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India will not take Sri Lanka lightly, insists Ajinkya Rahane

India will not take Sri Lanka lightly, insists Ajinkya Rahane

In their first tour since 2009, Sri Lanka will play three Tests beginning November 16.

India swept Sri Lanka across all formats in a full series in the island nation.

But Murali was quick to point out that, Sri Lanka in the 2000s was equally dominant at home, beating India in Tests on quite a few occasions.

Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas hopes the players have learned from the recent home series whitewash but wants them to focus on their own strengths instead of the Indian threat. For us, if we want to be the number one team, every series is important and we want to win each and every match and each and every series. In the last 13 years only two teams have won a series in India.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal is dreaming of Sri Lanka making history by winning a Test in India - despite being huge underdogs against the world's top-ranked side when the series begins in Kolkata on Thursday.

"For us each and every match and series is important before going to South Africa".

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"Once this gets over, we will worry about South Africa and the challenge it brings". Right now we are focusing on this series. The Indians have not lost a home series in any format since being beaten by South Africa in ODIs in 2015. This is an important series for Sri Lanka as well and they have been preparing really well. We only played them a month ago. In 1997, we played five Tests, two at home and three away and all games were drawn.

Mathews also did not bowl when India toured Sri Lanka earlier this year. I don't think will have problem in adjustment. First Test is important to get the momentum.

At the nets, Rahane was seen playing some unorthodox shots like the reverse sweep. I just want to improve. I always think that if I improve on one shot at the nets, I will be better off in the game.

"I'm comfortable playing those shots". For me it is important to give 100 per cent in nets. "If I am comfortable in the game, maybe I will play that shot", Rahane added.

Rahane got out for 49 and 45 in his last two Ranji matches against Odisha and Baroda respectively, but he was "not too concerned" about that. I am batting really well. "I have four 50s in a row", he said referring to his knocks against Australia in the ODI series in September-October. "I just wanted to play as many balls as possible without being anxious about the scores". "Our chances of winning a Test match in India, I would say, are slim. There will be bounce and it will be a sporting track", Ganguly told reporters after inspecting the pitch during India's training session. Everyone is professional and we had a good practice session yesterday. The team management taking care of all these aspects. "I am sure preparation will be good before the first Test". "I've not seen the wicket". We have to wait.