We may have demolished Sri Lanka in their backyard in all the respective formats, fans may consider that there would be no competition between India and Sri Lanka in the upcoming series but the vice-captain of India in Test matches, Ajinkya Rahane quoted that they are taking Sri Lanka seriously and the focus is on Number 1 ranking.
People and analysts are more concerned about India’s tour to South Africa than Sri Lanka’s tour to India. Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane added that there is a lot of time to look over the series against South Africa and quoted that the current series is completely different to the series India played in Sri Lanka.
“This series is completely different compared to what we played in Sri Lanka. We are not taking Sri Lanka lightly even as we had a good series there. Right now if we want to remain as number one in Tests. Every series is very important. We want to win each and every series. We know the conditions here,” Rahane told in a news conference on the sidelines of their training at Kolkata.
We don’t want to take Sri Lanka lightly: Ajinkya Rahane
Terming Sri Lanka’s point of view, Rahane quoted that the series is going to be crucial for the visitors as well as they are desperate of victory against India and are training hard to make an impact. Being a number one team and in order to be at the same place, one can’t take any opposition lightly.
“For us, each and every match and series is important before going to South Africa. We will think of South Africa when we go there. Right now we are focusing on this series. South Africa will be completely different. Even for Sri Lanka, this is a very important series and they are preparing really well,” Rahane added.
”We don’t want to take them lightly. We are just focusing on this series right now and the first game in Kolkata. We respect Sri Lanka and we just want to play our game, focus on our strengths rather than thinking about their combination or their strategies,” he signed-off.
India are scheduled to play their first Test of the 3-match series at Eden Gardens on November 16th. Conditions are not going to be alien to Sri Lanka as they already moved their feet on the wicket when they played against India’s Board President XI lead by Sanju Samson.