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It was just a few months back when visitors India annihilated Sri Lanka in their own den, as they inflicted a 9-0 whitewash over them. The scars from the previous tour are still afresh. However, Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas is confident that his side is matured, and have learnt from the mistakes during the previous series. It was following the series against India that the Sri Lankans went to UAE and managed to tame Pakistan with a 2-0 win the two-Test series, as they look to carry the confidence and winning momentum forward in the upcoming Test series against India as well. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 1st Test at Eden Gardens

On his take on the previous and upcoming series

“Thanks for reminding us now [the defeats]. It’s always a pleasure to come here and challenge ourselves against a very very good team. We learnt how Indian team does well and the areas we needed to improve,” said Pothas, as reported by PTI. Chandimal: SL looking forward to take challenge against IND

On the strategies planned in such a short time

“It’s internal — the discipline, the culture and how the teams stick together. When we took on India, we were all pretty new from the support staff and the players involved. We focus on ourselves. The mistake you can make here is come and be infatuated with the Indian side and concentrating too much on them. We know they are a good side. But we played them months ago. We are concentrating on our strengths and jobs. If we execute them well, it will be a challenging series. Not many teams have come here and won. Sometimes you can get hung up on weaknesses. We go the other way and focus on what we do well.”

On the series against Pakistan in UAE

“It was a completely different series against Pakistan. We were there in 41 degrees heat and they had lost two legends. That probably made a little bit easier for us.”