For all the above successes of Team India, he, of course, plays the most crucial role, himself being the torch-bearer of the journeys.
After winning the first three matches of the five-match ODI series, India went into the fourth ODI with just two things in their mind, giving chances to the players who were warming the bench in the series and the second one being a win in the match.
The fifth ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be played on September 3, 2017. Save for that 35-minute crowd disruption at Pallekele, and one collapse against Akila Dananjaya, nearly nothing in the tour so far has been objectionable.
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Sri Lanka will now have to see how West Indies perform in a one-off ODI against Ireland and five ODIs against England.
Set a mammoth target of 376 for victory, the islanders never really got going with only Angelo Mathews managing to keep his head high with a back-to-the-wall 70 off 80 balls. He seemed to have a little zip with the ball as well - two wickets falling off one of his overs. Nevertheless, Pandey said he had planned to begin batting at around the 35th over, which is exactly when he entered after Hardik and Rohit were dismissed by Angelo Mathews off consecutive deliveries.
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"I was also waiting for this chance and I am glad that I got it now". With Tharanga returning to the XI, however, Lahiru Thirimanne may have to move down the order.
India did not have the greatest of starts as they lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second over itself. Ajinkya Rahane is likely to take his spot.
The 36-year-old has been at the peak of his powers as India's "finisher" in the series against Sri Lanka ending unbeaten in all three of his innings so far.
Sri Lanka, in a transition phase, will expect their young guns to give it back to the visitors in the final ODI if they are to escape another humiliating whitewash.
The India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI will be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. It was under the legendary leg-spinner's watch that Team India achieved massive success in their grand home season of Test cricket in 2016-17.
"The heartbreaking incidents of unruly behaviour we witnessed at Pallakele last Sunday were the last straw for us, and we feel that it will serve this sport we love better if we step down, rather than allow the influence of these dark elements to poison the minds of our people".