India vs Australia 2019: Men in Blue Suffer First Series Defeat At Home Under Virat Kohli
Before the start of the India-Australia series, there was talk about the margin of win with which India will be defeating Australia. A whitewash was the preferred choice for the fans as they backed India to defeat a depleted Australian team.
The end result was contrary to what was expected. It did look like India will whitewash Australia after they won the second ODI as well but Australia scripted one of the best comebacks in the history of the game by winning the last three ODIs of the five-match series to win the trophy.
With a defeat in the series, Virat Kohli registered an unwanted record alongside is name as this was the first defeat in ODIs for him in India.
Kohli had never lost an ODI series at home prior to this series.
Aaron Finch and co, on the other hand, scripted history by defeating India at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
It was also the first time when India lost an ODI series after winning the first two ODIs (in a five-match series).
Kohli was appointed as the full-time captain of Indian cricket team in January 2017 after Dhoni relinquished the post.
Under him, India defeated England, West Indies, Australia (in 2017), South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia (in January 2019 in Australia).
Kohli holds a strong record as captain in ODIs but it went down a bit with the series defeat against Australia at home.
India had also lost the T20I series 0-2, that further added to problems of the team.
The home side had won the first ODI comfortably by chasing down 237.
In the second ODI, India defended a low target of 251 successfully.
Australia won the third match in Ranchi where Australia defended a total of 313.
By chasing down 359 in the fourth ODI, Australia assured that the series went into the decider and they won the series by not allowing India to crease history in Delhi.
With a win in the series, Australia got a big boost ahead of World Cup 2019.
The comebacks of Steve Smith and David Warner will further add the firepower to the Australian team.