No excuse, no panic - Kohli sees big picture in Australia loss

MS Dhoni

CricketShane Warne Bishan Singh Bedi weigh in on MS Dhoni’s importance in Team India’s lineup Debanu Das March 13 2019 12.10

"For me, MS Dhoni is a great player and a must-have player in your side", Warnie was quoted as saying by ANI.

For those Australian cricket fans who stayed up until the early hours to watch their team's series-ending one-day worldwide against India, a semi-sleepless night was worth it. "It has been an unbelievable ride since India arrived in Australia", Langer added.

The left-hander has now seemingly cemented his spot in Australia's World Cup squad, producing scores of 50, 38, 104, 91 and 100 against India's star-studded attack in the 3-2 series win.

"They were courageous in pressure situations compared to our game, especially in the last three games, the way they handled the pressure, they really deserved to win". Pandya's significance has only increased after the loss and the team management will be desperate to have him fit and firing for the World Cup.

From dismantling New Zealand in their den, and hardly breaking a sweat in the process, to being outplayed at home, what went wrong for India one would wonder - the basics as it turned out.

- Kuldeep Yadav conceded 74 runs while taking a wicket in the final ODI played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground which is now his second-most expensive bowling figures in ODIs.

With Australia's defense of its World Cup title just two months away, the series win couldn't have come at a better time.

Beirne to make Six Nations debut against Wales
The Irish boss, as expected, recalled Rob Kearney and Sean O'Brien while handing Tadhg Beirne his Six Nations debut. Beirne is joined in the Ireland pack by Munster back-rowers Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander.

Aaron Finch-led Australia will next travel to the United Arab Emirates for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan starting March 22. He achieved the feat in 200 innings.

Shankar has come a long way since his disastrous debut in the Nidahas T20 tri-series and could be a solid all-round option going forward for India if he continues to develop.

The veteran wicketkeeper might not be the swashbuckling batsman he was in the early stages of his career but his glovework and "cricketing genius" were sorely missed by India in the last two ODIs. The previous highest was of 84 runs between Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar at Vadodara in 2009. Australia won just two ODI matches previous year, the fewest ODI victories since 1978 when it played only two one-day internationals. In between, they won six bilateral ODI series at home.

The left-handed batsman accumulated 383 runs in the five ODI games to top the series run chart ahead of India skipper Virat Kohli.

MS Dhoni's batting abilities have divided opinions sharply of late but just how crucial his tactical acumen is to the ODI squad was proved in the series defeat.

He expected every player travelling with the team to England to do well, and there are no excuses for their performances in the ODI series against Australia.

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