I Have Never Seen A Player Like Virat Kohli: Justin Langer
Australia head coach Justin Langer took absolutely nothing away from the players after the team’s incredible series win against India. The legendary player gave all the credit to Aaron Finch & Co. after they beat India by 35 runs in the fifth and final ODI to seal a remarkable come-from-behind series win.
Batting first, Australia posted 272 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. Usman Khawaja once again starred with the bat by scoring his second ton of the series. At 175 for 1 in the 33rd over, Australia looked set to post 300 again. However, they lost wickets in heaps towards the end and thus finished on 272. But the score turned out to be more than enough in the end as India rarely looked in contention to chase it down.
Barring Rohit Sharma’s fifty, the other top-order batsmen including skipper Virat Kohli failed miserably as India found themselves reeling at 132 for 6. The game looked all but over at that stage. But Kedar Jadhav (44) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) had other plans as they looked to take India home. However, before the victory could come in sight, Pat Cummins broke their 91-run stand. On the very next delivery, Jhye Richardson dismissed Jadhav to reduce India to 223 for 8. India were eventually all out for 237.
The win, nonetheless, ended Australia’s long wait for a series win. Their last series win had come against Pakistan at home in 2016-17. After the win, a jubilant Justin Langer credited his players for their historic win over India.
“All the credit to the players. We just make them prepare for the game but they have to go out there and perform in crunch situations. Incredibly proud of the boys,” Justin Langer said at the post-match presentation.
He further lavished praise on India skipper Virat Kohli and lauded the hosts “great fighting spirit”.
“I have never seen a player like Kohli. They showed character and great fighting spirit. India had the better of us in Australia and we were able to have the better of them here,” Langer said.
Meanwhile, the series loss ended India’s long unbeaten run at home. The Men in Blue had lost an ODI series at home way back in 2015 when South Africa beat them. This was also the first time since 2009 India lost three ODIs in a row at home. They last suffered three consecutive losses at home in 2009 which was also against Australia.
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