India won the 5th and final ODI at Nagpur on 1st October to complete a 4-1 series victory against the Australians. India went into the series as the favorites and did not disappoint their fans as they outplayed and outclassed the Australians in all departments of the game. We take a look at 5 key reasons why India was so dominant against the Aussies.
Triple Century Opening Partnerships: S Dhawan missed the ODI series due to personal reasons and A Rahane took full use of the opportunity to partner well with R Sharma. The pair put on three consecutive century partnerships that gave India’s middle-order an ideal platform to pile on the runs towards the end.
Hardik Pandya: H Pandya was a revelation this series as he delivered with both bat and ball at crucial times. He was promoted to number 4 in the batting order on multiple occasions and showed that he has the composure to play a long innings. Pandya was awarded the man of the series award and captain Kohli said his performance was the best thing that has come out of this series.
Wrist Spinners: India decided to rest the spin-twins R Ashwin and R Jadeja and instead chose to go with two wrist spinners in Y Chahal and K Yadav. The experiment paid off for the Indians as K Yadav took a hat-trick and Y Chahal was economical and also a wicket-taker. The Australians struggled to pick both wrist-spinners and it is highly likely that both spinners will take preference over Ashwin and Jadeja in the ODI format.
Death Bowling: Australian captain S Smith paid tribute to B Kumar and J Bumrah calling them the two best death bowlers going around at the moment. Both Kumar and Bumrah showed that they have the ability to keep the runs down and take wickets in the slog overs and were one of the main reasons why Australia could never pile up massive totals. The only time Australia crossed 300 was in the 4th ODI when both bowlers were rested.
Ruthless Captaincy: Kohli stated before the series that he wanted his players to be ruthless and continue from where they left off against Sri Lanka. Even though they won the series early on 3-0, the Indians continued to put pressure on Australia and a 4-1 series result and a return to being the number one ICC ODI team in the world is proof of Kohli and his team’s ruthlessness.