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A collective failure, can take a lot of learnings from this series: Rohit Sharma

Last updated on 22 Mar 2023 | 05:40 PM
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A collective failure, can take a lot of learnings from this series: Rohit Sharma

India slumped to a 21-run defeat in the third ODI against Australia to concede the three-match ODI series 2-1

India suffered their first series defeat at home since 2019, when an Aaron Finch-led Australian side defeated the hosts 3-2, after going 2-0 down. It was somewhat similar this time around too. After going 1-0 up with a win in Mumbai, India slumped to defeat in the next two games and wound up conceding the series 2-1.

While India skipper Rohit Sharma admits that the batters did not apply themselves in the third ODI in Chennai during the chase of 270, he still believes that there are a lot of learnings from the series.

"Don't think it was too many runs. We didn't bat well. Partnerships are crucial and that's something we failed to do today. You are brought up playing in these types of wickets, it's important you apply," Rohit said at the post-match presentation.

"After the start, it was important for one batter to carry on and take the game deep. It just didn't happen. Lot of takeaways. We can take a lot of positives from the nine ODIs since January. We need to understand where we need to improve. 

"It's a collective failure, we can take a lot of learnings from this series. Credit to the Australians. Both the spinners applied the pressure and so did their seamers."

Player of the match Adam Zampa, who finished with figures of 4 for 45, has credited Ashton Agar for changing the course of the game picking up the wickets for Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav off consecutive deliveries.

"I have had some success here. It's a tough place to come, always a huge challenge," Zampa said.

"I try to stay in the game and be competitive. Ashton Agar changed the game. Kudos to the bowlers who bowled before me as well. We trust each other, trust our game plan. The message was to trust our process and improve on it."

Mitchell Marsh opened the batting in all three matches in David Warner's absence. In fact, Warner, who returned to the side after missing the first two games, batted at four in the decider in Chennai.

Marsh ended the three-match series as the leading run-getter, having amassed 194 runs at  97 to go with a staggering strike-rate of 131.08. Despite his player of the series performance, Marsh backs Warner to return to the top of the order soon.

"Natural aggression when it comes to batting. It's been a lot of fun," Marsh said of his performance in the series.

"I've got my little mate [Warner] who'll come back at some stage. I'm coming off an extended break, worked on a lot of things. Came here really fresh. It's been great. Hopefully I can have fun with Delhi [Capitals] as well."

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