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Indian cricketers visit site where Ravana held Sita captive in Sri Lanka

Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and other members of the Indian cricket team visited the temple where Sita is believed to have been kept captive by Ravana in Sri Lanka.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 11, 2017 14:44 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Indian cricket team members took some time out to visit Nuwara Eliya with their families ahead of the third Test in Kandy.(Mohammed Shami/Twitter)

Indian cricketers Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Wriddhiman Saha and Ishant Sharma visited the Ashok Vatika, a garden in a Sri Lankan village named Sita Eliya in Nuwara Eliya district, which finds a mention in the Puranas and Ramayana.

The cricketers were accompanied by their families and they later posted pictures of their visit on social media.

They players visited the Seetha Amman Temple where it is believed that Sita was held captive by Ravana.

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“Team India arrived Ashok Vatika is the place where Ravana kept the Sita captive. Ashok Vatika is a garden that is present in the Sita Eliya in Sri Lanka,” Shami posted on Instagram.

Umesh posted a picture with his wife on his Instagram page and wrote, “Ashok vatika big foot mark of Lord hanuman ji”. (sic)

Ashok vatika big foot mark of Lord hanuman ji

A post shared by Umesh Yadav (@umeshyaadav) on

Among the others who visited the Ashok Vatika were Kuldeep Yadav and KL Rahul.

According to reports, Kuldeep is likely to play the third and final Test in place of Ravindra Jadeja, who has flown home following the one-Test suspension.

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Jadeja had accumulated six demerit points within 24 months, which has restricted him from causing further damage on Sri Lanka. Jadeja’s all-round performance in Colombo had helped India win the series 2-0 last week.

India won the first Test by a huge margin of 304 runs — their fourth biggest win in terms of runs — and the second Test by an innings and 53 runs — India’s first such victory in Sri Lanka.

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The third and the final Test starts Saturday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 14:27 IST