India vs Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya's performance was biggest positive in Test series, says Virat Kohli

Hardik Pandya's performance in his debut Test series was the biggest positive of the three-match rubber against Sri Lanka, said Indian captain Virat Kohli after completing a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts at Pallekele on Monday.

PTI, Aug,14 2017

Pallekele: Hardik Pandya's performance in his debut Test series was the biggest positive of the three-match rubber against Sri Lanka, said Indian captain Virat Kohli after completing a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts at Pallekele on Monday.

Hardik Pandya celebrates after scoring a century against Sri Lanka. AFP

Hardik Pandya celebrates after scoring a century against Sri Lanka. AFP

"The regulars have performed, but the biggest positive would be Hardik's inclusion and the way he shaped up in these three Test matches," said Kohli at the post-match presentation India won the third Test by an innings and 171 runs.

"The kind of confidence he showed the with the ball and the maturity with the bat, it really gives us a lot of boost and the balance," said Kohli.

Pandya smashed a 96-ball 108 on Sunday for his maiden international century, helping India post 487 in the first innings. Besides a hundred and fifty in his debut Test series, Pandya picked up four wickets.

Though India won the series with ease, Kohli gave due respect to their opponents.

"We are a young side, we look forward to play Test cricket, we look forward to play every single Test match with the same kind of excitement and that is the only way you can be ruthless," he said.

"We like to be prepared before hand and be proactive rather than being reactive. We have age on our side and we have an opportunity to play together for five, six years for the country."

On the Sri Lanka's performance in the series, he added: "All of them are super talented players, that is why they are playing for the country. They beat Australia 3-0. Sometimes the side has momentum, sometimes they don't. It's all about keeping the belief going and not losing motivation because of a few results. That is what we believe in as a team as well."

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal had no qualms in saying that his team's performance was below par.

"This was a tough series for us. Credit to India for playing outstanding cricket throughout the series. Our batting and bowling was below par. We need to stand up as a team," said Chandimal.

"We have to be patient and concentrate harder (when batting or bowling). If we can do that, I am sure we will do as a team and comeback stronger for the Pakistan series," he added.

Published Date: Aug 14, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017




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2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
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2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
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2 Australia 2345 123
3 India 3385 121
4 New Zealand 2878 120
5 West Indies 2538 115
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