Colombo: Virat Kohli's aggressive strategy to play five specialist bowlers will be tested when India will go into the three-match cricket Test series against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Last time India had won a series in the SriLankan soil 22 years back. Even though Kohli had been given the cap of the Test Skipper in Sydney, this is the first full length series as the captain after the one-off-Test in Bangladesh.
Kohli has already promised to provide an aggressive brand of leadership and go into Test matches with five bowlers in a bid to take 20 wickets. His journey as Test skipper had begun in Adelaide where he stood-in for Dhoni on account of injury, and led India valiantly to a 48-run loss, despite two sterling hundreds in both innings.
In Sydney, he was defiant in the mannerism of his team selection, chopping and changing a side worn down by poor form, injury and fatigue. At Fatullah, he persisted with the five-bowler theory, and also brought back a Test stalwart — Harbhajan Singh — back to the side.
If pre-series warm-up and practice sessions are anything to go by, in summation, all of the above points will continue to feature in Kohli's strategy in this series as well.
With Murali Vijay ruled out of the first Test owing to a troublesome right hamstring since the Zimbabwe tour, Kohli will have his task cut out to bring in the young Lokesh Rahul into the playing eleven. It is after the opening slots that things get interesting, primarily owing to form, but the team management is expected to follow a set template.