The 36-year-old looks certain to add to his 301 ODI caps on Sunday but questions marks remain on whether he is worthy of a place in the World Cup squad.
India won the match by 26 runs in the rain-truncated match. When the Australians were eyeing more damage, the two batsmen just focused on rotating the strike and did the fix job to good effect. Throwing different challenges at different players is a way to establish who is eventually going to fit the bill.
"It won't be a one-sided series, Australia certainly won't be coming here to lose".
This series was expected to be a face-off between the top three batsmen on either side. Not having Shikhar Dhawan for the three ODIs is a blow as the southpaw has been among runs in all formats lately.
The same pair had already combined to remove opener Ajinkya Rahane for five-runs in the fourth over of the match.
With India coming home from a resounding success in Sri Lanka, in which they won all three Test matches, all five ODI matches, and the lone Twenty20 match, there is an expectation that good form will be built on and that a vulnerable Australian side could provide the ideal cannon fodder for Kohli's men. "We have to play as much we may have to". India on the other hand have managed only 41 wins. That's not being fair to the sport and that's something that we as a team do not believe in. While Rahul will be bat later as he is in the No. 4 spot.
Has Pandey stolen a march over his Karnataka team-mate? The preparation of the players in the match India vs Australia is probably being marked. The ideal finisher should have the ability to hit sixes at will and must be a swift mover between the wickets to put pressure on the outfielders; unfortunately Jadhav doesn't tick either box.
India's spin-bowling department too presents Kohli with a variety with Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahala and Ravindra Jadeja to choose from.
Hardik Pandya played his best ODI innings to date.
India, who are enjoying a fine run of form, winning Tests, ODIs and a solitary T20 in Sri Lanka on their way to 9-0 scoreline, start as favourites. We [India] lost wickets, and it was important for me to make a partnership with MSD [Dhoni]. The opener once again falls prey to a short ball and Coulter-Nile at deep square leg takes an easy catch. Often they have done the same with Pandya too. It worked with the new ball today. Now, though, the stage was set with recovery done and the final few overs to go.
Jadhav walked in ahead of Dhoni and started off positively with a couple of fours in as many overs.