Captain Dinesh Chandimal is dreaming of Sri Lanka making history by winning a Test in India – despite being underdogs against the world’s top-ranked side when the series begins in Kolkata on Thursday. Sri Lanka lost all nine matches – three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international – as they were humiliated at home by Virat Kohli’s tourists from late July to September.
The island nation have still never won a Test on Indian soil but they head for Eden Gardens with renewed hopes after winning both Tests against Pakistan in the UAE last month and Chandimal believes dreams can come true. “We did really well against Pakistan and the boys are in a good shape. We know India are the number one team at the moment and have seen them play some really good cricket in the last two years. This will be a challenging series for us,” Chandimal said. “We have never won a Test in India. So it’s a dream for us to win one this time. We need to start well in this series,” he added. Sri Lanka lost all three home Tests this year against India inside four days with Chandimal terming it their “worst ever” series.