India's Pujara holds fort in 1st Sri Lanka Test

Ross Houston
November 17, 2017

Ahead of the second day of the first Test, Nehra was seen talking to India's bowlers including Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. "I'm not a robot, you can slice my skin and check if I still bleed", Kohli told reporters on the eve of the first Test against Sri lanka.

"It's one of those things that playing cricket you have to accomodate".

After only 165 minutes were played in the first two days of the opening Test between India and Sri Lanka and only 32.5 overs were bowled out of a possible 180, India found themselves on the mat at 74/5, with Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara the only ray of hope.

At stumps, India was at 74-5, with Cheteshwar Pujara (unbeaten at 47) closing in on his half-century alongside Wriddhiman Saha (unbeaten at six).

Sri Lankan seamer Dasun Shanaka struck twice early in the day, while Suranga Lakmal took the scalp of three batsmen to keep India under the mat on the first day.

Stressing on the importance of slip catching, Sridhar said it would play a crucial role as they have a packed overseas calendar next year.

"Where we stand at the moment, we are happy where we are but we won't be getting too comfortable".

The Indian team is considered a supremely confident fielding side and Sridhar gave credit to players' putting in a lot of hard work.

"The conditions, when you go overseas you can't control". As far as fielding goes, the formula is very simple, the more you practice the better you get. "If the weather clears out, it would be really interesting going by the conditions of this Test", he said.

That being the case, Sridhar said slip catching is more hard in the sub-continent.

"They (Indian players) were laughing when they saw me in suit on camera".

"It's always a challenge in the subcontinent because of the two-paced nature of the wickets". Now out of the India squad, Suresh Raina, for example, has to tick the fitness parameters even though he is a fabulous fielder, said Sridhar.

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