Sharda Ugra

Senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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+

Amit Mishra appeals for a wicket

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, 3rd day

Mishra pleased with reward for flight and guile

Amit Mishra said the P Sara pitch was still good for batting and so "Another 250-300 runs more and 100 overs to bowl at the Sri Lankans," was the target for India

MS Dhoni hinted that Stuart Binny could come into the XI for the UAE game

SL v India, 2nd Test, Colombo, 1st day

The risky business of India's allrounders

Stuart Binny, R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha have performed well enough. But they have to quickly graduate from being bits-and-pieces two-in-ones

Umesh Yadav dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne for 1

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

Looking for a lead of 100 runs - B Arun

India bowling coach B Arun has said India will be satisfied with a lead of around 100 runs in the second Test because of the condition of the P Sara Oval pitch, which he said would offer both bounce and reverse swing