There was no help from the pitch, says Pujara

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India aware of issues in slip cordon - Pujara

"Overall we have really bowled well in this Test match especially looking at the wicket".

Resuming the final day on a precarious 31-3, Sri Lanka lost Angelo Mathews early in the morning session but de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal resisted India for two hours as the smog-hit Test finally saw a mostly sunny day. This was India's ninth consecutive Test series win and with that, they equalled Australia's record for the most number of Test series victories on the trot. In this home season, they have been the most hard spinners for any opposition.

"This was a game where there wasn't much assistance". First it was Shikhar Dhawan, late on Day Two, followed by Virat Kohli nearly immediately after, and finally Rohit Sharma on the third day.

India will be hoping they can retain the bluster when the series begins, especially with their slip catching, a crucial component of results overseas on faster, bouncier pitches, going from bad to worse at the Kotla.

"We are having a chat about the slip fielding issue". The topsy-turvy form of players who kept Wriddhiman Saha company behind the stumps was a feature throughout India's home season of 2016-17 and beyond, coming as a glaring negative amidst all the domination - a stone-in-the-shoe problem for the Test giants. All the players who stand in the slips are taking 50 to 100 catches every day. So there have been occasions, where batsmen have got injured and we had to replace [the slip fielder] with some other player. The Boxing Day Test has been included after India's Tour of South Africa was pushed ahead to January. "When he's at gully, he knows the angles, he has the idea of where to stay when he starts fielding at gully", Pujara said. He further added that the team management is holding discussions to fit in certain players in the certain regions on the field in the upcoming assignments. It will definitely help us. Pujara was asked why that man was not being used at slip for fast bowlers too. Dilruwan Perera, who opened the batting in the first innings, was also dropped by Shikhar Dhawan at second slip before going on to score 42 runs.

"The South African batting is not what it used to be at one time".

Pujara, who was dropped from the Test team previous year in West Indies, seemingly because of his batting style, refuted the claim that he has been asked to bat differently. "There are still some areas in which i want to improve". The ultimate goal of any team is to win a Test match and when we play for the Indian team, its always about scoring runs and when it comes to test cricket we take it very seriously and we always try to win as many matches as we possibly can. We will also discuss that when we reach South Africa. "That will give us some advantage".

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