Ten years ago when Australia beat India 4-2 in a seven match ODI series in India, many people said that the result was a fair reflection of where the two nations stood at that point in time.
Now in 2017, India’s 4-1 triumph over Australia is again a fair indication of the gulf in class between them. While Australia is by no means a poor side, it is just that they have come up against an Indian side that is playing a different level of ODI cricket.
One of India’s main pillars of strength is MS Dhoni. The Kohli-Dhoni axis seems to be the fulcrum around which the entire team is functioning, something that is working wonders for everyone involved in the side.
It is no secret that MS Dhoni was twice the captain once the spinners started coming into the game. The moment the pitch would start slowing down and gripping a little, Dhoni would bring on the spinners and come into his own.
One such example could be seen in the final ODI, when Kedar Jadhav was asked to bowl to the big hitting Aussie openers. Dhoni told Jadhav, “Woh maarne wala dalna, andar ya baahar koi bhi (Bowl the one that he tries to hit, turning in or away, either is fine)”.
As it turns out, Jadhav did manage to snare the big wicket of Steve Smith as India turned on the screw to restrict Australia to 242.