets for us everywhere,” Kohli said. “Even in the tour of Australia, he was more aggressive with the ball. He wants to improve on his cricket and he has certainly done that. Even in his mindset, he’s bowling in a more aggressive manner. It’s almost impossible to get him away.
“Even for the right-hander – with the ball spinning into you, it should be an easier angle – even those players he is confusing at the moment. I’m glad to see him with this kind of mindset: attacking the batsmen all the time, bowling attacking lines all the times. He’s an asset any captain would love to have in his team.”