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Bonding among the openers is helping the team: Vijay
The Tamil Nadu opener revealed that sharing feelings about selection openly with each other helps them to move on rather than keeping things brewing inside.

  

Competition among the openers is good for the team and M. Vijay welcomed it as he praised colleagues K.L. Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.

“We three are very good friends off the field and that makes it much easier. It definitely unsettles the opener, who is playing regular. Our good rapport outside the field will help us big time in the coming series and the future ahead. We three are in good form,” said Vijay on the eve of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka here.

Throwing light on the trio, Vijay observed, “We make it easier, more fun, talking about it openly and having a good chat over it rather than keeping it with oneself and making that person feel it. It is better off going in the open. Like whatever I feel or Shikhar feels, we put it out in the open so that it comes off (out) and we move forward. Basically, we are fun-loving people, do things together and have good times outside the field, which is really helping us as a team.”

Vijay insisted the team would play on the pitch that had some grass on it. “It (pitch) obviously has grass and that has been the pattern for the series. Hopefully the wicket plays good and we get a good experience before the South African tour.”

Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal viewed it differently. “If you look at the pitch here, I’m not sure they’ve prepared it for South Africa. It looks like the Nagpur pitch,” Chandimal said. “The Kolkata track was similar to the ones in South Africa but these two are not like that. I’m surprised they are saying they’re preparing for South Africa and they’ve given these pitches.”

Chandimal hinted at some changes in the team with Rangana Herath out due to injury. “Rangana is a big loss. Unfortunately, he has got a back injury. But we have Lakshan Sandakan and Jeffrey Vandersay. They have a good opportunity to play. We haven’t decided on anything yet but most probably we are going to do a few changes.”
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