Hours before embarking on a brief tour of Sri Lanka, Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Thursday sent out an ominous signal to his tri-series rivals, saying his young team was better prepared to reverse its dismal record in the Emerald Islands.
Dravid said his teammates had worked hard on some of the problem areas which should stand them in good stead for the series beginning on Monday.
"It's a great opportunity for us to go to a place where we have not done well. We have worked hard and we would like to get better there," he told a pre-departure press conference.
The Bangalore-based player said the series would be challenging for them as they would take on two other good teams in their title hunt.
"This is an important series as we will play against two good teams," he said.
Dravid said that hosts Sri Lanka would be a big threat for them in the series considering their current form.
"Sri Lanka is playing well. They even play better at home. So we have to play well there," he added.
However, he refused to divulge the details of the strategy they would adopt during the tri-series.
"I cannot tell you the strategies before a week of the series. Strategy will be known on the match day. But, it is important to play according to the potential. All the important things start after the beginning of the match. Not things like who will open, who are in the playing XI and who won the toss," he said.