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

Annette Crawford
March 17, 2019

Australia came from behind to record a 3-2 series win, an improbable result after the first two matches when they were down 0-2.

"We are more or less sorted with what we want to do", Kohli said after India's 35-run loss in the series decider at New Delhi.

Cummins proved a nightmare for India's openers during the series, regularly striking with the new ball. We are just going to enjoy this series win at the moment.

Cummins grabbed 14 wickets at 15.71 in the five matches and would have earned man-of-the-series honours if not for Usman Khawaja's efforts.

Although the former captains will be eligible for selection once their bans expire on March 28, they won't make their global comebacks until at least the Cricket World Cup.

RICKY Ponting has backed under-performing opener Aaron Finch to lead Australia in the World Cup, making the surprising claim his form slump may actually have arrived at the flawless time.

"That's why I've been so pleased with this group of players, it's been about "we" - we've talked about "we". We have got to keep our heads down, keep working hard. Any of half a dozen teams have virtually an equal chance of winning the trophy and it all depends on how they are able to raise their game and play above their potential in the matches.

India May Benefit From Series Defeat in the Long Run
Australia hoping for a back to back World cup win

It wasn't the most ideal of preparations for the upcoming ICC World Cup as India fell to their first ODI series defeat at home since 2015 but skipper Virat Kohli remains unperturbed as far as the team's combination goes. Ideally the combination for the World Cup squad in English conditions should be seven batsmen (including the wicketkeeper), three utility players (one of them a back up seam bowler), two spinners and three fast bowlers. Even by their overall awesome record - epitomized by five World Cup triumphs - the latest win has to be something very special. "But we used these three games to give game time to guys who we think are good enough to perform at this level", he added. It's nice to get runs but it always hurts when you don't win", he said."From a personal point of view it's huge.

Perhaps most impressively, this side is nearly indistinguishable to the one that got blown off the park in England nine months ago in Justin Langer's first series as head coach.

However, this time Kohli made into the top 10 as he jumped from the last year's 11th position to 7th position.

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has delivered his verdict on ODI captain Aaron Finch's form slump.

India became the second team to win 500-plus ODIs after Australia when they defeated Australia by eight runs at Nagpur in the second ODI.

"They beat us in Australia, so to come back from those first couple of losses and win three in a row to win the series is a great feeling".

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