Picture by Jasprit Bumrah Twitter
Picture by Jasprit Bumrah Twitter

Virat Kohli-led Indian side recorded a seven wickets victory in the fifth and final, five-match ODI series 4-1 against Australia on Sunday. Interestingly, this was the first time that India have won four matches in a bilateral series over the Aussies.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya who debuted in ODIs in 2016, got his first ‘Man of The Series’ award after scoring 222 runs and taking six wickets. And to celebrate this, young Pandya posted a photo which had him standing with Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav on social media and wrote, “We got many reasons to smile & so does India. Proud feeling!”

Along with Hardik, Virat Kohli also posted a photo on Twitter and Instagram, where the Indian skipper said that he is proud of the team and the management for taking India to top spot in ICC ODI team ranking. “Proud of the whole team and the management for taking us to No.1. Good series win,” read Kohli’s post on social media.

While, the players and support staff brought on their selfie game, it was former skipper MS Dhoni who seemed to be the centre of the celebration.

Jasprit Bumrah posted a selfie which had Dhoni in the middle once again and Axar Patel and Pandya for company. This one read: “It’s not the team with the best players that win. It’s the players with the best team that wins!! @hardikpandya7 @akshar2026 @msdhoni ��☺☺”

Fielding coach R Sridhar also posted a selfie with the players and once again it was Dhoni in the middle as the post read: “Proud to be a part this strong & closely knit unit! Good to Great to Relentless!! #INDvsAUS @BCCI”

With the 4-1 series win, India consolidated their top spot in the ICC ODI ranking, where Faf du Plessis-led South African side is ranked second. Rohit Sharma, who scored a hundred in Nagpur in the final ODI, finished as the top run-scorer (296 runs) in the series while Aussie Nathan Coulter-Nile leads the highest wicket-taker list with 10 wickets, followed by Kane Richardson and Kuldeep Yadav.

India next play three-match T20I series against Australia, which is scheduled to begin from October 7.

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