India would be entering the Test series riding high on confidence following their remarkable win in the Border-Gavaskar series against Australia.
On Sunday, Root played a 186-run knock, with the help of 18 boundaries, during England's first innings in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium.
At stumps on day three, England's score reads 339/9, still trailing the hosts by 42 runs
England are still 283 runs behind with eight wickets in hand
Root's 228 had provided England a strong total of 421 and a meaningful first innings lead of 286, but Thirimanne stood firm for two sessions to remain unbeaten on 76 off 189 balls
The cricketers, who are confined to their rooms in hotels, took to social media for killing the time. Smith too took to his handle on Instagram, he asked his fans to pose questions and owed to answer them.
For ODI Player of the Decade, Kohli, Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), de Villiers, Rohit Sharma (India), MS Dhoni (India), and Sangakkara have been nominated
England paceman became only the fourth bowler - and the first seamer - to take 600 wickets in test cricket
Finding themselves at 117/5 while chasing a target of 277, Woakes and Buttler's ballistic 139-run stand for the seventh wicket brought England right back into the chase
Mohammad Abbas took two wickets while Shaheen Afridi struck once after Shan Masood's 156 off 319 balls helped Pakistan to a first innings total of 326
Root's men came from behind to regain the Wisden Trophy, with a comprehensive 269-run victory in the third Test at Old Trafford on Tuesday sealing the hosts' fightback.
On Monday, England defeated West Indies by 113 runs at the Old Trafford to level the series.