Gautam Gambhir think even addition of MS Dhoni won’t help India’s batting

Aubrey Yates
March 15, 2019

Australia beat India by 35 runs in the fifth one-day global in Delhi to complete their comeback from 2-0 down and win the five-match series 3-2.

It is Australia's first one-day series win since they beat Pakistan in 2016-17, and the first time India have lost a home series since 2015.

Despite Kohli assuring the reporters, former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has expressed his concerns about India's Playing XI for the looming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

During this series, the Indian team management was looking for a balanced team combination heading into the mega-event. In between, they lost six bilateral ODI series.

A sorted India captain in Virat Kohli had laid emphasis on how India have almost found the best combination ahead of the showpiece event and also mentioned there is only spot left for discussion.

For the final ODI India tried out five bowlers with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja coming in for Yuzvendra Chahal along with three fast bowlers.

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"We are more or less sorted with what we want to do".

MS Dhoni's presence won't give batting depth: Former Indian cricketer sounded pretty unconvinced with India's World Cup playing XI. We know where we are going.

India's victory chances were then effectively snuffed out with Rohit's dismissal for 56, as he needlessly charged out of his crease attempting an ugly hoick off Zampa and was stumped by Alex Carey.

"Australia played with more passion, hunger and heart and they deserved to win", Kohli said in the post-match press conference. He felt that the batting was too weak of this combination with Kedar Jadhav coming in at no.6 and according to him, even the addition of MS Dhoni won't bolster the line-up a great deal.

"Never underestimate the importance of MSD - experience in the middle order is so important", Clarke, a World Cup-winning captain, wrote on his twitter handle about the seasoned player who has also led his country to two World Cup triumphs. However, he felt that the playing XI that was used in the Delhi ODI wasn't the best possible XI. Moreover, this was India's first ODI series defeat under the leadership of Virat Kohli at home.

"I can guarantee this that this isn't India's best playing XI". But this playing XI does not give you enough confidence.

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