Hardik Pandya is the Biggest Positive From Series vs SL: Kohli

Virat Kohli is impressed with Hardik Pandya’s performance in the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

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Virat Kohli celebrates with his teammates after India clinched the Test series 3-0 against Sri Lanka.
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Hardik Pandya's performance in his debut Test series was the biggest positive of the three-match series against Sri Lanka, said Indian captain Virat Kohli after his team completed a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts in Pallekele on Monday.

"The regulars have performed, but the biggest positive would be Hardik's inclusion and the way he shaped up in these three Test matches," said Kohli at the post-match presentation. India won the third Test by an innings and 171 runs.

The kind of confidence he showed the with the ball and the maturity with the bat, it really gives us a lot of boost and the balance.
Virat Kohli

Pandya smashed a 96-ball 108 on Sunday, for his maiden international century, helping India post 487 in the first innings. Besides a hundred and fifty in his debut Test series, Pandya picked up four wickets.

"We are a young side, we look forward to play Test cricket, we look forward to play every single Test match with the same kind of excitement and that is the only way you can be ruthless," he said.

We like to be prepared before hand and be proactive rather than being reactive. We have age on our side and we have an opportunity to play together for five, six years for the country.
Virat Kohli

On Sri Lanka's performance in the series, he added:

All of them are super talented players, that is why they are playing for the country. They beat Australia 3-0. Sometimes the side has momentum, sometimes they don’t. It’s all about keeping the belief going and not losing motivation because of a few results. That is what we believe in as a team as well.
Virat Kohli

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal had no qualms in saying that his team's performance was below par.

This was a tough series for us. Credit to India for playing outstanding cricket throughout the series. Our batting and bowling was below par. We need to stand up as a team.
Dinesh Chandimal

"We have to be patient and concentrate harder (when batting or bowling). If we can do that, I am sure we will do as a team and comeback stronger for the Pakistan series," he added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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