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Lokesh Rahul out of first Sri Lanka Test with fever

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Nuwan Pradeep returns back to Sri Lanka Test squad

Nuwan Pradeep returns back to Sri Lanka Test squad

But Ashwin insisted that it was all in the past.

"We are all past that moment".

Ashwin also hailed recently appointed India team coach Ravi Shastri and said he creates a positive influence in the dressing room. Even when he was here last time, he picked us up from that low point of the Galle loss. "We are looking forward to working together and producing some incredible results".

Ashwin believes life has come full circle for Virat Kohli's India since their last tour of Sri Lanka in 2015. India ultimately went on to win the series.

"In 2015, we were sandwiched into the middle of a leadership takeover. If a batsman had hit that many hundreds in 49 Tests, the media would hail him as an all-time great", an India player told this paper while praising offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who will be playing his 50th Test when the first Test begins against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. And we had set ourselves a lot of goals for each other and achieved them over the last couple of years.

"That includes Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara and me". "From there on, we have kind of become a pretty good unit".

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"I have done reasonably good as a cricketer, I would say", he added.

If age is just a number, at 30, Ashwin is at the peak of his powers, and it is only fitting that Test No. 50 comes at a venue that kickstarted the best phase of his cricketing career.

"I think getting Kumar Sangakkara at Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium (Colombo), Ab de villiers in Nagpur... I can't really think of top of my mind, probably Shaun Marsh in Sydney in the second innings, David Warner in Bengaluru", Ashwin said, naming some of his favourite victims. "There have been quite a few good balls that I have bowled", he added.

Murali Vijay was ruled out before the start of the series and Shikhar Dhawan being his replacement but on Monday KL Rahul too was ruled out of the first Test with a viral fever.

The decision to sideline Rahul was made by the medical team, who have advised him to rest "as a precautionary measure". It was earlier reported that Rahul had not travelled with the team to Galle from Colombo, and the BCCI has now confirmed that the 25-year-old has not gained match fitness ahead of the series opener.

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