India tour of Australia: India face an uphill task in the ODI series finale against an upbeat Australian side. Captian Virat Kohli, who has lost 5 ODIs on the trot, needs to breach Canberra fortress to avoid an unwanted record.
3rd ODI: India look to avoid 3-0 sweep as Virat Kohli stares at unwanted record (Reuters Photo)
- India are staring at their 2nd successive ODI series whitewash in 2020
- Virat Kohli has lost 5 successive matches as ODI captain
- India will take on Australia in the 3rd ODI at Manuka Oval in Canberra
India have had a poor year when it comes to ODI cricket. Virat Kohli’s men have managed only 2 wins in 8 matches and are staring at a second consecutive series whitewash, this time against Australia in Australia. Following a 3-0 sweep against New Zealand in February, India’s problems in the 50-over format of the game have persisted.
As Harbhajan Singh pointed out, India’s body language has not been up to the mark so far on their much-anticipated tour of Australia. In a span of 3 days, India have already conceded an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the ODI series and are in danger of getting clean-swept again.
Captain Virat Kohli has lost 5 matches on the trot in ODI cricket and can become the only second captain since Sunil Gavaskar in 1981 to lose more than 5 ODIs on the trot. Gavaskar had lost 7 matches as captain on the trot in ODIs in 1981. MS Dhoni (2015 to 2016), Sourav Ganguly (2002) and Dilip Vengsarkar (1989) were the only other India captains to have lost 5 ODIs on the bounce.
It has been far from an ideal start to the Australia tour which also has 3 T20Is and the all-important 4-match Test series. India were comfortably outclassed by Aaron Finch’s men who posted 374 and 389 in the first 2 ODIs in Sydney. The action shifts to Canberra but it’s not good news for Kohli as Australia have never lost an international fixture at the Manuka Oval.