Cheteshwar Pujara made a triumphanr comeback to international cricket © PTI
Cheteshwar Pujara made a triumphanr comeback to international cricket © PTI

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored an unbeaten century in the first innings in the first innings of the third Test at Colombo (SSC), said that facing the new ball was challenging but his experience in international cricket helped him overcome it and made full use of the opportunity presented to him. Pujara missed the first two Tests, but was given an opportunity in the third Test after Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan were injured. Pujara on his part said,”It was a very good opportunity for me, we were 1-1 and we won the series now. Facing the new ball was challenging, it was an opportunity as well. My preparation was good, and my experience in International cricket has helped.” READ: India defeat Sri Lanka in third Test in Colombo by 117 runs, take series 2-1

Mathews conceded that poor batting let them down. “Disappointed, especially after winning a crucial toss and them batting in demanding conditions. Our batting flopped again. The bowlers were outstanding. And then after giving them a 100-run lead, we did not bat well. We could have kept them under 300 in the first innings. READ: Ishant Sharma banned; to miss 1st Test vs South Africa in November

“The bowlers bowled pretty well, but India batted well. Our first innings batting was crucial, we needed to get close to 300. Thought if me and Kusal could have stayed there longer, it could have been different. But they bowled really well,” said the Lankan skipper, who was the best batsman from either side in the whole series. India registered a series win on Sri Lankan soil for the first time in 22 years. this series win also marked the first win for Virat Kohli as skipper since taking over from MS DhoniLahiru Thirimanne, Dhammika Prasad fined 50 per cent of match fees after India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test