August 9 - A series in Sri Lanka has always been tough and no captain before Virat Kohli won back-to-back series in the island nation. The record books don't show that India played a Sri Lanka team weakened by the retirement of two of their all-time greats in the last two years.
After playing 13 Tests at home last season, India are still playing in the subcontinent. Their record is winning eight series on the trot and they are just one series shy of the record nine-in-a-row by Australia.
Now they are all likely to catch up with Australia's record beating Sri Lanka on their return visit to India this winter. Now is the time to take a look at Kohli's highly rated team before they embark on the tours of South Africa, England and Australia in that order. Add New Zealand thereafter. Four long tough tours on diverse pitches in dissimilar conditions. It is difficult to beat any team in its own backyard and more so these four teams.
Every time India do well in familiar conditions the team appears to be well settled with all boxes ticked before going overseas. Even the Fab Four and the world class spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in the ranks, the team could only win the odd Test, but not the series in Australia and South Africa.
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