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Kohli ranked No. 2 among Test batsmen in ICC ranking

08 December 2017, 08:15 | Randall Craig

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However, considering the dead pitch, they might look back on the second and third days in the search for turning points.

India were very generous with their slip-catching in the Kotla Test. Pujara accepted the flaw but also revealed what the team is doing about it.

All-rounder Angelo Mathews has moved up seven places to 23rd position after scoring 111 in the first innings while Dhananjaya de Silva's match-saving 119 in the second innings has lifted him nine places to 47th position.

There seems to be one silver lining. Tendulkar's Test average first touched the 50-mark in 1994. "To be honest, we haven't fielded well and I will accept that", he said when asked about the lack of improvement in the cordon. Openers have missed out, someone like [M] Vijay who used to field at first slip, he had an injury and he didn't play for about six months.

"We haven't taken many catches but we will definitely get better at it. Overall Indian team has improved as a fielding unit, but slip fielding is something we are looking to improve".

Soft-spoken Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said youngsters with a good attitude are always able to produce results after his team eked out a hard-earned draw against India in the third cricket Test.

"The intensity that he brings on the field to inspire his teammates is what stands out for me", Dravid said. We will also discuss that when we reach South Africa.

India have been playing non-stop cricket since the Champions Trophy and none other than Kohli has complained of not getting enough time to prepare for the South Africa tour due to the ongoing full series against Sri Lanka getting over only on December 24. "We might have to pin down only a few players as specialist catchers", Pujara added.

"We took a decision, a right decision that the boys who are playing Ranji Trophy should be allowed to play that". But our fast bowlers bowled really well.

"2017 has been a fantastic year for me", he said.

Sri Lankan players wore masks while fielding during the match which ended in a draw on Wednesday. "This period, I will use to become a good ODI player", said the skipper. Despite some brilliant innings, Kohli failed to equal or surpass former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumara Sangakkara's record of most global runs in a calendar year.

During an interview with India Today, Dravid affirmed, "I think Virat is going through a much better phase than what I was going through in 2003. We fully support him to make a comeback".

"Technically, I really don't need to tell him anything".

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