FO­CUS

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IN­DIA vice-cap­tain Ajinkya Ra­hane on Tues­day said their 9-0 clean sweep in Sri Lanka will have no bear­ing in the re­turn se­ries and they re­main fo­cused on main­tain­ing the No 1 spot in Tests.

In­dia swept Sri Lanka across all for­mats in a full se­ries in the is­land na­tion. Now In­dia are host­ing a re­turn se­ries com­pris­ing three Tests and equal num­ber of ODIs and T20Is.

“This se­ries is com­pletely dif­fer­ent com­pared to what we played in Sri Lanka. We are not tak­ing Sri Lanka lightly even as we had a good se­ries there,” Ra­hane told a news con­fer­ence on the side­lines of their train­ing at the Eden.

“Right now if we want to re­main as num­ber one in Tests. Ev­ery se­ries is very im­por­tant. We want to win each and ev­ery se­ries. We know the con­di­tions here.”

The low-pro­file Sri Lanka se­ries is seen as a pre­lude to their gru­elling two months’ tour to South Africa against whom they will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is in Jan­uary-Fe­bru­ary next year.

“For us each and ev­ery match and se­ries is im­por­tant be­fore go­ing­toSouthAfrica.Wewil­l­think of South Africa when we go there. Right now we are fo­cus­ing on this se­ries. South Africa will be com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

“Even for Sri Lanka this is a very im­por­tant se­ries and they are pre­par­ing re­ally well. We don’t want to take them lightly. We are just fo­cus­ing on this se­ries right now and the first game in Kolkata. We re­spect Sri Lanka and we just want to play our game, fo­cus on

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