Akshay Maanay, Hari Sadanandan, Raju Peethala and Mukesh. This is it fellas. The last official ODI for India, before the World Cup as the Aussies look ahead to an ODI series in the UAE in a few days. We’re calling it a day here at Cricbuzz, as the Indians put their feet up ahead of the glitzy IPL and the World Cup. So long!
The proud Aussies receive the trophy – an ODI trophy that has been long overdue. Their first one since the Newlands Saga, and one that echos Bradman’s Invincbles in England several decades ago – coming back from 0-2 to win 3-2 against India in their home conditions, with their manic crowd spurring them on, it really is an unprecedented achievement. I know, I know – those were gruelling Tests, these are just pyjama ODIs. But the character, the never-say-die attitude ingrained in the DNA of the Australians has surfaced at exactly the right time – so much so that even the fact that India were 2-0 up works in favour of the Aussies. This 3-2 is more uplifting than 5-0. Why? Pressure. This is the kind of situation where numbers can lie. They really can.
Teams winning after being 0-2 down in an ODI series:
3-2 SA vs Pak, 2003
3-2 Ban vs Zim, 2005
4-2 Pak vs Ind, 2005
3-2 SA vs Eng, 2016
3-2 Aus vs Ind, 2019