No excuse, no panic - Kohli sees big picture in Australia loss

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Team India is nearly ready to participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to begin on May 30 in England and Wales. Moreover, he is at the second place in the list of Australian players scoring most runs in a five-match ODI series by amassing 383 runs in the recently-concluded series.

"It's really satisfying to come back to the one-day side and contribute but even more satisfying to get that series win".

All of which left India captain Virat Kohli, never one to heap too much praise on his opponents, nearly gushing in his praise of Australia. Full stadiums. We just want to relive the big moments and do well in the World Cup.

One of them was to find a reliable batsman at No. 4 after several candidates fluffed their audition.

Kohli himself flirted with the position in Mohali where he managed seven - his lowest of the series - and will return to his usual No. 3 where he has been most effective. "Given a window where guys can afford to rest, they will take that opportunity, I can guarantee that", Kohli said. "That is not an excuse at all because whoever is selected for India is supposed to deliver".

Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday took a jibe at India while congratulating Pakistan-born Australian batsman Usman Khawaja for his match-winning performance against the Indian cricket team.

India skipper Virat Kohli has called upon his players to be smart and be responsible about their fitness going into IPL 2019.

"We are sorted combination wise".

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"What we're trying to do as a team, we did really well in the first couple of games without winning. we knew we were close", Khawaja said.

"There will be one change maybe, based on condition".

"'Do it so you can run harder between the wickets and field better because we know you're talented".

"We have been playing good cricket and doesn't feel like a loss". He spoke to the team in the dressing room after the conclusion of the Australia series and told them that the next two months in the IPL they should go easy and enjoy the game.

"We've given the responsibility to the player to be smart, to inform the management of the franchise and be in touch with Patrick (Farhart), our physio".

"Those 50-50 ones we kept losing, but in Ranchi, we got that first win and it was a massive confidence boost, and we got the momentum from there". No one will be forced to do something.

Despite being defending and five-time World Cup winners, the Australians finished their 2018 ODI matches with a loss in Hobart to South Africa, part of a 2-1 series defeat and their 13th ODI loss of the year.

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