India vs Australia 2020: Combined XI from the ODI series
Virat Kohli to lead the XI; KL Rahul to keep wickets.
Published - Jan 20, 2020 12:21 pm | Updated - Jan 20, 2020 12:21 pm
Australia were always going to be India’s toughest opponents this home season and they showed why. The Aaron Finch-led side which came down to India for a three-match ODI series pushed the hosts to the limit. They produced some high-quality cricket and the intensity of the series was really high.
It was a very tightly contested series but India fought hard and came from 0-1 down to win the series 2-1. Australia started the series with a commanding performance at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai as they recorded a thumping 10-wicket win. However, India fought back really well. A brilliant batting performance (they scored 340) helped them level the series. In the series-decider, Virat Kohli and his men produced an all-round show which helped them earn a hard-fought series win.
With the series coming to an end, we look back at the combined XI of the ODI series that did well in this series.
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma looked in great touch. 2019 was a wonderful year and he’s started 2020 on a high as well. The Indian vice-captain started the series with a boundary of the first ball and scored 171 runs in the series. He got starts in the first two games but couldn’t convert. However, he made it count in the series-decider.
The Mumbaikar scored 10 and 42 in Mumbai and Rajkot respectively. He looked fluent in both those games but threw it away. But when it mattered, he stepped up and delivered. Rohit played a match-winning knock and struck his 29th ODI ton in Bengaluru.
Chasing 287, he set the platform for the ‘Men in Blue’ to chase it down. Rohit mixed caution with aggression really well and stroked his way through 119 and was awarded the player of the match in the third ODI.