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Dhananjaya de Silva was dropped later from the series against Pakistan in UAE AFP (File Photo)

It was just a year ago when Dhananjaya de Silva made his Test debut against Australia as a middle-order batsman. He went on to score 129 in the very Test, while later, it was followed by another century, during the tour of Zimbabwe in October. However, it was the tour of South Africa, where he literally struggled to score, while he was dropped later from the series against Pakistan in UAE. It was the Sri Lanka A tour of West Indies, where he got his rhythm back and was recalled back to the national side, as he prepares to make a comeback in the third and final Test against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan team management is mulling to push Dhananjaya top the order, while he looks to take the challenge. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 3rd Test at Delhi

On batting in the top order

“I have opened in T20 Internationals and ODIs before but Test cricket, this will be the first time it will happen. The possibilities of opening the innings have been discussed as it is not something new for me. It will be a challenge against a very good Indian attack and I am looking forward to that challenge,” said Dhananjaya, as reported by Cricbuzz.

On his debut and initial struggle

“I started off well and then failed in two series and missed out. The South African tour was a big disappointment. It was very tough to miss out. I was sent back to the ‘A’ team and did reasonably well and was brought back to the side. I didn’t do too many changes when I was with the ‘A’ team. Avishka Gunawardene is the coach of ‘A’ team and he worked on simple things like watching the ball closely and playing the ball on merit. Once I started doing those basics right, the runs started coming and it feels good. You go through tough patches and the important thing is to come out of them strongly.”

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, preview and likely XI: India's chance to fine-tune gears before South Africa
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On Sri Lanka’s chances in 3rd Test

“The batsmen need to score runs. Why we have lost games is because the batsmen have failed. If the batsmen put runs on the board, the bowlers will take wickets and we are working hard to improve on our batting.”

On his role in the playing XI

“I will be playing like an all-rounder, I think. I have been doing a lot of bowling as well and looking forward to it. But my main role will be as a batsman and what the team needs from me most is runs. So my main focus is on batting and maybe I will be called up to bowl ten overs or so.”