Hello guys! Welcome to another article on cricket. Yes we know that you all are really happy and enthusiastic because of a enthralling series victory against the mighty Aus! The happiness is doubled as we all know that India went on a down-ward spiral in the 1st ODI and everyone taunted that India had sold the series trophy down the river, but in just a matter of few days, India were able to turn the tables big time against the Aussie challenge. Yes, the last 2 games were really challenging and high scoring as it goes without saying, but it was all about the desire to win and making a comeback for India, as earlier there were a lot of question marks posted in front of Kohli and his team, regarding the batting positions and team combination after they got their back against the wall in the 1st ODI. But if we have a look at the track record, India has the uncanny ability to comeback from dire states and take-away the close matches, this majorly can be credited to the efforts of our fast bowlers accuracy in the end (Bumrah, Shami), and also laying a solid foundation at the start of the innings (Rohit, Dhawan) especially in the home conditions, and not to mention the brilliant fielding efforts
Well coming back to the recently concluded series, in the 2nd ODI we saw the Indian batting unleash, with everyone contributing with the bat. KL Rahul looked to make merry of the awesome batting conditions as he struck a fierce 80 runs, and Dhawan who fell just 4 short of a well-deserved 100 (96 runs), and captain Kohli smacking a half-century. Rest, was all up-to the Indian bowlers, initially the runs were coming thick and fast, but the effort of Shami and Kuldeep who also got his 100th ODI wicket in the same match saw India wining the match comfortably by 28 runs
Coming to the decider i.e the 3rd ODI of the series saw Australia getting a good start from Aaron Finch, but a brilliant delivery by Shami got the priced scalp of David Warner, Smith and Finch look to steady the innings but a bit of Yes and No from Smith got Finch run-out at the non-strikers end, but Smith kept the captain’s faith and went on to score a brilliant innings of 131 runs after he was caught by a brilliant effort from Shreyas Iyer, and Marnus Labuschagne also chipping in with a half-century. But the over-all score of 287 was never going to be enough for Aus to defend especially on a flat batting track. What followed next was a genius and battling century from Rohit Sharma who was equally supported by his captain king Kohli who also scored 89 runs before getting out to Hazlewood, the finishing touches were provided by Shreyas Iyer who showed an aggresive intent against the likes of Starc and Hazlewood, and finished off the match with a boundary, which showcased India’s dominance and completely sumed up Australia’s performance for the day.
The main takeaway from this series was KL Rahul’s wicket-keeping and solid batting form, as Kohli also pointed out in the post-match interview and said that KL Rahul wicket-keeping duties allows the team to have an extra batsman, this statement comes in the light of absence of MS Dhoni from the team and India not able to find a stable wicket-keepers after the veterans hiatus from the game. As India has tried pant, but he has not been proven to be that effective, although he has the potential to become a good wk. But in the end the batting performance in the middle-order has also to be looked upon, KL Rahul has passed this test of batting and wicket-keeping quite successfully, but he will need to keep this consistency in the overseas matches as well, and has to come up to the occasion every time the team demands of him.
Alright guys that was our brief take on the series between Ind and Aus, We all hope that India does exceedingly well in the New-Zealand tour as well as they do have the requisite bench-strength and right team combination to go forward. We will be back with the preview for the NZ series as well, with all the facts and figures. Until next time it’s Sayonara from your host Parth Minawala and the Cookie Way team!