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India vs Australia 2017: From top-order debate to possible brain-fade episode 2

Team India once again begin their home season and this time they start of their proceedings against Steve Smith-led Australia in a limited-over series that kicks off at the M Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on September 17.

Presence of wrist spinners in playing XI helps team bag crucial breakthroughs: Rohit Sharma

Presence of wrist spinners in playing XI helps team bag crucial breakthroughs: Rohit Sharma

With Dhawan's absence KL Rahul and Rahane are the two possibilities kept in front of skipper Virat Kohli for the position of the opening slot. Rahul had started out as an opener, but was given the middle-order role in the Sri Lanka series, which surely didn;t go down well. While Rahane was up and rolling in the Windies tour whilst playing as an opener.

'RCB boys get quota for Indian team', Twitter mocks ODI team selection against Australia

'RCB boys get quota for Indian team', Twitter mocks ODI team selection against Australia

The Men in Blue will play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is against Steve Smith's Australia, with the opening match of the tour takin place on September 17.

Watch: Dasun Shanaka takes a blinder to dismiss KL Rahul in one-off T20I vs IND

Watch: Dasun Shanaka takes a blinder to dismiss KL Rahul in one-off T20I vs IND

Team Sri Lanka did put forth a ravishing fight in the one-off Twenty20 game against the visiting India side, at Colombo, on Wednesday. There were some stunners with the bat, and some whilst fielding and Dasun Shanaka's astounding catch at covers to dismiss KL Rahul was one such moment for the home team.

KL Rahul gets tattoo of his dog Simba on back, posts picture on Twitter

KL Rahul gets tattoo of his dog Simba on back, posts picture on Twitter

Rahul has quite a few tattoos on him. In one of his instagram posts, he had written, "My body is my journal, and My tattoos are my story."

Get funky hairstyles and tattoos to be picked for Team India, taunts Sunil Gavaskar

Get funky hairstyles and tattoos to be picked for Team India, taunts Sunil Gavaskar

Kohli's men lost just one Test in the 13-match home season, reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy and also beat the West Indies 3-1 away from home.

Watch: MS Dhoni commits rare wicket-keeping blunder against Sri Lanka

Watch: MS Dhoni commits rare wicket-keeping blunder against Sri Lanka

India have won the first two matches. A win today will give Virat Kohli & Co the five-match series.

Keeping 2019 World Cup in mind, need to assign specific roles: Virat Kohli

Keeping 2019 World Cup in mind, need to assign specific roles: Virat Kohli

Ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka, Team India skipper Virat Kohli said that he wants specific roles for certain players since the 2019 World Cup is just two years away.

WATCH: Virat Kohli reveals Team India's middle-order ahead of 1st ODI

WATCH: Virat Kohli reveals Team India's middle-order ahead of 1st ODI

The skipper confirmed that KL Rahul's place in the middle-order is confirmed, while Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey will be fighting for second remaining middle-order slot.

With KL Rahul at No 4, Manish Pandey ready to wait for his chance

With KL Rahul at No 4, Manish Pandey ready to wait for his chance

Pandey has had a roller-coaster ride so far in international cricket. He has been in contention for a while now and even scored a maiden ODI hundred against Australia in Sydney in January 2016.

Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul achieve career-best rankings

Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul achieve career-best rankings

There was good news for Chinaman bowlers too as India's Kuldeep Yadav and Sri Lanka's Lakshan Sandakan have made rapid strides.

WATCH: Hardik Pandya reveals the reason behind Team India's 'V-sign' celebrations

WATCH: Hardik Pandya reveals the reason behind Team India's 'V-sign' celebrations

Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya celebrated their joyous moments in the game with a 'v sign'. 

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 2 – As it happened...

Live Coverage of Day 2, third Test between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekele Stadium.

Being defensive is not my natural game, says Shikhar Dhawan

Being defensive is not my natural game, says Shikhar Dhawan

With yet another hundred in the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, Dhawan brought up his third Test century in the island nation. 

SL vs IND, 3rd Test: Chaminda Vaas hails Lankan spin dou of Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sadakan

SL vs IND, 3rd Test: Chaminda Vaas hails Lankan spin dou of Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sadakan

Lanka, playing to avoid a rare series whitewash at home, did well to restrict the visitors to 329 for 6 at stumps on day one of the third Test. At one time, Virat Kohli & Co were looking at a score of more than 400 runs on the first day itself.

SL vs IND, 3rd Test: India ride on Dhawan-Rahul record opening stand to post 329/6 on Day 1

SL vs IND, 3rd Test: India ride on Dhawan-Rahul record opening stand to post 329/6 on Day 1

Courtesy Dhawan's (119) sixth Test hundred and a record 188-run opening stand with KL Rahul (85), India looked good for a score close to 400 after opting to bat.

WATCH: Dinesh Chandimal takes stunning catch to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan in IND vs SL 3rd Test

WATCH: Dinesh Chandimal takes stunning catch to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan in IND vs SL 3rd Test

Dhawan walked back on 119. It was his sixth Test century and fifth on foreign soil. Above that, he stitched a record-breaking 188-run opening stand alongside KL Rahul that not only took India off to a steady start, but also the tourists dominated throughout their innings.

SL vs IND, Pallekele Test: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan post highest opening stand against Islanders in Lanka

SL vs IND, Pallekele Test: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan post highest opening stand against Islanders in Lanka

This was also the sixth 150-plus opening stand against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and four of them came form Indians batsmen. Adding to it, India's last 100-plus opening partnership in an away match had come at Fatullah, when India were playing Bangladesh, back in June 2015.

WATCH: KL Rahul gets lucky reprieve before scoring big in Pallekele

WATCH: KL Rahul gets lucky reprieve before scoring big in Pallekele

India won the toss and elected to bat in the ongoing Test. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul gave India a superb start as they put on a partnership of 188. Dhawan made 119 and Rahul 85.

SL vs IND, 3rd Test: Shikhar Dhawan notches up 6th Test ton; equals Virender Sehwag's record of most Test centuries in Sri Lanka

SL vs IND, 3rd Test: Shikhar Dhawan notches up 6th Test ton; equals Virender Sehwag's record of most Test centuries in Sri Lanka

This was his third Test century in Sri Lanka and fifth overall on foreign soil. Stats speak once again – the left-hander became the first Indian opener to score two centuries in an away Test series since Rahul Dravid in 2011.