India – Sri Lanka Test: Slow Start for Hosts
Sri Lanka is in India for a three-Test series. After India’s recent tour of Sri Lanka, the team began the game feeling confident. However, India has found itself off to a shaky start despite being on its home turf.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl in the first of the three Tests. The weather at Eden Gardens in Kolkata meant there was very little time to play. Within the hour of play, India made only 17 runs. Play ended for the day with India at 17/3 in only 11.5 overs.
The bowler-friendly conditions may have helped Suranga Lakmal, however, India’s batting coach said that his team should be able to play in all challenging conditions.
Sanjay Bangar Comments on First Day Conditions
India’s batting coach, Sanjay Bangar, commented on the pitch conditions for the first day of the Test against Sri Lanka. Bangar acknowledged that the pitch conditions were difficult and that the lack of extended play prevents batsmen from seeing bowling patterns.
He said: “So that didn’t allow the batsmen to get into any sort of a rhythm. It was very similar to a day-night Test match. It didn’t seem to be a day Test match. Playing with the red ball becomes pretty tough because it’s more difficult to pick it.”
Having said that, Bangar did not feel the conditions are an excuse but simply a challenge to deal with. Bangar praised Sri Lanka’s bowler, Lakmal, for taking advantage of the conditions and rattling India’s top order.
Virat Kohli – India is Up for the Challenge
The team’s skipper, Virat Kohli, had commented on the pitch conditions before play.
He noted: “We all expected the conditions in Kolkata to be like this. We want to approach, assess, and adapt to the conditions that are offered to us here. We’re happy to play on wickets like this. This is a team which doesn’t want to play in easy conditions.”
Kohli further noted: “We’re challenging ourselves, and most of the players are open to such challenges. We want to continue improving as a team.”