India vs Australia 4th ODI in Mohali: Known for his textbook and classical style of batting, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is a living modern-day legend with a wielding willow in his hand irrespective of the format. After scoring back-to-back centuries in the ongoing five-ODI rubber against Australia, Kohli has once again stamped his authority as the world’s number one batter in ODI cricket.
Right from stepping onto the crease, the ‘Run-Machine’ hardly puts a foot wrong and goes about his business in a no-nonsense manner. During the fourth ODI, the 30-year old walked into bat at number 4 spot after sacrificing his beloved No.3 spot for teammate KL Rahul. Opener Shikhar Dhawan ended his prolonged bad patch with a career-best 143 off 115 balls and in Rohit Sharma’s company guided India to a commanding 358/9 in the fourth match versus Australia on Sunday. With an aim to keep up with the tempo, Kohli tried a unique shot that surprised everyone from fans to experts present at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. (LIVE CRICKET UPDATES – 4TH ODI IND vs AUS)
Earlier, the hosts looked a completely different side with opening duo putting on 193 runs on arguably the flattest track on offer during the ongoing series. While Dhawan got his 16th hundred in ODIs, vice-captain Rohit (95 off 92 balls) missed out on what could have been a very well-deserved 23rd hundred with Australian bowlers looking like lambs for slaughter.
Pat Cummins (5/70 in 10 overs) and Jhye Richardson (3/85 in 9 overs) shared the spoils but were taken to task by the Indian openers for their wayward bowling.
Dhawan, who last reached a three-figure mark against Pakistan in an Asia Cup match in September 2018, was in fluent touch from the onset, hitting 18 fours and three sixes. It released the pressure on Rohit, who initially was watchful even as Dhawan went after the bowling.
With another opening slot hopeful KL Rahul inducted into the playing XI, the 33-year-old Dhawan finally looked to have been shaken out of his comfort zone and played like only he can.