India defeats Australia to win ODI series

India defeats Australia to win ODI series

India defeats Australia to win ODI series

"Because we brought in Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav, we didn't want Karthik to change his spot because he is doing a good job", Kohli reasoned when asked about the experimentation at No.4.

Rayudu was backed for the position by Kohli during the home series against West Indies past year.

The Virat Kohli-led side started their tour with a three-match Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) series that ended in a 1-1 draw, followed by a historic first-ever 2-1 Test series win for India on Australian soil. The triumph came as a massive morale-booster after unsuccessful tours of South Africa and England a year ago. "And he was more himself from that game on, and he built onto this knock today", Kohli said.

"He batted at number four in 2016 for a while, if I am not wrong".

Kohli also heaped praises on middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav, who despite being benched for the opening two ODIs, grabbed the opportunity with both hands in the final ODI, as the right-hander scored an unbeaten 61 and more importantly forged an 121-run unbeaten stand with Dhoni to see India home by 7 wickets.

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"Our strength as a side has been unpredictability".

While the No.4 spot has haunted India for quite some time until Rayudu was picked based on his IPL exploits a year ago, there have also been questions regarding which spot in that middle-order suits MS Dhoni the best, at a time when the former captain seems to be losing some of his big-hitting powers.

The skipper said each one of his teammates delivered when it mattered and that has made the side supremely confident for the World Cup in England, which starts May 30. He also accounted for Aaron Finch (14) for a third successive time in the series, trapping him leg before in the ninth over, immediately after his previous delivery had been declared a dead ball for bowling from behind the umpire. "If everyone is contributing in different stages then only you can win a big tournament", he said.

"It's been an wonderful tour for us".

Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal led the way for India, celebrating his ODI recall at the expense of mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav with career-best figures of 6-42. Chahal then came on to bowl and changed the course of this innings within four balls.

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