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With start of ODI series against Sri Lanka, Team India take a step towards their World Cup 2019 plan

After a record-scripting 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka in the Test series, Virat Kohli-led Team India are all geared up to extend their domination over the hosts in the shorter format of the game when they lock horns for the first ODI match, at Dambulla, today. But for Team India the series comes about way different than that of their opponents. The series is more of a kick-start to their plan for World Cup 2019.

This day, that year: Virat Kohli returns to Dambulla, from where his journey began in 2008

This day, that year: Virat Kohli returns to Dambulla, from where his journey began in 2008

It has been a long journey since then. He has indeed grown bigger, way better and has become one the best batsmen. He has played 188 more matches, scored 8242 more runs, smashed 43 fifties and 28 centuries in the 50-over format. Only two batsman, Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Aussie legend Ricky Ponting (30) has more centuries than him.

Mohammed Shami calls current Team India coaching staff as one of the best

Mohammed Shami calls current Team India coaching staff as one of the best

Reflecting on his performance in the tour so far, Shami said that the rare 3-0 clean sweep was very good for the team.

Team India consolidate No. 1 position in ICC Test rankings after Sri Lanka clean sweep

Team India consolidate No. 1 position in ICC Test rankings after Sri Lanka clean sweep

Apart from their series win, India also benefited from South Africa's 1-3 defeat to England in the recently concluded Test series.

Yuvraj Singh has been rested; doors are open for everybody: Chief India selector MSK Prasad

Yuvraj Singh has been rested; doors are open for everybody: Chief India selector MSK Prasad

Prasad said that Yuvraj has a chance at making it to the squad if he delivers in the future. 

SL vs IND, Pallekele Test: KL Rahul equals world record; first Indian to strike seven consecutive 50-plus scores in Test cricket

SL vs IND, Pallekele Test: KL Rahul equals world record; first Indian to strike seven consecutive 50-plus scores in Test cricket

He had marked an impressive return back to the game in the Colombo Test when he notched up 57 runs thus becoming the first Indian opener to register six consecutive fifty-plus scores. However, as an Indian batsman, his name stood alongside Rahul Dravid and Gundappa Vishwanath

Team India's day out in Sri Lanka ahead of third Test match in Pallekele – SEE PICS!

Team India's day out in Sri Lanka ahead of third Test match in Pallekele – SEE PICS!

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.  

Even if I put forward my view, Virat Kohli takes the final call for DRS: Wriddhiman Saha

Even if I put forward my view, Virat Kohli takes the final call for DRS: Wriddhiman Saha

After MS Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket, Saha has rightfully filled up the space behind the stumps. May be he isn't as fast as Dhoni, with the stumpings, but over the past few Test matches, the Bengal lad has delivered some of the most enthralling catches in the game. However, DRS is one aspect where he has failed.

Head coach Ravi Shastri wants Virat Kohli's men to break Australia's world record

Head coach Ravi Shastri wants Virat Kohli's men to break Australia's world record

The Men in Blue are now three behind the world record holders Australia, who have 32 against their name.

Indian Cricket Team's night out with The Great Khali in Sri Lanka – See Pics!

Indian Cricket Team's night out with The Great Khali in Sri Lanka – See Pics!

Team India will now aim to look for a complete Lankan whitewash when they head down to Pallekele International Stadium, Balagolla for the third and final Test match on August 12.  

Team India wins second test match against Sri Lanka

India has defeated Sri Lanka in second test match held at Colombo and captured series of 3 matches by winning 2 of them. The Indian cricket team won match by an inning and 53 runs. Watch to know more.

Next T20 World Cup and the next two years of international series is what I am looking at now, says Mithali Raj

Next T20 World Cup and the next two years of international series is what I am looking at now, says Mithali Raj

However, she did add that all of this has been possible because of India's performance in the bigger arena. She reckoned that in a country like India, a sportsperson gets recognised only when he/she does something glorifying. 

MS Dhoni greatest Indian captain ever, but Virat Kohli catching up fast: Ravi Shastri

MS Dhoni greatest Indian captain ever, but Virat Kohli catching up fast: Ravi Shastri

As far as stats are concerned, of all the captains who have led India for more than 20 Test matches, Kohli presently has the highest win percentage. 

Chief selector MSK Prasad says, captain is boss on field but cannot dictate team selection

Chief selector MSK Prasad says, captain is boss on field but cannot dictate team selection

Prasad also mentioned that both MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are very accommodating even though they have had an opinion different to that of the committee on numerous occasions.

Parthiv Patel keen to play for India again, doesn't mind any role the team offers

Parthiv Patel keen to play for India again, doesn't mind any role the team offers

The Gujarat batsman, who won the Ranji Trophy last year with his native state last season, spoke about his plans of reclaiming a spot in the Indian team.

Mann Ki Baat:​ I am happy how India took pride in the team's accomplishment in ICC Women's World Cup, says PM Narendra Modi

Mann Ki Baat:​ I am happy how India took pride in the team's accomplishment in ICC Women's World Cup, says PM Narendra Modi

Team India, despite not being favourites as the ICC Women's World Cup 2017, held at England, defied all odds to reach their second World Cup final. Mithali Raj-led side had in fact crumbled down the mighty Australians in the semi-final round, riding on a breathtaking innings from vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur.

Team India, the most dominant Test side since Boxing Day Test of 2014

Team India, the most dominant Test side since Boxing Day Test of 2014

Virat as a batsman? One would dare to question it, and now Virat as a captain....a 'No' either. India still have two more Test matches to go against the Lankans, after which they would head to South Africa for an all-important round of Test battle. 

Sri Lanka vs India: From Galle humiliation to Ashwin's Test landmark in Galle

India are all geared up, with an aim to upturn Galle humiliation they faced two years back and thereby extend their domination over Sri Lanka in the Test format, to face the Islanders at the same venue, tomorrow.

Kevin Pietersen's question to Team India's new head coach Ravi Shastri leaves Twitterati in splits

Kevin Pietersen's question to Team India's new head coach Ravi Shastri leaves Twitterati in splits

Shastri's tweet read as," Back to business with a great bunch #TeamIndia #SlvIND." And moments later, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen replied to him with a rather interesting question, "Head coach again buddy?"

ICC Women's World Cup: Top 5 moments for Mithali Raj-led Team India

ICC Women's World Cup: Top 5 moments for Mithali Raj-led Team India

Despite their failure to script history on Sunday, Mithali Raj and her pack of blues had a long and entertaining journey at England.