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