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Media and entertainment company Star India demonstrated a big appetite and business acumen for an Indian cricket property by acquiring the IPL’s global broadcasting and digital rights for a consolidated sum of ?16, 347.5 crore ($ 3.16 billion) for a period of five years, starting from the 11th edition of IPL 2018.

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The Indian team were so clinical across all formats in Sri Lanka, that Virat Kohli's side has drawn comparisons with perhaps the greats of Rugby - The All Blacks. "You look at their team and they are very All Blacklike," SL coach Pothas said. "There's a lot of respect for the facilities and there's a lot of respect for the opposition. They are very ruthless in the way they go about their work. Their work ethic is immense. They are what a lot of teams aspire to be. The most important thing for us is learning from our mistakes, but most importantly: learning from them." A compliment from an opposition coach is the best a team can strive for.

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A confirmation of India's home season fixtures arrived with the BCCI releasing the schedule for eight ODIs and six T20Is to be played against Australia and New Zealand starting September 17. Limited-overs cricket will return to dominate India cricket team’s home season as the country hosts Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka between late September and December. Virat Kohli-led India are ranked No. 1 in Tests and last year played 13 of the long-format matches during a bumper home season against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.

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India will return to England next year for a five-Test series, just like in 2014, after Pakistan kickstart England's home summer with two Tests at the end of May. While Pakistan will play no limited-overs matches, Australia will arrive for five ODIs and a lone T20I in June, before India visit for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests over two months.

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India completed the Sri Lankan annihilation in style at the R Premadasa Stadium. Following their 3-0 Test series sweep, India whitewashed the Lankans 5-0 in the ODIs with a six-wicket victory. Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front in the final ODI, hitting back-to-back centuries to equal Ricky Ponting's 30 ODI hundreds, after Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed his maiden five wicket haul to bowl out the hosts. Since the advent of 20-over cricket, this is the seventh instance of a team winning all matches of a tour across formats and only the third instance of the visitors doing so. India is also only the second team to have won nine matches in a bilateral tour.

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India completed an innings and 53-run against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo to seal their consecutive series win. This was India’s eighth series on the trot and only Australia has a better record with nine consecutive series win from 2005 to 2008. Virat Kohli also became the first captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka.

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