18 Jan 2019
Key takeaways from India's first ODI series win in Australia
Team India defeated Australia in the third and final ODI at the MCG.
The victory helped India to clinch the three-match ODI series by a 2-1 margin.
MS Dhoni (87*) and Yuzvendra Chahal (6/42) played crucial roles for India.
Throughout the series, we learned some pivotal things that can shape India's strategy, going into the ICC World Cup 2019.
Dhoni's consistency was the biggest gain
Dhoni started off with a 96-ball 51 and was unfairly criticized.
Credit to the player, who had not played much coming into the series.
This innings helped him regain the form with the bat.
The next two matches saw the player win successive games for India.
Dhoni is India's best bet in the middle order.
He is the pillar of this side.
Shami can pitch in as the third pacer
With Jasprit Bumrah being rested for the series, it was a chance for Mohammed Shami to prove his merit.
And the pacer grabbed the opportunity by picking key wickets.
JB and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are India's main pace options but Shami has shown that he can be trusted as the third pacer of the side.
His ability to reverse makes his case stronger.
Captain Kohli has matured
Virat Kohli's captaincy was spot on throughout the series.
His decision making in the three ODIs helped India overcome Australia.
He took the chance by playing Kedar Jadhav and Chahal in the third match and that did wonders.
He went in with five bowlers in all the games and backed them to come good.
Kohli's bowling changes throughout the series was smart.
Number four batting position is still unsure
Earlier, it had looked like India had found the answer regarding the number four position in batting.
They had backed Ambati Rayudu to shine.
But the player didn't perform in the first two matches.
India dropped him and pushed MSD at number four, besides getting in Jadhav.
The move worked. But going into the World Cup, this looks worrisome for Kohli and Ravi Shastri.
Karthik's form means Pant has to wait
Dinesh Karthik did remarkably well as a finisher in the second ODI.
He is being backed for the number six position.
The upcoming series against New Zealand will be another big chance for DK to show his credentials.
If he hits the ground running, then that would mean Pant has to wait before sealing a spot in ODIs.
Further, Pant doesn't have much experience.