We Have Specific Plans For Each Indian Player, Says Sri Lanka’s Bowling Coach

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  • India beat Sri Lanka ruthlessly the last time these two teams faced earlier this year. 
  • The Islanders now look for payback as they travel to India for their first test in Eden Gardens. 
  • From 1982-2017, Sri Lanka has played 16 test matches without winning even one. 

The last time India and Sri Lanka met, two months ago, the latter suffered a 0-9 humiliation at home across the three formats. However, this time around, they are looking to turn the tables and have specific plans to counter each Indian player.

The Islanders will play their first Test in India since 2009-10 on November 16 at the Eden Gardens.

"We have done all that we could have to counter attack. Whatever we would expect in the Test series. I hope our strategies will work," Rumesh Ratnayake, Sri Lanka’s bowling coach told PTI.

"We can only plan but it's about executing them on the field"

"It's a huge challenge. It's not only skipper Virat Kohli but we have come with specific plans for each Indian player. We always go with plans but can we execute the plans, at what stage and at what point. Hopefully that works to our benefit," he added.

From 1982 to 2017, Sri Lanka have played 16 Test matches in India out of which they have won none, lost 10 and drawn six.

"Even though the immediate past has not been good we are looking for a new leaf to start with," the former fast bowler said.

"It's unfortunate we have not won a Test here. It's still a healthy rivalry. We have gained a lot from India, we are thankful for that. It would be interesting to win a Test here. We are taking it as a challenge,” the 53-year-old added.

Talking about the preparations, he also revealed that the bowlers have worked on the reverse swing with the SG ball.

"Reverse swing is one of the things which we have worked on. It's got the feel of the Duke ball, it's different and we are getting used to that."