It was a near-perfect performance from team India against Australia in the ODI series which they won 4-1. Before the series, a tough competition was expected from the visitors but Steve Smith & Co. just didn’t seem like the Australian side that we are so used to watching. It’s safe to say now that it was the might of the Indian team that made the opposition look weak.
The focus of team India is increasingly on the preparation of the 2019 ODI World Cup and to build a core team for the prestigious tournament. The ODI series against Australia was being looked as a great test for the young Indian troop and an astonishing result has brought several positives for the team.
Let’s have a look at the 5 standouts from the series
#1 Hardik Pandya ended the all-rounder’s drought
For so long, India has been looking for a proper all-rounder. There have been a few batsmen who could bowl a bit and a few bowlers who could bat a bit. Finally, in Hardik Pandya, the team has a player who has equal prowess in both departments. Series by series, the 23-year-old is growing in stature and the ODI series against Australia was perhaps the best so far as he was adjudged the Man of the Series.
He scored 222 runs in 4 innings at an average of 55.5 and a strike rate of 108.82. He scored 2 half-centuries and both of them came in winning causes. In the first ODI in Chennai, he batted responsibly alongside MS Dhoni and bailed the side out of trouble. Then, in Indore, his knock of 78 came in a successful run-chase batting at No.4.
With the ball, he picked up 6 wickets at an average of 31.33. He played the 5th bowler’s role beautifully and more often than not, bagged wickets at crucial stages. When the new ball bowlers couldn’t pick up wickets at the top, he provided the breakthrough as the first change bowler.