Kolkata, Nov 14 (CNMSPORTS) India vice captain Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday said they are not taking Sri Lanka lightly despite recently humbling the tourists 9-0 across all formats in their own den.
India play three Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against the Islanders. The first rubber starts on Thursday at the Eden Gardens here.
"This series is completely different compared to how we played in Sri Lanka. We know the conditions here but we are not taking Sri Lanka lightly. We had a good series in Sri Lanka," Rahane told reporters here two days ahead of the first Test.
"For us every match and series is important before going to South Africa (in January) but I feel we are just focussing on this series right now, first game in Calcutta. We just want to think about our game rather than thinking about their combination or their strengths."
Rahane was seen practicing a lot of reverse sweep during practice on Monday. Asked about the reason, the Mumbai right-handed batsman said: "It is important to improve your game day by day when you are practicing in the nets. It is important to evolve.