KL Rahul, Virat Kohli celebrate Upul Tharanga's wicket with a dab

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"Not being able to play cricket was tough, but once I am back I am really happy; and even happier I could start off with a fifty and make some contribution to the team.I have been injured a few times, which is very unfortunate and which is very disappointing".

One person perhaps not in the mood to celebrate Pujara's achievement will be Rahul (57) who was run out after a mix up and left the field muttering that it was his call.

India declared their first innings at 622 for 9, and when Sri Lanka's first wicket fell without putting up any resistance on Day Two of the ongoing Colombo Test, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were seen indulging in a "dab" celebration which in a way signifies the mundaneness of the proceedings. Each time I've done a silly mistake and that's how it is. Once again, India posted a total in excess of 600 - sixth such instance of this Indian team achieving a target under Kohli - and also most under any captain, on Friday. "It's kind of taught me to value my position, value my opportunities each time I go out on to the middle", Rahul said after the day's play. "But I have enjoyed the challenge", said Rahul.

The pitch: The pitch was on the slower side and I think it will take turn as the days go.

"We as sportsmen, we're not used to just sitting at home and being at home all day". It takes you a couple of games to get back into your groove as an opening batsman, understand where your off-stump is, to understand what pace you have to play at, how many shots are too many shots, how slow is too slow... That was the biggest challenge for me but the minute I walked out onto the middle, I was very happy more than anything else.

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"I wasn't upset with him". Each time I bat, I will want to get more and more runs. Run outs happen. It could have been him who got run out and it could have been my mistake. Disappointing that I have not been able to convert the starts but that will keep me more hungry.

However, Dhawan, who returned to Test cricket with a 190-run knock in the Galle Test, got out LBW off the bowling from Dilruwan Perera at this individual score of 35. I was disappointed about that.

"So I was disappointed that I got out at that time", he said.

Rahane ended a barren run which had seen him not record a Test century since November a year ago when he hit 188 against New Zealand at Indore.

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