India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha says he does not feel the Sri Lanka series starting from Thursday will help in preparing for the upcoming South Africa tour early next year.
India blanked a hapless Sri Lanka 9-0 across all formats in August.
India have been near-invincible at home in recent times and in the upcoming three Tests, three ODIs and three T20s, they are also expected to win convincingly.
Pujara recently said that the series would give him a “good opportunity” to prepare for the tough assignment ahead.
Saha said “It’s not like the Sri Lanka series is to prepare for South Africa. It’s a stand-alone series. Every Test is a challenge, and we will take it match by match, as a team and as individuals”.
India will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20 internationals against the Proteas.