New Delhi - Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Friday
mocked India's claim of preparing green tracks for the ongoing series and said
his side was focused only on winning the final Test against the hosts.
The visitors trail the three-match series 1-0 after
suffering a record innings and 239-run defeat in the previous match in Nagpur.
The first Test in Kolkata ended in a draw.
India's team management says they have laid out fast-paced
pitches to prepare for their next challenge - a tough away Test series against
South Africa in January and February.
"If you look at the wicket (in New Delhi), I am not
sure that they are preparing for South Africa," Chandimal told reporters
ahead of the final Test, which starts at New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground on
"The Kolkata wicket looked like a South African wicket
but not these two," he said, referring to the pitches in Nagpur and New
"They are thinking about the next series. We as a team
are thinking about this series," the visiting captain added.
Sri Lanka's batting has floundered so far this tour, with
big names like Angelo Mathews failing to counter Indian bowlers.
But Chandimal sprung to the defence of his former skipper,
saying the visitors' batting woes were not down to one player.
"There are other senior batsmen and even the
youngsters, they have to take responsibility when they are in the middle,"
the Sri Lankan captain said.
"That's a problem we have (had) over the last
one-and-a-half years. The top five batsmen especially have to play long
Sri Lanka suffered a 9-0 whitewash across all formats when
India toured the island nation between July and September this year.
They have never won a Test on Indian soil, but Chandimal
said the visitors have not given up hope.
"On that day, if we can do well then definitely we can
compete with the Indian team," he said.