India seek to break long-standing jinx in Sri Lanka
India will seek to end a 17-year-long series drought in Sri Lanka when they go into the three-match Test series against the island nation in Galle tomorrow with a depleted bowling attack and dodgy form of some of their famed batsmen.cricket Updated: Jul 17, 2010 15:16 IST
India will seek to end a 17-year-long series drought in Sri Lanka when they go into the three-match Test series against the island nation in Galle on Sunday with a depleted bowling attack and dodgy form of some of their famed batsmen.
The last time India won a Test series in the island nation was in 1993 under Mohammed Azharuddin with a 1-0 scoreline and their track record has not been too impressive.
But Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are determined to change their fortune this time around and get the better of the hosts in what will be spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan's last Test appearance.
Handicapped by the absence of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth, the Indian bowling attack clearly lacks the bite as was evident in the three-day warm up game against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI.
But it is the star-studded batting line up which will have to deliver the goods if India, the top ranked Test team in the world, hope to put it across the islanders who are known to be tough competitors at home.
The formidable batting line-up, which includes stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag, will be looking to spoil Murali's party in his swansong Test.
The Sri Lankan spin warrior will give it all to get those eight wickets needed to complete his 800-wicket tally in the longer version of the game.
India have vowed to spoil Murali's party but they are a worried lot since their bowling struggled in the only warm up game and the batsmen also failed to impress against the spin of Ajantha Mendis.
However, there are some bright spots too as Yuvraj Singh was back among runs and Gautam Gambhir too gave glimpses of his touch.
Dravid and VVS Laxman have not played Tests for long time but it would not be a problem for them to get back to groove.
India would be relieved that their tormentor Ajantha Mendis, who haunted even in the warm up game, will not be in Lanka's playing XI.
First Published: Jul 17, 2010 15:12 IST