Cricket: India vs. Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka vs India at SSC, Columbo; Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, August 27, 2015

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The Times of India 2013/07/11

India vs. Sri Lanka: 07/11/2013
Indian bowlers taking 12 wickets or more in a test series in Sri Lanka; Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, August 25, 2015

1993-2015

The Hindu, September 3, 2015 18:54 IST

India's victorious tour of Sri Lanka

India recorded its first series victory in Sri Lanka in 22 years. The last series win in the island nation came in 1993. India broke the jinx on Sri Lankan soil with an emphatic 117-run win over the hosts in the third and final cricket Test, recording their first ever overseas series triumph from a 0-1 deficit.

Fact files

»This was India's first Test series win abroad in four years - the last came against West Indies in 2011.

» It was Virat Kohli's first Test series win as Indian captain.

» At 26 years and 300 days, Kohli became the youngest Indian captain to win a series from home.

» The loss at SSC (third Test) was Sri Lanka's first defeat at the venue in 14 Tests since its loss against Australia in 2004.

» During the course of the series Ishant Sharma became the fourth Indian pacer to claim 200 wickets.

»After the series victory, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli said "Feels nice, especially with such a young team, early in our careers. It is a magnificent milestone, winning here for the first time in 22 years."

» It was Kumar Sangakkara's final Test series.

» Kumar Sangakkara retired after the second Test at P. Sara Stadium in Colombo.

»Sangakkara said "The moment I got out it was the usual disappointment and frustration. Because my job was to stay there till the end. But when I was walking off and all the Indian players shook my hands, that was when it hit me – that was it really."

»Sangakkara said "It was the first time that I had parents, my children, siblings and wife all together at one place, watching me play".

»Sangakkara finally said "You need to play it with an almost childish wonder. Just play and enjoy. If it doesn’t work, you give up the disappointment, come back and try and enjoy again. I have been able to let things go and come back with a bit of balance."

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