Things we learnt from India-Sri Lanka Tests


Virat Kohli can go all-in in South Africa
India will fly out with an excitable pace battery for their upcoming away tour, and Virat Kohli should believe that at some point during the three-Test series, he can go gung-ho with pace and unleash all four - Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. They all got two Tests each against Sri Lanka and some wickets - 30 off the 52 to fall - to go with before a big away sojourn. Bhuvneshwar showed why he was one of the most improved fast bowlers in Tests in Kolkata, Shami struggled there but eventually hit his peak on Day 5, Umesh didn't have the best of starts but warmed up eventually while Ishant made an appreciable comeback in Nagpur after a six-months gap. India tried but couldn't quite simulate South African conditions throughout the three games, but the pacers still finished the series in the pink of their health and peak of their form.

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