Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

No excuse, no panic - Kohli sees big picture in Australia loss

No excuse, no panic - Kohli sees big picture in Australia loss

"Australia played with more passion, hunger and heart and they deserved to win", Kohli said in the post-match press conference.

Many have pointed out that Dhoni's experience is vital for India as the team heads to the World Cup.

Former Australia's opening batsman also said he was "incredibly proud" of his side.

Marcus Stoinis, returning from a thumb injury, and Ashton Turner, another hero from Australia's thrilling fourth ODI win, both contributed 20, and Jhye Richardson added a breezy 29 down the order, but wickets continued to tumble and a score of 272 was ultimately all the tourists could muster.

Australia's Test series defeat in December to January was their first to India on home soil, and they also went down 2-1 to the visitors in a three-match ODI series. "They deserve all the credit in coming to India and winning", Katich said. "Eventually, everyone will know no one wants to miss the bus to the World Cup and cost the team good balance".

- Kuldeep Yadav conceded 74 runs while taking a wicket in the final ODI played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground which is now his second-most expensive bowling figures in ODIs.

Usman Khawaja hit a second ODI century of the tour of India
Usman Khawaja hit a second ODI century of the tour of India

Australia now head to the UAE to play Pakistan in a five-match series starting March 22 before the 50-over World Cup begins in late May in England and Wales.

Shankar has come a long way since his disastrous debut in the Nidahas T20 tri-series and could be a solid all-round option going forward for India if he continues to develop. The record is held by former Windies pacer Patrick Paterson who took 17 wickets in 1987/88.

Australia's tour of India featured seven games; two T20s and five ODIs. The previous highest was of 84 runs between Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar at Vadodara in 2009. Those small moments in the game, to just let them drift away and India win the series. Australia won just two ODI matches past year, the fewest ODI victories since 1978 when it played only two one-day internationals.

It was a reborn Khawaja that forced India's hand on their own turf - even his dismissal in Delhi brought something out in India skipper Virat Kohli, who knew his side was under pressure.

To express solidarity with the Indian soldiers killed in the February 14 attack, Indian cricketers wore camouflaged army caps during the third ODI against Australia - which they lost owing to a thrashing performance again by Usman Khawaja. Moreover, this was India's first ODI series defeat under the leadership of Virat Kohli at home. A couple of spots are still up for grabs and even those are expected to be filled after the ongoing ODI series against Australia.

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