India lost the ODI series 3-2 to Australia after being 2-0 up in the series, however, captain Virat Kohli has said that Team India’s combination going into the World Cup is sorted. Speaking in the post-match presentation after India lost the 5th and final ODI against Australia by 35 runs at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Kohli said India was sorted in terms of what the playing XI will be in the World Cup.
“We are sorted combination wise. We know our playing XI going into the World Cup. There will be just one change based on condition. When Hardik Pandya will come back, he gives depth in batting and opens up options in bowling. We know where we are going. We are clear about our playing XI,” Kohli said.
Virat Kohli also said that he felt it was important to give everybody a chance before the World Cup but it cannot be used as an excuse for the defeat that they have suffered in the series. Kohli underlined that India has to raise the standard of their cricket and should respond better in these kinds of games. The Indian captain said that it was good that India suffered these losses right now as the players can look at their mistakes and correct them before the World Cup.
“It’s good we have had these losses, to correct these at the World Cup. The guys will reflect on this series quite a bit. We have been playing a lot of games on the road. We can be proud of the cricket that we’ve played in the last few months. The series didn’t go well yes, but we’ve played well,” he said.
Usman Khawaja received the man of the series award for being the top scorer in the series and helping Australia clinch the series after being 0-2 down. Pat Cummins was the highest wicket taker with 14 wickets in the series. For India, Kuldeep Yadav with 10 wickets was the highest wicket-taker.
With inputs from PTI.