Virat Kohli talks up Kuldeep Yadav's chances of playing Pallekele Test

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Team hasn't practice for a couple of days, and captain said that the team is better placed to be able to afford an off, "We are better placed to be able to take an off, in Sri Lanka its hot and humid. I try to stay with them mostly and keep talking to them; they help me a lot", Kuldeep said.

"Lot of things happen in the heat of the moment you end up doing".

"It might be a very small thing but if the intent is to do something bad then obviously that is something that counts against the player".

The series has been pocketed but Kohli ruled out making wholesale changes to the side in the inconsequential match. The Indians have already clinched the three-match series by winning both the first and second tests.

"To play consistent cricket, you need to make sure that players are playing on a regular basis".

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"Managing players who don't get a chance is also a skill. We're also waiting to pick that win", he observed.

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"I have been working with Bharat Arun for the past 10 years", he said, "ever since I was playing in Under-16, in Under-19 also". "I don't know where this came from... if you don't want me to play, then tell me..." In professional sport, they understand this aspect. "They're the ones you've got to really wait on". "We are ahead by 2-0, so in the next match the aim is to give a similar performance as the last two matches as a team in batting, bowling and fielding. Everyone is playing well and playing good cricket, we are comfortable even though we didn't practice".

"Sometimes I don't know why people make such comments". While Kohli stressed on the need for continuity and consistency in team selection, even someone like Ishant Sharma is not completely out of contention, especially with the limited-overs series and more to follow soon after.

"It's a big challenge for the whole team but if one or two youngsters can come out and shine to a level that we can win this game, it's a great morale booster", said Chandimal.

"It's quite a different situation (not looking at pitch a day before the match) but the management has gone to the stadium to have a look".

Sri Lanka have already lost the series having suffered defeats in Galle and Colombo earlier this month and are on the brink of being whitewashed by the Indians at home for the first time. The Shane Warne-inspired Australia completed a 3-0 clean sweep in 2003-04.

Sri Lanka will breathe a sigh of relief with Jadeja's suspension, but that will give Kuldeep Yadav a chance to shine, and the Chinaman can make life hard for the Lankan batsmen.

Wrist spinner Kuldeep did well on a bouncy Dharamsala track against Australia, where his four first innings wickets proved to be decisive.

With a green pitch on offer from Saturday, the bowling attack which can best utilize the conditions on offer will have a huge say in the outcome of the Test. "So, I will leave it at that", Azhar added.

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