After India succumbed to their first home ODI series defeat under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, the skipper looked unfazed by the result stating that they wanted to try out fringe players in the last three games. Kohli also revealed that most positions are sorted before World Cup except just one spot.
The unthinkable happened on Wednesday when a seemingly strong Indian team failed to chase a paltry target of 272 posted by Australia in the first innings. It was the first time that India went to lose three consecutive ODI matches on the trot under their current captain and although the fans looked mightily concerned with their team ahead of the World Cup, the skipper cut across a figure of a satisfied man.
With KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, and MS Dhoni not playing, India’s middle order looked extremely brittle with the likes of Rishabh Pant failing and Vijay Shankar struggling to find his footing in the early middle order. However, Kohli revealed that the positions were already cemented less than three months before the World Cup.
“We're more or less sorted, now it's about giving guys their roles and expect them to stand up. Maybe there's just one spot we've to discuss. Last three games, the idea was to give fringe guys some time and see how they react. No excuses, we're expected to raise our standard of cricket. The changes will never be an excuse. We will take a lot of confidence going into the World Cup,” he said after the match, reported ESPNCricinfo.
After failing to restrict Australia to 300 in the third and fourth
Kohli admitted that the target was achievable in their backyard. “We certainly thought it was a gettable target, they got away from us in the end, 15-20 more than what we could have kept them
“It's good we have had these losses, to correct these at the World Cup. The guys will reflect on this series quite a bit, been playing a lot of games on the road. Can be proud of the cricket we've played last few months, series didn't go well yes, but we've played well,” he added.
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