The Indian National Cricket team currently have the luxury to boast three skippers in their playing XI in the form of former skipper MS Dhoni, current skipper Virat Kohli and stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma. This has been a massive advantage for the men in blues as often Kohli has discussed with the other two before taking any call. Meanwhile, one such instance recently took place during the second ODI against Australia at Nagpur.
The men in blues banked on Virat Kohli who scored a majestic hundred to guide India post 250 runs in the board after Finch decided to bowl first. He and Shankar shared a crucial stand for the fourth-wicket to bail India out after losing back to back wickets. Shankar was of top-class today dominating the Aussie bowlers with great authority. Kohli departed scoring 116 runs before India crumbled to 250 runs.
Kohli, Rohit, and Dhoni come together to give India 500th win
Meanwhile, the visiting side put up a good chase on a tricky surface with Marcus Stoinis leading the chase with the tail. However, Australia got off to a good start with Aaron Finch finally returning to form. The opening pair added 83 runs before the Indian National Cricket team drew the first blood. Some useful contribution from Peter Handscomb and Alex Carey kept the Aussies in the game before Marcus Stoinis stretched the game till the wire. However, Jasprit Bumrah bowled beautifully in the 46th over to turn the game before Vijay Shankar finished it off. But, skipper Kohli was in a dilemma before handing the ball to Jasprit Bumrah in the 46th over of the game.
Virat Kohli seemed interested to use Vijay Shankar in the 46th over to keep his strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the last. But a brief discussion with Rohit and Dhoni saw him changing his decision as he gave the ball to Jasprit Bumrah. The top-ranked ODI bowler paid off the trust with two brilliant wickets to change the course of the game as the home side took an all-important 2-0 lead.
“I was thinking of using Vijay in the 46th over, but I spoke to Rohit and MS, and they said, let’s stick with Shami and Bumrah, and if they get some wickets we’re on top, and that’s exactly what happened,” Kohli revealed after the game.
Dhoni, Virat, and Rohit – accumulated ODI wins
Moreover, India achieved its 500th one-day international win with their eight-run victory in the history of ODI cricket. Among the 500 wins, MS Dhoni has registered the most no of victories with 110 wins. He also led the side during the victorious ICC World Cup campaign in 2011. He stepped down from the leadership role early in 2018 as Virat Kohli took over the reins of the side. There was a transition in the Indian National Cricket team as a more expressive and aggressive skipper took over the scheme of things.
Since then, the men in blues have witnessed a more fit team who likes to win games whenever they step inside the field. The attitude of the players have also changed as Kohli has won 49 games as an ODI skipper in this one year. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has also stepped in whenever necessary with the selectors carefully managing the workload of Virat Kohli ahead of the ICC World Cup. In the ten games, he has led the side in the fifty-over games, Rohit has emerged victorious in eight outings with an 80 percent win record.
The trio who currently features in the Indian National Cricket team have accumulated for 167 wins out of 500 ODI victory.
Meanwhile, with the World Cup approaching, Indian National Cricket team will aim to deliver goods and reclaim the top position. In a bid to that, having three skippers in their ranks will be a massive bonus for them during the business end of the tournament. India begin their campaign in the showpiece event on June 5 against South Africa.