The selectors have discarded Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina and confirmed that Kannur Lokesh Rahul will now occupy the No 4 slot. Kohli has his logic for each choice.
As if to back up his claim, Kohli said: "If you see the way we're playing Test cricket right now, we're getting nearly 400 runs in a day, which we didn't do too many times before". It was unfortunate that he missed out and then Manish (Pandey) got chances. They could even be slotted in the middle order it required.
"We were going to bat first here".
This will be backed by Hardik Pandya at number 7 to form a potent lower middle order while the spin bowling department will be led by Kuldeep Yadav.
India too had their share of issues with Anil Kumble stepping down as the head coach of the team following differences with Kohli. Having already scored two centuries in the Test series preceding this game, Dhawan was expected to continue his glorious run against the Islanders. "Any player whose performance is below par will be under pressure", said More reported the website.
The bottom four sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings will need to play a qualifying event, also featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League. "In the last series as well, the team batting first scored some good runs", said Tharanga.
The odds remain stacked against Sri Lanka going into the Dambulla game but if they can secure their World Cup qualification in the process, they will think that they have done quite well.
Sri Lanka will try to take inspiration from their last match against India in the Champions Trophy, where the island-nation emerged victorious after chasing over 320 runs.
Kohli is seen in a hat while Rohit Sharma was greeted by flowers by locals outside the Dambulla stadium. It has been a while that we played on this track. It's the timeframe for us... India got two extras. "You can (expect to) see a lot of changes", Kohli said. "When we won, you celebrated with us, and when we lost, you grieved alongside us", he said. Us as a team are very comfortable with starting those things off, trying things in very different ways and things will happen on their own. Kohli's Plan A is to attack.
The left-hander raised an unbeaten 197-run partnership for the second wicket with the skipper Kohli, who looked equally efficient with the bat. They simply can not afford to leak runs through buttery fingers, and will want to avoid any related mishaps. And more often than not, he gets what he wants.