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India vs Australia | More or Less Sorted For World Cup Except For One Spot: Kohli

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 14, 2019, 6:46 PM IST

India captain Virat Kohli said that the team is "more or less sorted" for the World Cup after India went down to Australia in the final ODI in Delhi.

India had opted to rest MS Dhoni after the first three ODIs, giving the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul a game, with captain Kohli also batting at no.4 in the Mohali ODI. The experimentation didn't provide any clear solutions to the No. 4 problem but the skipper refused to use that as an excuse.

"We're more or less sorted, maybe there's just one spot we have to discuss. The idea was to give the fringe guys a game and see how they react. But changes will never be an excuse for the loss," said Kohli in the post-match presentation.

"We are sorted combination wise. We know our playing XI going into the World Cup. There will be just one change based on condition. When Hardik Pandya will come back, he gives depth in batting and opens up options in bowling. We know where we are going. We are clear about our playing XI," Kohli said at the post-match press conference.

While the confusion regarding No 4 slot and second wicketkeeper's position remain, the skipper said that one only place needs to be discussed.

He praised Australia for their performance, saying they were hungrier and showed more heart to emerge as deserving winners of the five-match ODI series.

This is only the fourth occasion when a team has comeback from 2-0 down to win a five-match series.

"Overall, Australia deserved to win, we thought it was a gettable target but also towards the end we conceded 15-20 runs extra. They were brave in pressure situations and showed great intensity.

"We won't use any excuses, its good we have had these losses before the World Cup and it is something the boys will reflect on. We can be proud of the cricket we played in the last few months, we've played quite a few games on the road. This series didn't go according to plan but overall we've played well."

Australia captain Aaron Finch meanwhile called it an unbelievable effort from his young team, which was missing big guns like Steve Smith and Aaron Finch.

"The resilience and fight that we showed was incredible. We had our backs against the wall but came back incredibly well. We have a balanced side which is very important. You need good batsmanship especially against this Indian attack on these surfaces. The team that won this series can win us the World Cup, the key will be to stick to our gameplans," said Finch.

Usman Khawaja was named man-of-the-match for his ton and also man-of-the-series for his fine run of form.

"It's fun when you score hundreds and the team also wins. To comeback from 0-2 down was special, since it was against India in India. Spinners did a great job and Finch batted brilliantly on tough wickets. Everyone chipped in at crucial times. We had a lot of fun, even when we lost the first two games the vibe in the dressing room was good," said Khawaja.

First Published: March 13, 2019, 10:07 PM IST
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