Virat Kohli declares race wide open after upset

Glenn Maxwell | Kedar Jadhav | India vs Australia 2019

Glenn Maxwell | Kedar Jadhav | India vs Australia 2019

"The drought has been broken in this country which is remarkable really when you think about the level of competence from India going into the World Cup as favourites".

The opener Khawaja strengthened his claim for a place in the World Cup squad with an elegant 100 to steer Australia to 272 for 9, although the tourists had looked on course to exceed 300 at one stage. This after losing the Test and ODI series in their own backyard when India travelled their from late past year to first part of 2019.

After all the talk about India being the much better side, the obvious question to ask Virat Kohli was: did he get the answers he was looking for from all the experiments at the cost of a series defeat?

In the decider, India went in with five pure bowling options by leaving out Rahul for Mohammed Shami and played Ravindra Jadeja at No. 7.

Rohit Sharma's team-mate and captain Virat Kohli is the fastest to register 8000 runs, having achieved the milestone in 175 innings and is followed by former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers, who accomplished it in 182 innings.

Khawaja, who has been instrumental in Australia´s turnaround after being 0-2 down in the series, built crucial partnerships including a 99-run second-wicket stand with Peter Handscomb, who made 52. This after he was dropped twice in as many overs by wicketkeeper Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell at short extra cover. The 12-month bans handed down to Smith and Warner by Cricket Australia for their role in the Cape Town ball-tampering incident end on March 28 and the duo are expected to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) before the World Cup starting May 30.

India to clash with Australia in 5th ODI on March 13

Australia were aided by the slow nature of the Kotla track which was exploited with aplomb by Cummins who sent down ten overs to give away only 38 runs and took two wickets.

Ten fours and two maximums helped him get to three figures in 102 balls on this occasion, Khawaja leading from the front with quality shots on both sides of the wicket.

India lost Shikhar Dhawan early in their chase.

On the series defeat, Kohli was magnanimous in his praise for the Australian side which had "more hunger". Handscomb was up and running with two consecutive sweeps for fours off Kuldeep. India needs 51 off 27 balls. However, Richardson took 19 runs off Jasprit Bumrah's ninth over and got together for a crucial stand 34 runs for the eighth wicket, helping Australia to a good total, which eventually proved enough.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director-general of Inter-Services Public Relations, won the internet when he mercilessly trolled the Indian cricket team following their 3-2 thrashing at the hands of Australia.

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