New Delhi: Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has put the premium on winning the first Test of an away series as teams hardly get the time to acclimatize to different playing conditions.
Writing for Times of India, the former opener shared "the trick" and advised travelling teams "not to lose the first Test," else will always be playing "catch-up with the home team."
He wrote, in "modern tours" teams hardly get time to "get acclimatized to the weather conditions and the pace and bounce of the pitches in a foreign country immediately" thanks to limited tour matches.
It's worth noting that India will tour Sri Lanka for a three-Test series in Sri Lanka, starting August 12 at Galle. And this time too, India – always known as one of the poor travellers – is expected to face tough challenge from the host.
In such a back-drop, starting the series with a win will be of huge significance.
The 66-year-old former, India captain also emphasised on the hard-task an out-of-form player has to endure on a foreign tour.
"With just one warm-up game before the Test series starts and no games in between the other Tests, it is impossible for an out-of-form player to get the chance to regain his touch," he opined.
This may well prove right for Indian skipper Virat Kohil, who is currently having a bad run since after the tour Down Under. Kolhi even opted to play in the second unofficial Test against Australia A, but ended up scoring 16 and 45 runs respectively in the two innings he got to bat.
Gavaskar also took the opportunity to hail Pakistan's terrific performance in Sri Lanka. Pakistan won the three-Test series 2-1 after starting with an emphatic 10-wicket win at Galle.
Besides, Pakistan also won the five-match One-Day International series 3-2 and clean swept the Twenty20 series 2-0.