Australia vs India 2019, ODI series – Combined XI
These players were the biggest positives for the teams in the series.
Updated - Jan 19, 2019 1:58 pm
India’s much-anticipated tour of Australia has come to an end. For the first time, India have ended the tour unbeaten in every format. They drew the T20I series 1-1 as rain played spoilsport in the second game. It was then a historic Test series win as the Virat Kohli-led side won the four-match affair 2-1 before clinching the ODI series as well (2-1).
The ODI series was a very close one and almost every game went down to the wire. After Australia clinched the first game by 34 runs, India came storming back to level the series as they chased down 299. In the decider, despite scoring just 230, the Men in Yellow made a match out of it and dragged the game to the final over as drop catches and missed chances on the field cost them dearly.
Thus, it was India’s first bilateral ODI series win down under. There were plenty of takeaways for both sides as they head to the World Cup. Hence, with the series done and dusted, let us look at the combined XI for the series.
Here is the Combined XI of the series:
1. Rohit Sharma
The Indian vice-captain was the third highest run-getter of the series. He extended his dominance in white-ball cricket as he amassed 185 runs in three innings. He scored a brilliant ton at the SCG in the first ODI and that came when India were in deep trouble at 4/3. That knock of 133 kept the team in the steep chase.
Rohit made another decent contribution of 43 as he gave India a good start in the second ODI in their chase of 299. He was the best opener of the series given that the other batsmen got out early. Having said that, he could’ve bee more consistent and tailed off a little bit after a century in the series opener.