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India vs Australia: Three mistakes Kohli made as a captain in ODI series

From retaining the same playing 11 in the second ODI to giving short spells to his premier bowler, Kohli made some big tactical mistakes as captain during India vs Australia ODI series

India vs Australia | Virat Kohli | India cricket team

Anish Kumar  |  New Delhi 

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India's Virat Kohli congratulates Australia's Aaron Finch, right, after the match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo: AP | PTI

Indian cricket team failed to make an impression in its first series, after the Covid-19 forced break, which raised some questions about squad selection and hence the final playing eleven. After the first match, Kohli said that India did not have any all-rounder in the ODI squad and the sixth bowling option has to come from within the team.
In fact, the lack of a sixth bowling option is not a new problem for India in 50-over cricket. During India’s tour of New Zealand in February this year, India lost the series 3-0 and now Indian team management have to go a long way in fixing the issue.
Moreover, India is staring a series whitewash in a day's time, when it will lock horns for the third and final ODI match of the series against Australia at Canberra on Wednesday. Though, India’s lacklustre performance cannot be attributed to only one reason, Virat Kohli’s bad decisions on and off the field should also share the blame. Going with the same set for players after a loss in the first ODI did not help the Indian captain in the second one.

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And it seemed Kohli has not had any specific plan against the opposition batsmen in comparison to Australian bowlers, who peppered Indians with short deliveries and sent them back to the pavilion. 



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First Published: Tue, December 01 2020. 14:00 IST