India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral Test series since 2007-08.
The last time the two teams met almost a decade ago, India who hosted the series, won the three-match series 1-0.
Right after the second Test match, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja received a one-match ban after his demerits point accumulated to six. Ergo he won't be able to play the Pallekele Test, tomorrow. Speculation surmounted as to who would possibly be his replacement. Kuldeep Yadav seemed to be an easy choice.
Sehwag did not make it, as Ravi Shastri pipped him to that portfolio. But that never stops Sehwag from cracking a joke or two on his Twitter handle.
Sreesanth took to Twitter and wrote, “the board is firm on its zero tolerance policy on corruption and match-fixing," he added.@bcci office?? Then what about csk and Rajasthan? (sic).”
India are slated to play five one-day internationals and a one-off T20 international post the Test series in Sri Lanka. The ODI series will be played from August 20. The T20 international on the other hand will be played on September 6.
India have won the first two Tests by comprehensive margins -- by 304 runs in Galle and an innings and 53 runs in Colombo. The island nation, which has been going through a transition phase for quite some time, has decided to roll-out a green top with an aim to salvage some pride from the inconsequential game.
However, while Sourav Ganguly reckons that Team India's true test is yet to come, especially when the squad travels to South Africa and then to England; Mohammad Azharuddin felt that Shastri's words are more of 'disrespectful'.
Team India have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-test-match series. They had defeated the Islanders in Galle by a massive 304 runs and then again in Colombo, by an innings and 53 runs. Heading to Balagolla for the final Test match, the team expects to completely wash out Lankan hope.
There has largely been a speculation among cricket analysts saying that the true test for Team India would be when they would take on the South African and the English track. But Azharuddin was tight-lipped on this matter. "We will have to wait and watch. Sri Lanka has been a poor side," he said.