Virat Kohli is going back to South Africa as a different batsman: Sourav Ganguly

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017

India face Sri Lanka test, eye seventh straight ODI series win

India will be eyeing their first seventh straight ODI series victory when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Sunday.

Captaining the Indian cricket team for the first time, Rohit Sharma will aim to continue the momentum from the second match at Mohali in order to win his maiden series as captain.

India lost the first ODI in Dharamsala by a massive seven wickets, where the Indian batting line-up went through a dramatic collapse. However, led by captain Rohit, who created history by becoming the first batsman to score a third double ton in ODIs, India roared back to form in Mohali and levelled the series with a 141-run victory.

Ahead of South Africa tour, India will look to keep up their dominant form at home that has seen them win every series since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.

On the contrary, if Sri Lanka pull off a win on Sunday, it will be their first bilateral ODI series win in India.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017

India well equipped to do well in South Africa: Murali Vijay to India Today

Murali Vijay will be key as India eye their maiden Test series triumph in South Africa next year. The seasoned opener made a sensational comeback, slamming back-to-back hundreds against Sri Lanka.

Vijay has the ability to bat in difficult conditions overseas and along with either of Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul, the onus will be on him to lay a strong base for a star-studded middle-order.

Having played 53 Tests since his debut in 2008, Vijay is one of the most experienced players in this Indian team. And it speaks volumes of his skills that he is still the first-choice opener despite a long injury lay-off. In this time, both Dhawan and Rahul put in some brilliant performances but Vijay sealed his spot immediately upon his return.

India Today caught up with Vijay, days before India’s departure for South Africa.

Excerpts from an exclusive interview:

Boria: How do you rate India’s chances in South Africa this time?

Vijay: It is going to be a team effort to pull off a series win abroad. Hopefully, we can do that this time around. We are looking forward to that and we are preparing so that we can contribute to the team and go ahead in the series.

Boria: The next 14 months will define the legacy of this Indian team? You have challenging overseas tours of South Africa, England and Australia lined up in that period.

Vijay: Not only South Africa. It’s about how we are going to go about it the whole season. It is going to be very important for us. If you think about short team goals then yes, this series is very important for us to start. I personally think we are well equipped to do well. As I said, we’ve got to go there, get used to the conditions really fast and find a way to perform.

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