Player of the Match went to India’s Rohit Sharma, as his 119 from 128 stand delivered the cup de gras that delivered the ODI series to India, despite Steve Smith’s 131.
Back to the drawing board, maybe, but this was not some second or third tier squad, it was India and Australia did a nice job it taking the first match convincingly, saw India level in the second in a tighter match in the second ODI, and then take the series with a seven-wicket win in the third match.
After the first match, the pundits came out to question India captain Virat Kohli’s choice to bat fourth, but moving up to third for the last Test found him bowled, but not until he had put up a quiet 89 off 91.
While it was a close series, it is worth mentioning that India was down a couple of key players, their best allrounder and their opening batsman for the final match.
Ahead of the series, many were expecting the dry conditions that are often devised to give the hosts the best possible advantage, but with Australia touring, complete with the best pace and all-out attack in the world, the pitches in India were slowed to help the spinners.
We say slow in the relative sense, because slow in India would be lightning quick in say, England, but in the final analysis, both sides play on the same pitch and in this instance, it was India that did the better job of adjusting.
A 137-run partnership between Kohli and RG Sharma in the second innings did much to decide the outcome and few, if any, suspected that the 16 runs Kohli went off for in the first Test at the hand of Adam Zampa, would be the final say for the best batter in the world.
The path ahead for Australia will supply a stern test.
The Baggy Green are due in South Africa for three ODIs and three T20I matches with the Proteas in February 2020 before touring New Zealand for three T20Is in March.