Inexperienced Australians shock India in first ODI

Postado Janeiro 14, 2019

"I personally always feel that Dhoni batting at No.4 will be ideal for the team", he said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Shankar will join the side before the second ODI, while Gill will join for the New Zealand series. The fact that they were up against an Australian batting lineup which does not have too many big hitters as the middle order includes Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter handscomb saw them restrict the score to under 300 otherwise this set of bowlers can come into a lot of trouble against a batting lineup that is proactive.

"I think I have become mentally stronger now and I have full confidence that I can finish close matches", Vijay told PTI.

Rohit, who had described Dhoni as the "guiding light of the group" ahead of the match, also said that the former captain was ready to bat anywhere for the team.

In the half-century at the SCG, his first since making 65 against Sri Lanka in December 2017, Dhoni faced 63 dot balls out of his 96 deliveries.

Chasing 289 for a win, India were at one stage reduced to 4 for 3 before Rohit, who scored his 22nd ODI hundred, and Dhoni put on a 141-run partnership for the fourth wicket. At that point losing another wicket the game would have been dead, so we wanted to make sure we take the game forward so we had to play dot balls.

He believes that A team coach Dravid's decision to send him to bat at No 5 in New Zealand helped him immensely.

"Getting [Kohli] is one that I'm going to treasure for a long time", he said. "We might have a chat in Adelaide but what's done is done". These things happen. You can't always be right.

"It was great to see him come and bat at number five". Global cricket is all about absorbing pressure, today was the ideal example, we were put under pressure and not able to absorb it. It is important to use that DRS pretty well. "I just want continuity and look forward to be playing again", he added. Sometimes there will be times where no. 6, 7, 8 need to score those crucial runs. But he remained confident that they had enough depth in their lower order.