India vs Australia 2019 ODIs: Australian head coach has drawn parallels of Cheteshwar Pujara’s defense to that of former batting legends Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar and felt the former is better. That is a huge statement to make as Tendulkar and Dravid are hailed highly across the cricketing fraternity. Langer also felt no one watches the ball as close to their bat as Pujara does, which is a massive compliment for the Saurashtra-born. “I have never seen a batsman watch the ball as closely as Cheteshwar Pujara does, and that includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. His concentration was a challenge for us,” he said.

Australia head coach Justin Langer seemed to have lost his cool when asked why Glenn Maxwell was not picked in the four-match Test series against India. A journalist asked Langer during a press conference if there were any issues between the two and that it may have led to his non-selection. When Langer asks him, ” Do you really think it happened?” The journalist said you are in a better position to answer that. But all in all, it does not look like the hosts are in the right frame of mind heading into the three-match ODI series starting January 12.

Earlier, Australia lost for the first time in 71 years to an Asian team in their den. Kohli’s India beat Australia 2-1 to clinch the Test series. It was history created as Australian skipper Paine admitted that they were outplayed. Pujara bagged the Man of the Match at SCG and the Man of the Series award for his 521 runs in seven innings that comprised of three centuries.