India tour of Australia has finally came to an end. India won both the test and the ODI series for the first time in the thunder nation and they managed to draw the T20 series. Kohli’s men became the first team to not lose a single series in the Australia tour. Let’s have a look at the ODI series analysis in this article.
Australia were playing their first bilateral ODI series in 2019. They took 1987 jersey and named it as “Retro Jersey”. But their form went poor such that they couldn’t score beyond 300 even in a single match in a 3 match series. Having rest their premium bowlers like Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins, they came into the series. Before this series they had lost 6 consecutive series which also includes Champions Trophy. This is their 7th consecutive loss. These losses came against India(home and away), England (home and away), South Africa (home), New Zealand (away) and Champions Trophy (away). This is their 3rd consecutive loss in their home. Out of 31 matches in the last 2 years, they just won 8 (25%) matches and losing 21 matches and 2 no result.
India has been clinical in their performance. They started the year 2018 with a win in South Africa (1 – 5). But they lost in England by (1 – 2). They won the Asia Cup held in UAE. Then they tormented the Windies team in their home ground. After that Kohli’s men came to Australia and clinched the series(1 – 2) for the first time down under. The Men in Blue played 20 matches in 2018 and they won 14 (70%)matches and lost just 4 matches with 2 matches are getting tied. The same form continued in Australia and they become victorious.
The opening combination has been changed and have used 7 combinations with 7 different players in the last 20 matches. Players like Warner, Cartwright, Lynn, Finch, Short, Head, Carey were used. The combinations are as follows – (Carey:Finch),(Lynn:Finch), (Finch:Head), (Short:Head), (Warner:Head), (Finch:Warner),(Cartwright:Warner). Also the current temporary captain Aaron Finch was not in his prime form. The highest scorer in T20 has scored just 225 runs in his last 10 innings at an average of 22.5. The only good news is Shaun Marsh’s current form. The left hander had scored 640 runs in his last 10 matches which contains 4 centuries to his name. This series Marsh was the highest run getter with 224 runs. Peter Handscomb was the second best in Aussie batting. He scored 151 runs and showed some fight throughout the series. Clearly the Aussies had to make Maxwell and Stonis to bat higher the order for good result.
The Indian batting was at its best as usual. Rohit Sharma scored his 22nd century at Sydney and showed fight in the losing cause of the 1st ODI. Virat Kohli scored his 39th ton at Adelaide in the winning cause. The 3rd ODI at MCG tested the middle order strength as the top 3 failed to register a fifty which is a rarest occasion. Dhoni and Jadhav guided India home with the valiant knocks. The duo added 121 runs and remained unbeaten in the match. But it was Dhoni who gave important partnership in all 3 ODI’s . The former World Cup winning captain scored 3 fifties in as many matches and was the highest run scorer for India. He became the oldest player for India to receive Man of the Series award. His coming back to form was an encouraging one for the Indians especially ahead of the 2019 World Cup. He is giving complete strength to the middle order, that calm and composure to the team. His role in the team is of anchoring the innings. The running between the wickets was also phenomenal. The top 6 batsmen were all aged 30+ and was adding experience to the team. Kedar Jadhav’s inclusion have also added strength to bowling as well.
Aussies had used 16 bowlers across their last (lost) 7 series. This included 11 fast bowlers, 3 spinners and 2 part timers. Because of this inconsistency in the team selection, they lost more matches in the last two years. Stonis was good at death bowling. But he needs a company like Richardson or Starc to form a deadly combination.
On the other hand, India had used Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah more often in 2018. Bumrah was given rested in the Australia series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the highest wicket taker in the series. He took 8 wickets. Also their spinners were doing great. Chahal took 6 wickets in his last match and recorded the best bowling figure (6 – 42 equalling with Agarkar) by an Indian at MCG.
Australia are playing 5 match ODI series against India in India in the month of February. Before this series they will be taking on Sri Lanka for 2 match test series.
India will be playing 5 match ODI series against Kiwis at New Zealand. The series starts from January 23, 2019.