Sharda Ugra

Senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

Virat Kohli celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss Kusal Perera

Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, SSC, 3rd day

Another bowling display of two halves

For the fifth time in the last year and a half, India had their opponents five down for less than 100 only to let the lower order off the hook

Cheteshwar Pujara acknowledges the applause after making hundred

Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, SSC, 2nd day

Resolute Pujara shines in stop-gap role

Cheteshwar Pujara's century was proof that at times in Test match play, survival need not mean mere tentativeness but the ability to wait for simpler things, like the loose ball

The groundstaff prepare to bring the covers on

India in Sri Lanka 2015

The fastest ground staff in the world

Sri Lanka's ground-maintenance workers use ingenuity, speed and clockwork coordination to counteract the problems posed by a home season that coincides with the monsoon

Team Director Ravi Shastri chats with Virat Kohli

Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, SSC

India dream of redemption at SL fortress

Sri Lanka have not lost a Test at the SSC for 11 years. It is where Kohli's India will try to do what Tendulkar, Ganguly, Kumble and Dhoni's India couldn't do over two decades of effort. To win a series against opponents who play with a palpable intensity

Naman Ojha plays to the leg side

India in Sri Lanka 2015

Ojha's time to 'relax' before Test debut

After spending 15 years in the domestic circuit, Naman Ojha is expected to make his Test debut in the third match, for which, he says, he is not facing additional pressure because of the long wait

Cheteshwar Pujara embraces Virat Kohli after bringing up his hundred

India tour of Sri Lanka 2015

Pujara's chance to beat his blues

After a ten-month free-fall, Cheteshwar Pujara will turn out for India once again at the traditional batting paradise that is the SSC. Can he make it count?

Virat Kohli gestures after winning his first Test as captain

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, 5th day

Excellent India get the job done, finally

At Galle India played the near-perfect Test, only to see their efforts come to naught with a late stumble. At the P Sara Oval, they went all the way in some style

Kumar Sangakkara with his family members after his last Test

Kumar Sangakkara retires

The emotional final lap of a 15-year journey

Kumar Sangakkara left the ground after almost everyone he knew very closely had. Then it rained a little. Sangakkara had played his last match for Sri Lanka; even the elements allowed themselves a bit of emotion

Ajinkya Rahane looks skyward after completing his century

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Rahane, the contemporary conventional

He can be old fashioned, but that does not mean he is unable to keep up with modern cricket, as he showed with a vital century in his first Test as a No. 3 batsman

Virat Kohli goes off the field for some medical attention

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Action-man Kohli squeezes Sri Lanka's fight

In the never-ending public PhD dissertation that is Test captaincy, Virat Kohli would have been happy to get through a draining, bruising day with something to show for it: finishing somewhere, it can be argued, between a B and a B+