India tour of Sri Lanka 2017: Ahead of warm-up match team India sweats it out at the nets, watch video

With only practice game before three back-to-back Tests in Galle, Colombo and Pallekele, openers Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and the returning KL Rahul were seen practising in full swing.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 21, 2017 7:30:23 pm
Despite the heat and the sun beaming down in full flow, the Indian side is leaving no stone unturned.

As India begins its first away tour (among the several to follow), skipper Virat Kohli has reiterated that this is one among the several challenges that lie ahead. With only practice game before three back-to-back Tests in Galle, Colombo and Pallekele, openers Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and the returning KL Rahul were seen practising in full swing. Despite the heat and the sun beaming down in full flow, the Indian side is leaving no stone unturned. While KL Rahul faced a barrage of deliveries shoring up his defence from the support staff, Dhawan and Sharma kept practising on their game.

Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli had spoken about the opening pair and stated that Shikhar Dhawan or Abhinav Mukund should treat this as an opportunity rather than feel the pressure to perform. “Abhinav (Mukund) is there, he has played lot of domestic cricket. Shikhar got a hundred here last time and then he had to miss couple of games. “(Cheteshwar) Pujara opened in the last Test (in Dharamsala). So guys are looking these scenarios as opportunities rather than getting under pressure. I am sure they are going to be up for it. ” Kohli said.

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