Australia produced a dominating performance to crush India by ten wickets in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli experimented with their batting order sending KL Rahul at No. 3 while Indian skipper came at second drop which reopened the middle-order debate which has haunted the Men in Blues in the last few years. However, Kohli assured that there is no need to panic with only one defeat.
David Warner and Aaron Finch produced a match-winning stand to sail past the target with almost 12 overs to spare. Warner remained unbeaten on 128 runs while the Aussie skipper knocked 110 runs as they toiled with the Indian bowlers. They made the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami look like some first-class level bowlers hitting them for boundaries at will.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s experiment to bat at No. 4 in a bid to solve the long-term top-order problems faced severe criticisms. The talismanic run-scorer hadn’t had a good run in the unusual position, and it continued to be a pain for him. So far, his highest score batting at No. 4 is 16 in the seven innings. But Kohli insisted that it can come good later despite agreeing that it didn’t come off as they hoped.
“It’s about giving some guys opportunities,” he said after the match. “Every now and then, it’s about putting people up there and testing them. People need to relax and not panic with one game. I am allowed to experiment a little bit and fail at times. Today was one of the days it didn’t come off,” he added.
India have found it hard to accommodate KL Rahul in the batting order who has done exceedingly well in the limited opportunities that came his way. Rahul even took his chances in the series against West Indies, hitting his first ODI hundred at home when Dhawan was sitting out with another injury. But Virat Kohli, before signing off, admitted that today’s defeat will make them rethink the batting order once again.
‘We’ve had this discussion many times in the past as well,” Kohli said about Rahul’s batting position. “Because of the way KL (Rahul) has been batting, we have tried to fit him in the batting line-up. But I don’t think it’s gone quite our way whenever I batted at four so probably will have to rethink that one,” he concluded.