India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained positive and said the surprise defeat to Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 international has given them the chance to assess the team's batting frailty ahead of the big-ticket World T20.
Australian hangover: India's defeat to Sri Lanka in Pune T20I was a good wake-up call, Says Gavaskar
The defeat to a depleted Sri Lanka in the first T20 international was a good wake-up call for the Indians, according to former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who said the batsmen should have shown more respect given that the Lankan pace trio was an unknown proposition.
Pune procession: Against Sri Lanka, India's gung-ho middle-order spurned the chance to find some form
Suresh Raina walked in with 19 overs to spare, Yuvraj Singh with 15, Dhoni and Hardik Pandya with 12, Ravindra Jadeja with 11. Those five batsmen combined to face a sum total of 51 deliveries.
The wicket prepared for the first T20 international against India here reminded Sri Lanka spinner Sachinthra Senanayake of the ones normally seen in Australia and he said his team was surprised that a seaming track was laid out instead of a spinning one.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday took a dig at the pitch prepared for the first T20 International terming it an "English" rather than Indian track.
India's limited overs captain captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that IPL cannot be the yardstick to pick players for the hard grind of international cricket, particularly Tests and the 50-over format.
India's winning sequence in T20 internationals came to an embarrassing end on Tuesday after a heavily depleted Sri Lanka pulled off an upset five-wicket victory to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
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Boosted by their 3-0 clean sweep of Australia Down Under, a confident India would seek to continue their winning momentum when they take on a depleted and new-look Sri Lanka in the first of three T20 Internationals in Pune on Tuesday.
India will look to cement their number one status when they begin a three-match series against Sri Lanka Tuesday, their final work-out on home soil before hosting the WorldT20.
Preparations are underway in the city for the third T20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka on 14 February and tickets will be sold to spectators from 11 February.
Unwilling to tinker with the line-up in view of next month's World Twenty20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said the team will prefer Suresh Raina in the No.4 slot in the series against Sri Lanka even though vice-captain Virat Kohli's absence has opened the No.3 position.
It is difficult to expect that selectors would ring in changes when an Indian cricket team wins a series 3-0 on Australian soil which is precisely the reason why Pawan Negi is "pleasantly surprised" after knowing about his selection for the T20 series against Sri Lanka.
The 36-year-old Fernando, last played for Sri Lanka, way back in 2012 and has been recalled in place of T20 captain Lasith Malinga, who is recuperating from an injury.