Eight people were killed and seven Sri Lankan players were left injured in a terrorist attack five years ago. International cricket has since stayed out of the country, leaving local fans aching for action on the field.
Virat Kohli is the joint-fastest to reach 5,000 ODI runs with West Indian great Sir Vivian Richards. He has also slammed 19 tons, 12 of which have come in successful run chases.
While India's regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested due to a side strain, ever other team barring Afghanistan also has a list of players who will miss playing in Asia Cup due to injuries.
Calls to remove the Indian cricket team captain on the basis of poor overseas performances were not that common earlier but now fans have started to believe that India can win abroad. However, in this case as before, it will also depend on what opinion the senior members of the team have of MS Dhoni.
NDTV looks at five problem areas that Team India needs to focus on following losses suffered in 4 successive away series.
Left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson took career-best match figures of 12-127 in the first Test against South Africa. South Africa allrounder Ryan McLaren was ruled out of the second Test with concussion after being hit on the side of the helmet by a Johnson bouncer.
Kuldeep Yadav, the 19-year-old from Kanpur, created waves in United Arab Emirates when he became the first Indian to take a hat-trick in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He is a rare breed of 'Chinaman' bowlers.
The World Cup will return Down Under after a gap of 23 years - the last edition here was way back in 1992. While India will enter the tournament as defending champions, 13 other teams will look to grab the trophy in the tournament that will be played between February 14 and March 29.
Himachal Pradesh right-arm medium-fast bowler Rishi Dhawan, who was the highest wicket-taker in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season, became the second most expensive uncapped player in the Indian Premier League this year when he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore in the 2014 Players' Auction.
Karn Sharma got the best out of a level playing field in the Indian Premier League auction. A Grade III Railway employee with a monthly salary of Rs 17000, Karn struck a goldmine when Sunrisers Hyderabad retained the Meerut all-rounder by paying a record Rs 3.75 crore for an "uncapped" player.
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