No excuse, no panic - Kohli sees big picture in Australia loss

India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

Virat Kohli-led Team India lost 3-2 to Australia in the recently concluded five-match ODI series. They are a very young side, very inexperienced side but they showed more heart and more confidence in pressure situations. Those small moments in the game, to just let them drift away and India win the series.

The Australians have one more ODI series - five matches against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates - before the World Cup starts in England in late May. The last three games were all about giving the fringe guys some chances, but that's not an excuse at all.

Despite missing banned batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia bounced back from a 0-2 deficit to clinch the series with a comfortable 35-run win in the final ODI in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Optimism, it seems, has replaced the despair of just a few months ago.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch had earlier won the toss and opted to bat first in the series decider.

"We always knew that the plans and the style that we wanted to play are all there, can win us the World Cup, win us big series against great teams and India are definitely a great team".

Virat Kohli, (losing captain): Yeah we thought it was a gettable target.

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Usman Khawaja's century led the visitors after captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat, Australia scoring 272-9.

Ponting, who won two World Cups as captain, complimented Finch's tactical acumen and said, "Tactically what I've seen, he's looked sharp", he said. I think everyone's gelled really well together.

Shankar impressed everyone at the top of the order during the T20Is against New Zealand, with his clean hitting and batting prowess. "Must enjoy ourselves and play because we enjoy the game", Kohli said in the post-match press conference.

India's collapse from 2-0 up to a 3-2 defeat earned his side some harsh criticism in the media on Thursday, with a Times of India headline declaring "The Bubble Bursts", while the Indian Express said "India lose grip, match, series".

- Pat Cummins took 14 wickets in the series which is the joint-third most for a bowler in a bilateral ODI series against India in India.

India's Rohit Sharma is stumped out after he lost grip of his bat while playing a shot during the final one day worldwide cricket match between India and Australia in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Australian players celebrate the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the final one day worldwide cricket match between India and Australia in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

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