Virat Kohli shows confidence on two wrist spinners in team

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Indian cricket team will look to continue their dominating run at home against Australia in the five-match ODI series

When asked about how the men in blue are looking this series against Australi, Kohli said,"I don't think we need to look at any series differently".

In the previous year, India's top three batsmen have contributed 57.6% of the team runs, while Australia's top three have accounted for 54.5%.

Kohli faltered in the Test series - 46 runs in five innings, his poorest return from a Test series on home soil - and has a point to prove against Australia. With 336 runs from five innings, including a hundred and three half-centuries, Rahane was the top scorer on either side. Australia won the previous bilateral series (4-1). "I think Kohli really owns the ODI form of cricket, his favourite format, if you look at his statistics", Clarke said to India Today. But Rohit Sharma, who only returned to the Indian side for Champions Trophy after missing the series against England and Australia, believes it is up to the players to manage the workload.

The top-order debate - Virat Kohli at No. 3, with not an inch of doubt. "He had found it hard to switch, but once you identify a role and once you get the balance by giving the player more chances, he gets more confident", Virat Kohli added. Does Ajinkya Rahane, who could open in Shikhar Dhawan's absence, have the ability to match modern scoring standards? Rahul, on the other hand, won't have that allowance, as he is set to continue batting in the middle order, despite having the skillsets to open.

Manish Pandey, in the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka, came up with crucial knocks and even replaced Rahul at No 4 in the final ODI.

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However, Rohit, the vice-captain, felt the team's "versatility" was its strength. Smith said Saturday the team had the 2019 World Cup firmly in mind. "I'd say it'll play a reasonable part throughout this series". The India captain also said there was no question of seeing the visitors in different light after a relatively easy tour sweep against Sri Lanka. Ajinkya has opened in the West Indies. Those two guys have provided that to us and they are very confident coming into this series.

"Whenever they have an opportunity to bat wherever, they will be happy to do it. We are very sure of that". That's why we have the (rotation) policy going on.

"Also the players involved in the series you know, that becomes more exciting and players are more pumped up to win games and outdo each other", he added.

How do you stop India's master chasers Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni? The advantage for him is he still has a reasonable number of games to arrive at the right formula, with the World Cup still two years away. In case skipper Kohli prefers to give Jadeja, who has been resting for a while, some time to get back into the groove, he has the option of playing both the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

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