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INDIAN CRICKET NEWS: INDIA BEATS AUSTRALIA HANDSOMELY TO WIN THE SERIES 4-1 AND RECLAIMS THE NO.1 ODIs SPOT

INDIAN CRICKET NEWS: INDIA BEATS AUSTRALIA HANDSOMELY TO WIN THE SERIES 4-1 AND RECLAIMS THE NO.1 ODIs SPOT

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Rohit Sharma’s century and Axar Patel’s 3/38 helped India beat Australia by seven wickets in the Nagpur ODi to clinch the series 4-1. With this victory, India retained their No.1 spot in ODI rankings after momentary slip.

Kohli, India captain: It feels good. It was a really convincing series win for us. Ticked all boxes. We were put under pressure many times and we came back four times to win four games. Happy with the way the team played. We repeated the way we played against Sri Lanka, proud of that. Shows the quality of the side, regardless of the opposition. It's become second nature for them (to win games), the management plays a massive part in motivating the players when we need to find motivation after being 3-0 up in the series. We had a chance to retain the No. 1 spot and we ended up doing well. Bhuvi and Bumrah have been outstanding for us, have been a class apart.

Whenever the game has slipped away, they've pulled it back nicely. Hardik Pandya has been the biggest positive. Good headaches regarding selection, you don't mind that. These guys have made it possible by their hard work. That makes my job as a captain very easy.

Huge roars as Hardik Pandya is announced as Man of the Series


Pandya: When I went to bat at No. 4, got a few runs, and the team won the series. There is always a scope of improvement. I'm just focussing on that, working hard on my fitness. Pretty important to keep myself fit. It's always a pleasure to play against Australia. I was looking forward to this series. Really happy that I got this award, and we won the series.

Rohit Sharma is Man of the Match

Rohit: I guess it was a bit of cramp, the weather has been hot. That's always been my thing - to keep it simple. And that has worked for me. Certain areas I keep working off the field. Nothing comes easy. I know my strengths and weaknesses. Initially it was tough, the Australians changed their plans. They were much straighter compared to the previous game. I would love to have such a record against all the teams. Love playing against the Australians, they're competitive and never give anything easily. That probably brings out the best.

Smith, Australia captain: Probably a 300 wicket. One of our top four needed to make a big score. Lost wickets in clumps again. Have a few things to look at to try and improve and gain the consistent performances we're after. Just need to get the right balance of the way we want to play and get consistent performances. We've been outplayed and deserve to lose 4-1. A lot of our players have played a lot of cricket in India, can't use that as an excuse. Still got to try and keep a positive frame of mind. India are a very good cricket team, they've got a very good balance. We have six or so days until the 3-match T20I series. We'd like to go home with a trophy.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75