India were 2-0 up in the series. It appeared that the Aussies had no way back. After all, the team had won just 3 of their last 18 ODIs. But one thing we know about the Aussies is their infathomable grit. They bounced back in style to win the series 3-2. So here are the top three things that we learned from Australia’s 3-2 win over India:
1) Rampant Richardson
Jhye Richardson has proved to be a great find for the Aussies. This young 22 year old is proving to be a consistent performer in the international arena, and has continued to get wickets regularly. He does not look phased by the pressure of it, and even looked half decent with the bat in his hand. He certainly has a great future ahead.
2) Calm Khawaja
Usman Khawaja had a truly wonderful series. The top order batsman managed to score his maiden ODI century during the series and cemented his place in the team even further. If he continues to bat this way, he could prove to be a major headache for bowlers around the world during the upcoming ICC World Cup.
3) India’s Weak Middle Order
It is clear that India’s middle order is their weak point. They have tried and tested so many players in the number 4 and number 5 positions in the past year. However, no one has really managed to cement their place in the side. This has meant that the team is looking a bit vulnerable going into the World Cup. It seems that England are the favourites now.
To sum up, the Aussies have performed superbly well in this series. They were not given a hope by anyone and yet they have managed to upset India in India. On the other hand, the Indians need to introspect and find quick solutions before the World Cup in May-June!