India registered a commanding victory over the hosts and now have taken an early lead in the series. The Galle test just required four days to yield a result as team India prevailed after a both batting and bowling was exceptional.
Here the 5 talking points from the massive win-
- Dominant India registered biggest away win: India won the match by 304 runs, which the biggest in terms of runs in an away soil for India. Virat Kohli’s men stormed past the Lankans in both innings and shrugged off all the pre series controversies and came up with an astonishing performance.
- Dhawan taking chances with both hands and Indian batting: Shikhar Dhawan, included for Vijay’s injury showed the shades of his class in the first innings when he scored 190 which was better than run a ball. His batting was classy, effortless and it seems that Dhawan has utilized his chance very well. He has to be consistent now to put away all the doubts regarding his credibility as a test opener. Also Pujara, Rahane in the first innings and Mukund, Kohli in the second innings batted exceedingly well as India’s talisman Virat Kohli scored yet another test hundred.
- Indian bowling bang on target: It is not an easy job to beat the Lankans at their backyard, although it’s a weak team but still you have to execute the plans for the expected result, and Indian bowlers nailed that. Shami returned to Test team after a long time and the Bengal pacer was on the money straightaway. Umesh Yadav also was decent, but Jadeja was the peak of Indian bowlers. The left arm spinner got his nod ahead of young Kuldeep Yadav and racked up six wickets in the match. The Indians bowled with discipline and never let the hosts to take control. They took wickets in regular intervals and that’s why Sri Lanka couldn’t score big in both innings.
- Sri Lanka lacked in every department: The hosts suffered this miserable loss but it’s quite evident the Indians were a class above. Since the departure of the legends like Jayawerdene, Sangakkara, the Lankan batting backbone has been weakened and their pace bowlers haven’t been good enough at all. Rangana Herath is their lone warrior in bowling while their batting hasn’t be aided by the newcomers. They recently won a test against Zimbabwe but that was also with the help of some luck and now against India they have just fallen apart. Sri Lankan selectors and board needs to work more on their grassroot campaign to find talents. Also the injury of Asela Gunaratne midway of the match didn’t help the island country at all, as they had a batsman less in both the iinnings, and their captain Herath also didn’t bat in the second innings.
- Shastri Era Part II has kickstarted in the best possible way: There was a wave of controversy regarding India’s coach selection just before the series. But the team has performed in the finest way and that concludes the controversy for now. It is evident that the team likes coach Shastri and the results are coming. It is still too early to give him a clear certificate but at least the boys deserve the credits to concentrate on their game and produce a historic result.