IND vs AUSTRALIA 2017: Combined XI Of The Five Match ODI Series
India climbed to the number one spot in the ICC rankings on Sunday when they defeated Australia in the fifth and final ODI in Nagpur and took the series 4-1. Australia was completely dismantled in the series by a young Indian side. Australia only managed to win the fourth ODI played in Bangalore. However, both the teams had some noticeable performers. The likes of Hardik Pandya, Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma, David Warner, all impressed with their performances.
Let’s have a look at the combined playing XI of both the teams after the player’s performances in the recently concluded series.
David Warner has been Australia’s mainstay at the top of the order for a very long time now. His century in the third ODI helped Australia post a mammoth total which eventually was too much for the Indian team. He finished the series with 245 runs in five innings with a top score of 124.
Rohit ‘Hitman’ Sharma played incredibly well at the top of the order for India and gave India solid starts along with Ajinkya Rahane. Sharma was the top scorer in the series with 296 runs. His score of 125 in the final ODI was the only century for an Indian batsman and the highest score in the series.
Aaron Finch made a comeback to the Australian playing XI in the third ODI as a calf injury kept him out action. He made an incredible century in his comeback match. He made 124 runs in the third ODI and finished as the second highest run scorer with 250 runs.
Virat Kohli (Captain)
As per his standards, Virat Kohli had an average series as a batsman as he scored 180 runs in five innings. However, his captaincy skills were on point throughout the series and outclassed his counterpart, Steven Smith. Kohli motivated his players and got the better of the Australian team.
This five match ODI series has been a career making series for all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He rescued India in the first ODI with his career best score of 83. His bowling has also been a transition for the Indian team. He got breakthroughs at regular intervals.
MS Dhoni’s return to form has been great for the Indian team. He along with Hardik Pandya rescued India in the first ODI. He scored patiently in the first ODI and scored 79 runs. He also had a decent series behind the stumps. Out of the three wicket-keepers in the series, Dhoni had the most number of dismissals. He took three catches and had three stumping to his name.
Kane Richardson made a comeback to the Australian side replacing an injured Josh Hazelwood. He did not disappoint the selectors as he impressed with his bowling. He took seven wickets in the series and was the second highest wicket taker in the series.
Nathan Coulter-Nile was the highest wicket-taker in the five match ODI series. He led the Australian bowling department in the absence of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood. He picked up 10 wickets in the five matches.
KuldeepYadav rose to fame when he took a hat-trick in the second ODI in Kolkata. He impressed with variations and smart cricket. He is touted as the next big thing in cricket.
Yuzvender Chahal complimented Kuldeep Yadav equally well as the spin duo troubled the Australian batsmen. Chahal got the better of Glen Maxwell three times in three innings. In all he picked up six wickets in the series.
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