Australia vs India, 2019 ODI series – Hits and Misses
There were also a few players who were under-par and didn’t have a great series.
Updated - Jan 19, 2019 4:18 pm
After the historic Test series win, India were expected to dominate the ODI series as well. They have done well in white-ball cricket over the last couple of years and that has coincided with Australia’s struggle in the 50-overs format. The Aussies have failed to win a bilateral ODI series since January 2017. However, the series turned out to be a pretty close affair and the Virat Kohli-led side emerged victorious despite being 0-1 down after the first game.
There were plenty of good performances as some players put their hands up to bail the team out of trouble and produce match-winning shows. However, there were also a few players who were under-par and didn’t have a great series by any stretch of the imagination. Thus, we take a look at some of the hits and misses from this Australia-India three-match ODI series.
Here are the Hits and Misses for the series:
Hit: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India went into this ODI series without their spearhead Jasprit Bumrah as he was given a break after a hectic Test series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was also a part of the Test side but didn’t feature in a single game. He didn’t have a great 2018 as well as he wasn’t 100% fit all the time due to frequent injuries. Thus, this was a big series for the Meerut pacer and he was brilliant throughout the series. With the new ball, he was simply outstanding.
In the three games, his figures with the new ball read: 1/11 in 4 overs (at the SCG), 1/9 in 5 overs (at the Adelaide Oval) and 2/15 in 5 overs (at the MCG). He hardly gave anything away and in every game, he ensured that India had a good start with the ball. Even at the death, he was a dependable option. Barring the first game where he was taken for runs, he executed his plans well at the death and was very effective. Hence, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was a big hit for the ‘Men in Blue’.