The Men in Blue lost the fifth and final match of the recently concluded ODI series against Australia and lost the series 3-2. The Virat Kohli & Co. were unable to chase 272 in their allotted 50 overs and were bundled out for 237 on the last ball of the 50th over at Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in Delhi.
The root cause for India’s loss was once again the number four spot, who failed to give stability to the Indian innings. Left-handed Rishabh Pant came at number four in yesterday’s match and while he started his knock with positivity but got dismissed on the score of 16 by Nathan Lyon.
While the confusion regarding the number four slot and second wicketkeeper’s position remain, the captain of the Indian team Virat Kohli has revealed that they are ‘sorted’ about the combinations they have to use for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which starts from May 30th.
However, he also admitted that one place is still up for grabs in the Indian side.
Kohli said, “We are more or less sorted. Now, it is about giving guys their roles and expect them to stand up. We are not at all confused. Maybe there is just one spot we have to discuss. Last three games, the idea was to give fringe guys some game time and see how they react. No excuses, we are expected to raise our standard of cricket. The changes will never be an excuse. We will still take a lot of confidence going into the World Cup.”
The 30-year-old cricketer also admitted that he expects his players to learn from the mistakes that they committed in this series and take some corrective measures going into the highly prestigious event.
“It is good we have had these losses, to correct these at the World Cup. The guys will reflect on this series quite a bit. We have been playing a lot of games on the road. We can be proud of the cricket that we have played in the last few months. The series did not go well yes, but we have played well.”
The Indian skipper concluded by praising the ‘brave’ Australian team for playing the game with utmost passion and said they deserved to win the series.
Virat concluded, “We certainly thought it was a gettable target, they got away from us in the end, 15-20 more than what we could have kept them too. Overall, the Aussies deserved to win, they played with more passion, hunger, and heart. They were brave in pressure situations and the way they raised their intensity meant they were deserving winners.”
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar