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Virat Kohli equals Dhoni's record winning run

Virat Kohli equals Dhoni's record winning run

India flexed their batting muscle as they completed a 294 run chase in 47.5 overs with five wickets in hand in the third One-Day International against Australia in Indore thereby completing a 3-0 series win. India has jumped to the top of the ODI rankings, for now, overtaking Australia and South Africa, but can still slip to the number-two spot if the visitors win the next two games. That time (in Chennai) I thought that Zampa was bowling and I knew that I could hit a six off him anytime I wanted to. However, in a surprise move, India opted to send Pandya (78) at number four and he responded with a six in his fourth delivery, indicating things to come.

At first, Australia opted to bat first after winning the toss and got a decent start when David Warner and Aaron Finch compiled a partnership of 70 runs.

Hardik Pandya has been one of the most important figures in that revolution. And to be honest, I used to hit sixes before too, it's just that I am hitting them at a higher level now. "Obviously the plan was to target the spinners and it came out pretty well". "That's why I waited till (Zampa's) seventh over and then I got the opportunity to change the momentum". Rather than seeing this as a challenge, I see this as an opportunity to do something nice for the team.

"If you want to think that way, you can, I have no problems".

Lloyd went on to say "He seems to have a lot to say to the batsmen, I'm not sure I'm agreeing with all that".

There was a stage in the game when Kohli and Kedar Jadhav departed in quick succession, leaving Pandya and Manish Pandey, the latter having struggled for runs in the first two games, to take the chase forward. Having been promoted to No 4in batting order for the express objective of going after spinners.

With his consistent performances, Pandya is expected to carry the weight of expectations like other star players of the team.

The 23-year-old Pandya, who survived a dropped chance by skipper Steve Smith off Agar on 41, once again made it count for India after his 83 in the opening game in Chennai. We have been wanting a guy like that for the past five, six years.

It (batting at No. 4) does not make any difference where I bat. "This is the first time I played so many balls, so it was great". It's pretty important that I read the game.

As the team management goes about finding the best team for the World Cup project, Pandya's form remains central to the balance of the side. They were 35-40 runs short. A 5-0 result is what it would be after, and given his all-round involvement in the team's affairs lately, Pandya could well have a big role to play in it.



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