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Shastri wants India to strive for consistency

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"This team has been there with each other for two years and they are much more experienced now", Shastri said.

Their only away series since the beginning of 2016 came in the Caribbean, Virat Kohli's team enjoying a 2-0 success in the four-match series.

"This team has been together for a two years now", Shastri told reporters ahead of the second Test in Colombo on Tuesday.

Talking about the team composition for the second Test, Kohli all but confirmed Rahul's inclusion, saying that they already have a combination in mind for the game. "A lot of big players with 20 years of experience have not done", he added. "It kept the bowlers in the game throughout, the quicks and the spinners more so", said Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday evening.

"He is still young".


Patel rebounded with an innings of 143* in the Ranji final and led Gujarat to a maiden title triumph but all was in vain as Saha continued to be there with the team for rest of five Test matches in the home season.

"You can see it in the body language that he has matured, and he will continue to mature and learn".

Kohli was careful not to pre-empt any picks and hoped whoever missed out would not be too disappointed. "I wasn't there for the last 12 months, so I don't know". That's what we've been discussing in the meetings and practices. "What we want from the team is consistency".

New Zealand, for example, have been searching for a pace bowling all-rounder and have given both Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme a go, with not great rewards thus far. The India team has a specialist fielding coach in R Sridhar.

Rahul was ruled out of the first Test in Galle, where India won by 304 runs, with a viral fever but the 25-year-old has recovered sufficiently and has been batting in the nets.


"But it's whatever the best combination we as a team feel we should take on the field, we back that and we take that call, and it is up to the individuals who are involved in that decision to understand it is for the best interest of the team". We have been training for three days, and everyone is in a good mental space. Earlier he had been the manager and a team director. Its the same role. Nothing has changed and there were no special buttons I had to press.

On being asked if there's a posiibility of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav playing in Colombo, Kohli said: "When you have a big squad, there are all kinds of possibilities involved".

After KL Rahul was forced out due to illness, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund became the obvious options for the opening slot in the India playing XI for the opening game in Galle, with both of the batsmen impressing. The good thing about him is that he went to county cricket and that has helped him.

"We will give him (Herath) till the last minute to make sure that he is fit".

In his absence Abhinav Mukund and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings for the visitors. To make the day even more special for his better half, Dhawan took to Instagram and shared a handsome picture.


However, whatever Shastri said about the Indian team not winning tests overseas is not entirely accurate.



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