Virat Kozhi's Debut
India will begin their New Year with a 3-match T20I series against familiar foes Sri Lanka from January 5. While Sri Lanka arrived in Guwahati for the series opener on Thursday, Virat Kohli's men will reach the city Friday morning.For Virat Kohli-led Team India, it will be a resumption of preparations for the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in Australia. If numbers are anything to by, it couldn't have been an easier start to the New Year for Team India.
Sri Lanka have not won a bilateral series against India (across all the three formats) since August 2008 wherein India captain Virat Kohli made his international debut. 12 years.In 59 matches played between the two sides (all tournaments) in the said period, India have managed 44 wins while losing only 10 matches. Some of those defeats have come at major tournaments, including the T20 World Cup final in 2014 and a Champions Trophy in 2017.
However, the last time Sri Lanka defeated India in a bilateral series was in August 2008 wherein an Anil Kumble-led visiting side lost a 3-match series in the island nation. India have won 4 Test series since then while Sri Lanka have managed a draw in a series.In ODIs since Virat Kohli's debut, India have completely dominated Sri Lanka in bilateral assignments, winning 7 out of 7.