Hardik Pandya’s performance was the biggest positive of Sri Lanka series: Kohli

Vastavam web: Hardik Pandya’s performance in his debut Test series was the biggest positive of the three- match rubber against Sri Lanka, said Indian captain Virat Kohli after completing a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts here on Monday.”The regulars have performed, but the biggest positive would be Hardik’s inclusion and the way he shaped up in these three Test matches,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation after India won the third Test by an innings and 171 runs.”The kind of confidence he showed with the ball and the maturity with the bat, it really gives us a lot of boost and the balance,” said Kohli.Though India won the series with ease, Kohli gave due respect to their opponents.

“We are a young side, we look forward to play Test cricket, we look forward to play every single Test match with the same kind of excitement and that is the only way you can be ruthless,” he said.”We like to be prepared before hand and be proactive rather than being reactive. We have age on our side and we have an opportunity to play together for five, six years for the country.”Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal had no qualms in saying that his team’s performance was below par.”This was a tough series for us. Credit to India for playing outstanding cricket throughout the series. Our batting and bowling was below par. We need to stand up as a team,” said Chandimal.