India vs Australia: “Weak Link” Aaron Finch Takes The Blame For Australia’s ODI Series Loss Against India


India vs Australia: "Weak Link" Aaron Finch Takes The Blame For Australia

Aaron Finch has 11 ODI centuries to his name but only one of them came in his past 12 knocks. © Twitter: ICC


Virat Kohli’s Team India completely outplayed Australia, except in the first One-day International (ODI) in Sydney, to win their first-ever bilateral ODI series Down Under. The visitors won the three-match series 2-1 after claiming victories in Adelaide and Melbourne. Aaron Finch, the Australia limited overs captain, says there is no one to blame but himself for below-par Test and ODI campaigns against India. The opening batsman contributed 97 runs at 16.16 in three Tests and 26 runs in the three-match ODI series. Finch also professed to being the ODI side’s weak link and hoped to use his break from international cricket to address flaws in his technique. “We’ve seen some real improvement in the way we’ve batted in the last three ODIs in particular,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au

“I was probably the weak link in that, which is disappointing for me as the captain of the side. I think this time will be really good to be able to work on my game with some more time in the schedule,” Finch added.

Finch has been dropped from the Test squad for Australia’s upcoming series against Sri Lanka, which the 32-year-old will have some time to fine-tuning his batting technique.

India’s quicks troubled Finch during the Test series and Bhuvneshwar Kumar made Australia’s white-ball skipper his bunny during the ODIs, dismissing him three times.

“It’ll be good to be at home and to spend some time around some friends again,” Finch said. 

“It was obviously a disappointing series. Nowhere near as many runs as I would have liked or as big an impact with the bat.”

Finch has 11 ODI centuries to his name but only one of them came in his past 12 knocks.




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Australian Open 2019: Virat Kohli Meets Roger Federer, Ends Australia Tour In An “Amazing” Way


Australian Open 2019: Virat Kohli Meets Roger Federer, Ends Australia Tour In An "Amazing" Way

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma met Roger Federer at Australian Open. © Twitter: @imVkohli


Virat Kohli and his Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma enjoyed some special and memorable moments in Australia over the last two months. Now, that Team India’s tour of Australia is over, the 30-year-old skipper signed off in the most stylish way possible. Kohli and Anushka went to watch the first Grand Slam of 2019 – Australia Open – that is being played at the Melbourne Park. Not just that, they met the legendary Roger Federer, who is aiming to win this third consecutive Australian title. “What a day at the Australian open. ??????? An amazing way to finish the Australian summer. Forever grateful?????#ausopen,” Virat Kohli tweeted along with a series of pictures from Australian Open.

Kohli shared a selfie with his wife along with other pictures from the Grand Slam. It seems that the couple watched Serena Williams beat Dayana Yastremska and Novak Djokovic’s win over Denis Shapovalov.

On Friday, Kohli led India to their first bilateral One-day International (ODI) series win in Australia as the visitors won the third and final match in Melbourne by seven wickets.

Anushka took to Twitter to congratulate her husband and the team. “What an unforgettable & outstanding tour it’s been !! Happy to have witnessed the historic victories by the men HUGE congratulations And so proud of you my love @virat.kohli,” she captioned a picture of the team as they lifted the cup.

Kohli’s next assignment begins on Wednesday as India are travelling to New Zealand to play a limited-overs series that will included five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

The first ODI between India and New Zealand will be played in Napier on Wednesday (January 23).






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MS Dhoni Becomes Fourth Indian To Achieve Stunning Feat In Australia


MS Dhoni has been in top form in the ODI series against Australia, scoring a hat-trick of half-centuries. On Friday, MS Dhoni was once again showed his worth to the Indian team with the bat in hand as he took the visitors to a thrilling seven-wicket win over the hosts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 as India registered their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia. The former India captain also became the only the fourth Indian to score 1,000 ODI runs on Australian soil after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Going into the decider at MCG, Dhoni needed 36 runs to reach this milestone. Not only did he achieve the landmark, he was crucial to India’s cause as the visitors chased 231 to win the match and the three-match series.

Dhoni came into bat with India in a tricky situation. Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal saw India being reduced to 59 for two in 16.2 overs, needing a fair bit to do to overhaul Australia’s score.

Dhoni and skipper Virat Kohli (46) added 54 runs for the third wicket to take India a step closer but the Indian captain fell to Jhye Richardson in the 30th over, leaving India with a mountain to climb.

With their backs against the wall, Dhoni combined with Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) to bring India back from the dead. The duo strung together an unbeaten 121-run partnership to thwart the Australian bowlers and take India to a memorable series win.

Dhoni scored three consecutive half-centuries to take his total tally to 193 runs in three matches at an average of 193 and a strike rate of 73.10. Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Series for his brilliant performance.

Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal (6/42) ran through the Australian middle and lower-order batting line-up to bag his second five-wicket haul in ODIs. Chahal, playing his first match of the ODI series, produced a brilliant performance to help bowl out Australia for 230 in 48.4 overs.



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Twitter Goes Wild After India’s Historic ODI Series Win In Australia


MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav’s unbeaten 121-run partnership took India past the winning line as India defeated hosts Australia by 7 wickets to register their first-ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australian soil. India won the 3-match ODI series 2-1. Former captain MS Dhoni was back among the runs as he scored three back-to-back half-centuries in this series. Dhoni’s scores read 51 in Sydney, 55 not out in Adelaide and a match-winning knock of unbeaten 87 in Melbourne. He scored 193 runs in three-match ODI series.

Greetings and wishes started flowing in praise of India following the historic 2-1 series win.

After drawing flak for playing out a slow inning of 51 from 96 balls in the first ODI, Dhoni turned the tides in the very next match as he partnered with captain Virat Kohli to bring India back in the series in Adelaide where they were chasing a stiff target of 299 runs. And in Melbourne, the former-captain played the sheet anchor role as he and Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) put together a match-winning partnership to chase down 230 runs which could have become tricky had India lost any more wickets in the middle-order. Dhoni for his stupendous knocks in all the three matches was adjudged Player of the series.

This was 70th ODI half-century. He also becomes the fourth Indian cricketer to score 1000 runs in ODIs in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal took a five-for as he registered the joint-best bowling figures in ODIs equalling Ajit Agarkar’s 6-42, to bundle out Australia for 230.

Peter Handscomb put up a fighting 58 while centurion from the previous match Shaun Marsh managed to get 39. Chahal was adjudged Player of the match.





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Twitter Goes Wild After India’s Historic ODI Series Win In Australia


MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav’s unbeaten 121-run partnership took India past the winning line as India defeated hosts Australia by 7 wickets to register their first-ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australian soil. India won the 3-match ODI series 2-1. Former captain MS Dhoni was back among the runs as he scored three back-to-back half-centuries in this series. Dhoni’s scores read 51 in Sydney, 55 not out in Adelaide and a match-winning knock of unbeaten 87 in Melbourne. He scored 193 runs in three-match ODI series.

Greetings and wishes started flowing in praise of India following the historic 2-1 series win.

After drawing flak for playing out a slow inning of 51 from 96 balls in the first ODI, Dhoni turned the tides in the very next match as he partnered with captain Virat Kohli to bring India back in the series in Adelaide where they were chasing a stiff target of 299 runs. And in Melbourne, the former-captain played the sheet anchor role as he and Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) put together a match-winning partnership to chase down 230 runs which could have become tricky had India lost any more wickets in the middle-order. Dhoni for his stupendous knocks in all the three matches was adjudged Player of the series.

This was 70th ODI half-century. He also becomes the fourth Indian cricketer to score 1000 runs in ODIs in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal took a five-for as he registered the joint-best bowling figures in ODIs equalling Ajit Agarkar’s 6-42, to bundle out Australia for 230.

Peter Handscomb put up a fighting 58 while centurion from the previous match Shaun Marsh managed to get 39. Chahal was adjudged Player of the match.





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“We Are Confident And Balanced With World Cup In Mind”: Virat Kohli After Ending Australia Tour On A High


Virat Kohli created history on Friday after he led India to their first ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia, following a maiden Test series triumph in 71 years and 11 tours. With this, India have finished the 2018-19 tour without losing a series Down Under. Following the remarkable win, Virat Kohli said India are feeling confident and balanced as a side ahead of the forthcoming New Zealand tour and ICC World Cup. “We have been here for a long time. It’s been an amazing tour for us. We drew the T20 series, won the Test and the ODI series. If someone gave me these results before the tour I would have taken it with both hands,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

Heaping praise on his team for a collective effort, Kohli added: “I am really grateful and proud of the side. It was a collective effort. We are feeling confident and balanced as a side with the World Cup in mind.”

The Indian skipper scored 46 off 62, before MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav stitched an unbeaten 121-run stand for the fourth-wicket to drive India past the victory line.

Kedar Jadhav scored a winning boundary as India chased down the small target of 231 runs with four balls to spare. He was unbeaten on 61 along with Dhoni not out on 87.

India lost their openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for nine and 23 runs respectively. Kohli too missed out on his 49th ODI half-century and lost his wicket for 46 runs.

Talking about the wicket at the MCG, Kohli said: “It wasn’t a great wicket to bat on, so we had to take it deep, but they were professional in getting the job done.”

“We were a bit nervous but two set batsmen in knew exactly what they wanted to do. We wanted to get in a good combination. We wanted to give Kuldeep a rest and we don’t want to be too predictable as well,” he added.

Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal claimed six wickets, his second ODI five-wicket haul, as India wrapped up the home team for 230 runs.

Kohli was all praise for Chahal, who replaced Kuldeep Yadav in the playing eleven for the decider match in Melbourne. Meanwhile, Kedar Jadhav had come in place of Ambati Rayudu.

“Chahal came in and bowled beautifully. 6/42 was magnificent. Kedar with bat and ball is always handy,” Kohli said.

“Few games against New Zealand and few more back home to strengthen the areas that we need to work on as a team,” the Indian skipper added.

Up next, India will tour New Zealand for five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, starting on January 23 in Napier.



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MS Dhoni Becomes Fourth Indian To Achieve Stunning Feat In Australia


MS Dhoni has been in top form in the ODI series against Australia, scoring a hat-trick of half-centuries. On Friday, MS Dhoni was once again showed his worth to the Indian team with the bat in hand as he took the visitors to a thrilling seven-wicket win over the hosts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 as India registered their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia. The former India captain also became the only the fourth Indian to score 1,000 ODI runs on Australian soil after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Going into the decider at MCG, Dhoni needed 36 runs to reach this milestone. Not only did he achieve the landmark, he was crucial to India’s cause as the visitors chased 231 to win the match and the three-match series.

Dhoni came into bat with India in a tricky situation. Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal saw India being reduced to 59 for two in 16.2 overs, needing a fair bit to do to overhaul Australia’s score.

Dhoni and skipper Virat Kohli (46) added 54 runs for the third wicket to take India a step closer but the Indian captain fell to Jhye Richardson in the 30th over, leaving India with a mountain to climb.

With their backs against the wall, Dhoni combined with Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) to bring India back from the dead. The duo strung together an unbeaten 121-run partnership to thwart the Australian bowlers and take India to a memorable series win.

Dhoni scored three consecutive half-centuries to take his total tally to 193 runs in three matches at an average of 193 and a strike rate of 73.10. Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Series for his brilliant performance.

Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal (6/42) ran through the Australian middle and lower-order batting line-up to bag his second five-wicket haul in ODIs. Chahal, playing his first match of the ODI series, produced a brilliant performance to help bowl out Australia for 230 in 48.4 overs.



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India vs Australia: MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav Guide India To First Bilateral ODI Series Win In Australia


Needing 231 to win, India lost openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan early.

The Indian skipper then stitched up a 54-run partnership with Dhoni to lay a solid foundation for India’s run chase.

Jhye Richardson then got rid of Kohli (46) but Dhoni, the finisher, was still there to do what he does best.

Dhoni was well-supported by Kedar Jadhav who remained unbeaten on 61 off 57 balls as India chased down the target in 49.2 overs.

Earlier, Virat Kohli opted to bowl after winning the toss in the series-decider and India bundled out Australia for 230 runs in 48.4 overs.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal recorded the best figures by any bowler in ODI cricket in Australia to restrict the hosts to a modest total of 230 in the series decider.

Chahal, playing his first match of the series, stunned Australia with his six for 42 to set India 231 to win the match and the series.

Chahal now shares the record with Ajit Agarkar, who claimed the same figures against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2004.

As far as Australia are concerned, it was an underwhelming batting performance.

Only Peter Handscomb showed some resilience with his 58 off 63 balls before he became one of Chahal’s victims.

The home team managed just 17 boundaries before they were bowled out with eight balls to spare.

Australia’s openers again failed to get a start and Alex Carey was out in the third over when he got a nick off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was taken by Virat Kohli at second slip for five.

His partner Aaron Finch followed six overs later again to Kumar trapped leg before wicket for 14.

Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja steadied the innings before Adelaide centurion Marsh was smartly stumped by MS Dhoni off a wide down the leg-side from Chahal for 39.

Khawaja followed three balls later when he got a thick leading edge and offered Chahal a return catch for 34.

Marcus Stoinis lasted 20 balls before he became Chahal’s third victim, caught at slip by Rohit Sharma for 10, leaving Australia rocking at 123 for five in the 30th over.

Glenn Maxwell hit a breezy 26 off 19 balls before Mohammed Shami enticed him to pull with a short-pitched delivery to Kumar sprinting in from the deep to take a diving catch.

Jhye Richardson played against the spin and chipped the ball to short midwicket where Kedar Jadhav took the chance for 16 giving Chahal his fourth wicket.

Handscomb was trapped plumb in front of his stumps by Chahal in the 46th over and Australia’s innings rattled to a quick close.

Adam Zampa charged down the wicket to Chahal and holed out to Vijay Shankar at long-on for eight and Billy Stanlake was bowled by Shami for a duck.

(With AFP inputs)



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India vs Australia: MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav Guide India To First Bilateral ODI Series Win In Australia


Needing 231 to win, India lost openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan early.

The Indian skipper then stitched up a 54-run partnership with Dhoni to lay a solid foundation for India’s run chase.

Jhye Richardson then got rid of Kohli (46) but Dhoni, the finisher, was still there to do what he does best.

Dhoni was well-supported by Kedar Jadhav who remained unbeaten on 61 off 57 balls as India chased down the target in 49.2 overs.

Earlier, Virat Kohli opted to bowl after winning the toss in the series-decider and India bundled out Australia for 230 runs in 48.4 overs.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal recorded the best figures by any bowler in ODI cricket in Australia to restrict the hosts to a modest total of 230 in the series decider.

Chahal, playing his first match of the series, stunned Australia with his six for 42 to set India 231 to win the match and the series.

Chahal now shares the record with Ajit Agarkar, who claimed the same figures against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2004.

As far as Australia are concerned, it was an underwhelming batting performance.

Only Peter Handscomb showed some resilience with his 58 off 63 balls before he became one of Chahal’s victims.

The home team managed just 17 boundaries before they were bowled out with eight balls to spare.

Australia’s openers again failed to get a start and Alex Carey was out in the third over when he got a nick off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was taken by Virat Kohli at second slip for five.

His partner Aaron Finch followed six overs later again to Kumar trapped leg before wicket for 14.

Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja steadied the innings before Adelaide centurion Marsh was smartly stumped by MS Dhoni off a wide down the leg-side from Chahal for 39.

Khawaja followed three balls later when he got a thick leading edge and offered Chahal a return catch for 34.

Marcus Stoinis lasted 20 balls before he became Chahal’s third victim, caught at slip by Rohit Sharma for 10, leaving Australia rocking at 123 for five in the 30th over.

Glenn Maxwell hit a breezy 26 off 19 balls before Mohammed Shami enticed him to pull with a short-pitched delivery to Kumar sprinting in from the deep to take a diving catch.

Jhye Richardson played against the spin and chipped the ball to short midwicket where Kedar Jadhav took the chance for 16 giving Chahal his fourth wicket.

Handscomb was trapped plumb in front of his stumps by Chahal in the 46th over and Australia’s innings rattled to a quick close.

Adam Zampa charged down the wicket to Chahal and holed out to Vijay Shankar at long-on for eight and Billy Stanlake was bowled by Shami for a duck.

(With AFP inputs)



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India vs Australia: Virat Kohli Is A “Perfect Gentleman” Off The Field, Vouches Ravi Shastri


Virat Kohli is widely hailed as the best batsman in the world across formats but he is often slammed for being too animated on the field. India head coach Ravi Shastri however said that Kohli, contrary to his “in your face” attitude is the “most pleasant person” off the field. Shastri added that Virat Kohli might be too passionate while playing but he is a “perfect gentleman” in his personal life. “When I told the Aussie media he is the perfect gentleman, they were shocked. On the field is one thing, but come off the field and meet him, he is one of the most pleasant and normal blokes you could ever meet,” Shastri was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com.

“He is very caring with his team-mates and just a fantastic role model. I am lucky to be part of the dressing room and to see the greatest player in the world,” Shastri added.

Kohli and Shastri share a great rapport and have been able to deliver excellent results together. Under Shastri’s mentorship, Kohli became the first Indian captain in 71 years to win a Test series on Australian soil.

Shastri even rated the 2-1 Test series win in Australia higher than India’s maiden World Cup win in 1983.

Talking about the 2019 World Cup, which is around the corner now, Shastri said there was no one team that could be classified as favourites.

“There will be three or four teams that can do it and it is how you start,” he said. “If we gain momentum early, then India are very dangerous because we have got a lot of crowd support and things backing us.”

“The hosts England though have every chance to lift their first World Cup this year, Shastri said, and added that the current side was “the best England team I’ve seen”.



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