Focus on remaining No. 1 in Tests: Rahane

Virat Kohli

During this period, they have played 13 ODIs and six T20 internationals and adjusting to the longer format becomes crucial as they take on Lanka in the first of the three Tests here from Thursday but Ajinkya Rahane was confident of making quick transition.

“Even for Sri Lanka this is a very important series and they are preparing really well.

About the team getting back into Test cricket: Team shape is very good. I don't think there will be any problem in adjusting. All are professionals. We had a good practice session yesterday (Monday).

In 2007, in a Test match at Ahemdabad, Lanka side had come close to winning a match against India, where they took a first innings lead of 300 runs. We will have practice sessions today and tomorrow so, the preparations are going pretty well.

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"This series is completely different as compared to what we played in Sri Lanka". We are not taking Sri Lanka lightly even as we had a good series there, ” Rahane said on the sidelines of their training at the Eden. "We will think about South Africa when we go there", he said. "Our focus is on winning the series against Sri Lanka now".

"It is important to improve your game. when you are practising at the nets, it is important to evolve". I just want to improve. For me it is important to give 100 per cent in nets. South Africa will be completely different. If we want to be no 1 team, every series is important. We will think of South Africa when we go there.

Sri Lanka have two batsmen in Dimuth Karunaratne (17th) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (20th) inside the top-20, while batsmen aiming for upward movement are Angelo Mathews (24th), Niroshan Dickwella (40th), Dilruwan Perera (78th) and Lahiru Thirimanne (113th). "Some of them are all-time greats of the sport and it was a tough task for us", Muralitharan recalled.

"I am not too concerned about that", he emphasised. Their batting was stronger than now I would say. I got four fifties in a row in the One Day Series (against Australia). The first Test here is important to get the momentum.”.

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