Indian opener Rohit Sharma managed to score a maverick 125 off 109 balls to see India to victory and round up a successful 4-1 series win. Virat Kohli-led team India showed supremacy when they beat the mighty Australians. India won the final ODI at Nagpur by 7 wickets, in the process regaining the numero uno spot in ODIs. Hardik Pandya, who bagged a couple of Man of the Match awards also picked up the coveted Man of the Series award. Virat Kohli has already mentioned that Pandya is a big player in India’s 2019 cricket World Cup scheme. With the T20I’s to follow, India could afford a couple of changes if they want to test their bench strength.
“We’ve played in these conditions so many times and they understand that they need to keep sticking to their strength. One boundary here and there doesn’t make a difference. That’s been their attitude throughout the tournament and we go out in the middle to take wickets, not to look to get the strike-rate down,” mentioned Rohit speaking to ESPNCricinfo.
“All the bowlers who participated in this tournament have gone with this mindset of taking wickets. When you’re doing that you will obviously strike at some point during the game and pull the match back towards you. That is what these guys have done, all the spinners and the fast bowlers as well. All the compliments should go to them as well, the way they have bowled as a bowling unit throughout the tournament,” he added.
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“We have played a lot of cricket together in Mumbai and we understand each other and we know each other’s game really well. We talk a lot in the middle, about when we need to take risk and when we need not. These are the little things that really help in building a partnership. In the last three games, we’ve got hundred-run partnerships and that’s only through the communication we’ve had in the middle,” quoted Rohit Sharma on his opening partnership with Ajinkya Rahane.
The Indians and the Aussies will now play a 3-match T20I series starting from October 7