Five takeaways from India's 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka

Lasith Malinga Graham Ford

Virat Kohli scored a composed century, his 30th in ODI cricket to see India through. We didn't play well. We were outplayed in the series.

For Sri Lanka, sensible knocks from middle-order batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) helped them recover to some extent after a disastrous start which saw them lose their top three batsmen within the first ten overs. "Getting a Man-of-the Series award in the subcontinent as a fast bowler - it's always a great thing to achieve".

"We lacked consistency. We didn't bat, bowl or field well". But for the fourth ODI, he made three changes, bringing in Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey and Kuldeep Yadav for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal respectively.

Sri Lanka batting coach Avishka Gunawardene says the confidence level of the team is very low after being drubbed by India in the ODIs and emphasised that his players need to work on the mental aspect of the game.

With the Test and ODI series his bag without much sweat, Kohli now turned his focus on the upcoming limited-overs series against Australia later this month.

Only Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar is above the pair on the all-time list of ODI hundreds with 49. Almost half the number of runs he has scored in his ODI career have come in successful run chases, with 17 of his 30 ODI centuries helping him in that endeavour.

The 28-year-old Kohli, who was part of India's World Cup winning team in 2011, wants to have an "X factor" in the bowling line-up at the quadrennial showpiece event. We have been playing some good and consistent cricket for some time. Already the Indian Cricket team won the series 4-0 against Sri Lanka.

The home side did not cross the line then because Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in the way, and since then it has been on the hunt for that elusive victory.

Kusal Mendis' recent string of poor scores may be a result of mental fatigue.

At one stage of the game it looked like the hosts would post a total well in excess of 280 when they were cruising at 185-3 in the 39th over.

The two teams will play a Twenty20 global on Wednesday at the same venue.

Earlier, he was tied at 99 stumping in the 50-over format with legendary Sri Lankan keeper Kumara Sangakkara.

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