Tour of Sri Lanka 2001 Captain: Saurav Ganguly 45th Test tour by India (July - September 2001) Fifth Test-playing tour of Sri Lanka by India 3 Tests under Saurav Ganguly Sri Lanka won 2-1 Other Indian tours Previous tour Zimbabwe 2000-01 Next tour South Africa 2001-02 Next Sri Lankan tour 2008-09 Members of the Test tour party (15) Opening batsmen: Shiv Sundur Das, Sadagoppan Ramesh, Middle-order batsmen: Soujrav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Hemang Badani, Mohammad Kaif Wicket-keepers: Sameer Dighe Spinners: Harbhajan Singh, Sairaj Bahutule, Rahul Sanghvi, Dinesh Mongia. Fast bowlers: Javagal Srinath, Harvinder Singh, Venkatesh Prasad, Zaheer Khan.
H K Badani TN 24 LHB ODI S V Bahutule Mb 28 LB (LHB) S S Das Os 23 RHB opener S S Dighe Mb 32 RHB WK ODI R S Dravid K 28 RHB vice-captain ODI S C Ganguly Bn 29 LHB captain ODI Harbhajan Singh Pj 21 OB ODI Harvinder Singh Rly 23 RFM Mohammad Kaif UP 20 RHB D Mongia Pj 24 LHB SLA B K V Prasad K 31 RFM S Ramesh TN 25 LHB opener R L Sanghvi D 26 SLA ODI J Srinath K 31 RFM S R Tendulkar Mb 28 RHB Zaheer Khan Ba 22 LFM ODI Part of the tour party only for the A B Agarkar ODI one-day internationals A Khurasiya ODI V V S Laxman ODI D S Mohanty ODI A Nehra ODI Reetinder Singh Sodhi ODI V Sehwag ODI Yuvraj Singh ODI Representation of teams: Ba - Baroda (1) Bn - Bengal (1) B - Bombay (3) D - Delhi (2) Hd - Hyderabad (2) Hy - Haryana (2) K - Karnataka (2) MP - Madhya Pradesh (1) Pj - Punjab (2) Rj - Rajasthan (1) TN - Tamil Nadu (1 Average age of team at time of first Test match (14 August 2001) : 25 yrs 11 months ODI : Part of the Coca Cola Cup squad Test Appearances made before the tour Tendulkar 84, Srinath 52, Dravid 45, Ganguly 43, Prasad 30, Ramesh 16, Harbhajan 13, Das 8, Zaheer 5, Dighe 3, Harvinder 2, Badani 1, Bahutule 1, Mohammad Kaif 1, Sanghvi 1, D Mongia 0. Team Officials
Anant Mate Manager Assistant Manager John Wright Coach Trainer Andrew Leipus Physiotherapist Selectors Chairman Chandu Borde, arrived in Mumbai two hours late from Pune due to torrential rains. Other members of the selection committee were NS Yadav, AO Malhotra, S Madan Lal and TA Sekhar Selection Unavailable Anil Kumble (recovering from right shoulder surgery) Sachin Tendulkar (at first - toe fractured in Zimbabwe). Tendulkar was then chosen subject to fitness test, with Jacob Martin standing by. The one-day squad (for the tri-series) was named 9 July : T hree or four players wiould be picked for the Test series. The ODI series ended on 5 August. The Test squad was chosen on 2 August Unavailable for Test series: Laxman (knee) and Nehra (groin) Kumble was still injured Test tour party announced : 2 August Tendulkar was chosen subject to fitness test on 1 August, with Jacob Martin standing by. Time between selection and departure from India 7 days (9 July - 16 July) Test team announced 17 days after arrival in Sri Lanka Travel Members of the team arrived in trickles to the five-star hotel close to the airport, from various cities on 15 July, ready to leave for Colombo on Monday afternoon 16 July. The team departed from Chennai Airport and arrived to a rousing reception and press conference at the Taj Samudra Hotel. Tendulkar was intended to leave on 1 August to play in the ODI match on August 2. Srinath, Ramesh and Prasad arrived on 7 August. Time spent in Sri Lanka 49 days (16 July - 3 September) On-tour selection Ganguly (captain), Dravid (vice-captain), Tendulkar, Wright (coach) Reinforcements At end of ODI series, VVS Laxman (injured right knee cartilage) and Ashish Nehra (strained left groin) had to leave for India for investigation and treatment. Sachin Tendulkar was pronounced unfit to take part on 10 August and Baroda's Jacob Martin flew to Colombo on Sunday morning 12 August. Javagal Srinath suffered a fracture in his left hand's little finger after being struck by a Dilharo Fernando delivery in the Galle Test and he returned to Bangalore. The Indian Board decided the team would manage without a replacement and the tour management's request for Ajit Agarkar to replace Srinath was rejected. Fixtures/Results
§ Colombo (RPS) New Zealand (1st ODI) Lost 84r § Colombo (RPS) Sri Lanka (2nd ODI) Lost 6r § Colombo (RPS) New Zealand (3rd ODI) Lost 67r § Colombo (RPS) Sri Lanka (4th ODI) Won 7w § Colombo (SSC) Sri Lanka (5th ODI) Won 46 r § Colombo (SSC) New Zealand (6th ODI) Won 7w § Colombo (RPS) Sri Lanka (ODI Final) Lost 121 r Colombo (SSC) SL Board XI Drawn GALLE SRI LANKA First Test LOST 10w KANDY SRI LANKA Second Test WON 7w COLOMBO (SSC) SRI LANKA Third Test LOST inns 77 r RPS: Premadasa Stadium SSC: Sinhalese Sports Club PSS: P Saravannamutu Stadium † not first-class § one-day international Time spent in Sri Lanka before First Test: 29 days 16 July - 14 August) Test appearances on tour 3 - Badani, Das, Dighe, Dravid, Ganguly, Harbhajan, Kaif, Prasad, Ramesh, Zaheer Khan 1 - Bahutule, Harvinder Singh, Srinath. 0 - Highlights • There were no centuries for India in the series, the nearest being 98* by Ganguly at Kandy. Meanwhile the Sri Lankans scored seven, including four in the innings at Colombo (SSC). • • Tour Summary
P W L D Aban Test Matches 3 1 2 0 - Other first-class matches 1 0 0 1 - ϯMinor matches 0 - - - - § One-day internationals 7 3 4 0 - All Matches 11 4 6 1 - Return to India V V S Laxman (knee) and Ashish Nehra (groin injury) were forced to return home early. The one-day players Virender Sehwag, Amay Khurasia, Yuvraj Singh, RS Sodhi, Ajit Agarkar and Debashis Mohanty also returned home. The Test squad arrived back in Chennai from Colombo on 3 September 2001. John Wright flew back to New Zealand for a short holiday before the South African tour. Time away from India 49 days (depart Ind to 3 September) Finances Published accounts of the tour