Sharma struck a match-winning 115 in the fifth one-dayer here on Tuesday, a pivotal knock in India's 73-run triumph, which gave the side an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match series.
"For now, 4-1 feels awesome". "Whatever series we have played before in India and in the Champions Trophy, a lot of the scoring has been done by the top three".
Indian captain Virat Kohli said his team might test its bench strength in the sixth and final ODI against South Africa on Friday but asserted that intensity won't be lacking despite the match's dead-rubber status.
"We haven't played our best cricket, we played decent cricket in patches but mostly sub-par cricket to what we are used to".
"We have seen they are now settled in ODIs". It certainly brings out the best in him and I think he should not change too much for him.
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Whatever combination we use, be it six batters with two all-rounders, I don't think it is the fault of the combination.
Before the ODI series against South Africa started, skipper Kohli had said that the number four slot is the only spot that needs to be finalised before the 2019 World Cup. But when you lose in this manner, whatever adjustments need to be made, you focus on it more. To hold on to this place, Afghanistan will have to win the series, which culminates on February 19. The coach (Ottis Gibson) has a long-term vision and a few ideas up his sleeve, and he has the opportunity to play that. For the short term, South Africa not only have a series scoreline to salvage, but also set right the low-point experienced at this venue a fortnight ago. "But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win", the Delhi batsman said. We know we have those players but they have not produced it in this series, which is disappointing. Amla takes this as a big positive from the not so favored outcome of the series. We have gotten better in the last two games, we played decently against them. "I was a bit disappointed by the way they went (in the Test series)".
The spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav once again were the chief destructors picking up 6 wickets between them for 100 runs.
Amla admitted that the top order has not managed to put together decent partnerships and score big.
"It happened to me but he is still young at worldwide cricket and this is a great opportunity for him to captain the senior national team".