Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sanjay Manjrekar picks his Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019

Sanjay Manjrekar picks his Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019

Australia sealed a stunning, come-from-behind, 3-2 ODI series victory over India as they beat their hosts by 35 runs in the final one-day worldwide of the series in Delhi on Wednesday. "They just showed more composure in a pressure situation", Virat said.

"It's huge. Just winning a series in India is huge".

A clearer picture will emerge after the ODI series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates later this month, but the manner of their victory against India makes Finch confident of their title defence at the World Cup. "And when you capitalize on probably every important moment that comes in the game as a side, it gets very hard to go past that side". The deadline to submit the final squad for the World Cup is April 23 and the former cricketers are busy predicting their line-ups for the tournament.

Optimism, it seems, has replaced the despair of just a few months ago.

Shikhar Dhawan fell in the fifth over of India's reply but once Rohit was stumped after charging out of his crease to Zampa, India lost their way.

It was a reborn Khawaja that forced India's hand on their own turf - even his dismissal in Delhi brought something out in India skipper Virat Kohli, who knew his side was under pressure.

Ponting, who won two World Cups as captain, complimented Finch's tactical acumen and said, "Tactically what I've seen, he's looked sharp", he said.

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The All-Star responded with the fire as expected. "It turned to, I mean, the guy is f-king everything". Never have before, but once he said the comment, his wife repeated the same thing to me as well.

But Kohli said after Australia sealed the series on Wednesday: "None of the guys in the changing room are panicking, the support staff is not feeling down after this defeat".

Australian cricket has suffered a torrid year since Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for ball-tampering during a Test last March, an incident that prompted a national outcry.

"Jadeja bowling Finch was a beauty, it gripped and turned", Khawaja said at the post-match press conference.

"But I'm also pretty aware that he will know that he's got all of his mates behind him, wanting him to do really well and wanting him to start making big runs again at the top of the order", he concluded. It should be a much more pleasant get-together after the end of the ODI series losing streak.

"Man of the series in a one-day tournament in India, I wasn't even in the one-day side this time past year", he told reporters after the match. "It has been an unbelievable ride since India arrived in Australia", Langer said.

Regardless, being a key player behind Australia's renewed optimism in ODI cricket is something the elegant left-hander will hold close as he and side travel to the UAE to take on Pakistan.

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