The current India squad (above) posseses only four players to have played Test against Sri Lanka    AFP
The current India squad (above) posseses only four players to have played Test against Sri Lanka AFP

With just hours to go before the opening Test between India and Sri Lanka kick off on Wednesday at the Galle International Stadium in Galle, both teams are preparing to go out with all guns blazing, especially India as they have not won a single Test series in the neighbouring island nation over the past 22 years. The current Indian team, which is mostly filled with young guns are also inexperienced in terms of having played Test against Lanka. However, the most interesting fact that the squad posseses is the only four players to have played Test against Lanka, in the form of Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay and Harbhajan Singh. Aggressive India look to dominate Sri Lanka in Test series

Amit Mishra

The man from Hyderabad has so far just played a couple of Tests against the neighbouring island nation and has come up with an average performance, claiming five wickets for 390 runs with an economy of 6.65 and an average of 249.75. No five wicket haul as thet first match he played was in Ahmedabad, where he claimed only a wicket in 2009, while the next game was in 2010 at Colombo, where he claimed four for 187, that was critically acclaimed. Virat Kohli says he doesn’t like to relate his batting with captaincy

Harbhajan Singh

He is the senior-most player in the side at present, having tons of playing experience with the island nation and has the most success in the team so far. claiming 52 wickets, that include a couple of 10-wickets haul, including one of the spell at this very venue in 2008, while the second spell came in 2005 at Ahmedabad. Apart from the 10-wicket hauls, he also has a couple of five-wicket hauls at Kanpur and Mumbai in 2009. Kumar Sangakkara: Always strived to play that Sachin Tendulkar-like straight drive

Ishant Sharma

The second most experienced lad in the squad, he has played seven matches and has claimed 15 wickets. Although he spell does not involve a single five-wicket haul, he has been a consistent performer against the Lankans and is sure to fire in this very series as well, considering his sudden bounce back to form and would surely expect to continue his good run for a long-run in the team. Ravi Shastri claims India will ‘play to win’ under Virat Kohli

Murali Vijay

The third most experienced lad in the side with an experience of four matches. The batsman has a seemingly average performance against the island nation, scoring just 188 runs. Although, being the technically sound performer in the longest format of the game, he is expected to fire well and score high in the series. Despite being ruled out of the first Test at galle, he is still a big contendor to be the top-scorer of the series. India vs Sri Lanka 2015, 1st Test at Galle preview