Chennai: India 'A' coach Rahul Dravid, who spent some quality time with Test captain Virat Kohli advised him to make Virender Sehwag's unbeaten 201 at Galle (in 2008) as a reference frame for facing the Sri Lankan tweakers this time round.
Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid
"If you see the way that series (2008) went, Ajantha Mendis was a revelation (he took six wickets in that innings). Mendis was really troubling batsmen. That was the game that Viru bhai actually took him on and whacked him. Couple of days back, I spoke about that innings with Rahul Dravid. He (Dravid) said that is the best innings of Virender Sehwag's in his career," said Kohli.
"That innings personally taught me how to play in Sri Lanka against their spinners in their conditions. I am sure lot of batsmen would want to watch it again throughout the series," said Kohli.
Incidentally, Sehwag scored 201 out of 329 in that Indian innings where eight players failed to get into double digits. "I saw the whole of that innings and the way he (Sehwag) batted even with the lower order still so backing himself throughout. That teaches a lot specially to youngsters who want to cement a place or make a mark in Test cricket."