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R Ashwin very much in Team India frame for 2019 World Cup: Bharat Arun

R Ashwin very much in Team India frame for 2019 World Cup: Bharat Arun

Earlier, Harbhajan Singh had questioned Ashwin omission from the squad being termed as a 'rest', claiming that since bowler is going to play Country Cricket in England, it really can't be called a rest.

Arjuna Award will motivate me to continue working hard, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Arjuna Award will motivate me to continue working hard, says Cheteshwar Pujara

During the second Test against Sri Lanka, Pujara became the joint second-fastest Indian batsman to 4,000 Test runs, reaching the milestone in his 84th innings

Virat Kohli averages a whopping 487 in Team India's successful ODI chases in 2017

Virat Kohli averages a whopping 487 in Team India's successful ODI chases in 2017

The Indian captain has scored 122, 76*, 96*, 111*, and 82* in his successful chases so far, which means he has scored 365 runs in his last four successful-chase innings without being dismissed.

Virat Kohli in touching distance to leapfrog Faf du Plesis, Joe Root as top-scorer of the year in ODIs

Virat Kohli in touching distance to leapfrog Faf du Plesis, Joe Root as top-scorer of the year in ODIs

Kohli slammed an unbeaten 82-run knock off just 70 deliveries and form an unbroken 197-run partnership with centurion Shikhar Dhawan as the visitors secured a rather easy win to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

WATCH: Virat Kohli times shot to perfection, hits Lakshan Sandakan for straight six

WATCH: Virat Kohli times shot to perfection, hits Lakshan Sandakan for straight six

Chasing a modest 217 for victory, India rode on an unbeaten 197-run stand between Dhawan, who smashed 132, and skipper Virat Kohli, who made 82, to canter home in 28.5 overs.

Alastair Cook looks set to knock Virat Kohli out of top 5 in ICC Test Rankings

Alastair Cook looks set to knock Virat Kohli out of top 5 in ICC Test Rankings

Cook has gained 6 points to achieve his best rankings in the last 3 years after previously being in fifth place in March 2013. 

This Team India will win 2019 ICC World Cup, says Axar Patel

This Team India will win 2019 ICC World Cup, says Axar Patel

For the Men in Blue, left arm spinner Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers, grabbing three wickets for 34 runs in his 10 overs. 

SEE PIC: Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma share pictures from same location in Sri Lanka

SEE PIC: Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma share pictures from same location in Sri Lanka

The two are seen wearing the same hat, are standing in the same balcony, and of course there are elephants in the background too.

SL vs IND: Virat Kohli goes past Sachin Tendulkar to become fastest batsman to complete 4000 ODI runs in successful chases

SL vs IND: Virat Kohli goes past Sachin Tendulkar to become fastest batsman to complete 4000 ODI runs in successful chases

En route to his 70-ball 82, Virat Kohli not only did account his tally of ODI fifties to 44, but also edged past former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly's tally of 44 fifty-plus scores while chasing in ODI cricket. He now has 45 such knocks, standing third on the list behind Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar.

IND vs SL: Virat Kohli goes past Sourav Ganguly to become third batsman with most 50-plus knocks while chasing in ODIs

IND vs SL: Virat Kohli goes past Sourav Ganguly to become third batsman with most 50-plus knocks while chasing in ODIs

Earlier in July, during Team India's Tour of West Indies, Virat had notched up his 28th ODI century in the final game of the series, played in Kingston. Ergo, his tally of centuries whilst chasing went up to 18, one ahead of his idol Sachin Tendulkar.

India's Tour of Sri Lanka: 1st ODI – Statistical highlights

India's Tour of Sri Lanka: 1st ODI – Statistical highlights

Under Virat Kohli's captaincy, India have won 23 and lost 7 out of 31 contested in ODIs (1 NR) -- winning % 76.66.

If I don't perform, anyone can take my place: Shikhar Dhawan

If I don't perform, anyone can take my place: Shikhar Dhawan

Dhawan put on 197 runs for the second wicket with Kohli as India won with 21.1 overs to spare, their biggest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining.

Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli's rapid chase inspires Team India to 'record' win over Sri Lanka

Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli's rapid chase inspires Team India to 'record' win over Sri Lanka

Shikhar Dhawan was on a rampage as he slammed his fastest ODI hundred, coupled with Virat Kohli's 70-ball 82 to guide Team India to their biggest ODI victory in terms of overs to spare.

Sri Lanka interim coach Nic Pothas slams batsmen for embarrassing collapse against India

Sri Lanka interim coach Nic Pothas slams batsmen for embarrassing collapse against India

Pothas also said that while the defeat was embarrassing, he still backs his players to come good eventually.

Shikhar Dhawan bags 11th ton as India hammer Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in opening ODI

Shikhar Dhawan bags 11th ton as India hammer Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in opening ODI

The dominant hosts overhauled the 217-run target with 127 balls to spare with Dhawan annihilating the Lankan attack with his brutal 132-run knock which came off just 90 balls.

Twitterati bow down to Shikhar Dhawan as he slams 11th ODI hundred in 71 balls

Twitterati bow down to Shikhar Dhawan as he slams 11th ODI hundred in 71 balls

 Dhawan continued his hot form to slam an unbeaten knock of 132 runs in 90 balls - his fastest ODI ton - as India went on to take 9-wicket victory over the Lankans in the opening ODI.

IND vs SL, 1st ODI: As it happened...

India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in Dambulla to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on Sunday.

Shikhar Dhawan's purple patch continues, scores his fastest ODI ton

Shikhar Dhawan's purple patch continues, scores his fastest ODI ton

The Virat Kohli-led Team India look comfortably placed to win the opening ODI as the hosts posted a paltry total of 216 for the visitors to chase.

WATCH: Rohit Sharma becomes victim of bizarre run-out, drops bat after it gets stuck inches away from crease

WATCH: Rohit Sharma becomes victim of bizarre run-out, drops bat after it gets stuck inches away from crease

Rohit, earlier, was involved in a big mix-up with Dhawan but made amends soon enough to make his ground in time and avoid getting run-out.

Twitter reacts as India bundle out Sri Lanka for 216 runs

Twitter reacts as India bundle out Sri Lanka for 216 runs

Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals as India continued to dominate in the shorter format of the game as well.