India beat Sri Lanka, win ODI series 5-0

Lasith Malinga in action in the 4th ODI against India. AP

Lasith Malinga in action in the 4th ODI against India. AP

That is five more matches than any of his teammates have managed. Not only they completed a whitewash, but the Men in Blue also became the first team to do so in a five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka.

Lack of experience, injuries, poor form, insufficient application and discipline probably did not work in the favor of the team Sri Lankan. The Indian cricket board also decided not to send any replacement for Dhawan. In this series, Sri Lanka have looked devoid of any leadership and the misfields are only a reflection of the poor fitness standards in the team.

Sri Lanka skipper UpulTharangasaid that it was indeed a tough time for Sri Lanka cricket. As with Bumrah, Axar is another bowler who does not allow opposition batsmen to settle, Kohli said.

Upul Tharanga (48, 34b, 9×4) played a flier at the start but his partner Niroshan Dickwella (two) fell early.

Going by what Kohli had to say at the post-match presentation of the 168-run win on Thursday, he was planning on sticking to the same eleven for the upcoming game, but because of a late development on Saturday, he will be forced to make one change.

KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, and Hardik Pandya failed to leave such a huge impact.

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Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007-08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Last time India witnessed whitewash in the overseas. Kohli's batting was a good example for us. If you take the last two years, we were not up to the mark.

Kohli had point out that the visiting team will persist with the experiments which will be present players in the different roles.

With the constant striving for excellence and flawlessness, Dhoni so far has achieved so much that no one can ever dream of.

India's next ODI series will be at home, against Australia, starting on September 17 in Chennai. Then Kohli anchored the chase after the early loss of Ajinkya Rahane (5) and Rohit Sharma (16). "It's my first visit to Sri Lanka and I'm glad I did well".

Speaking of presence, what about MS Dhoni? A 122-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Lahiru Thirimanne (67, 102b, 3×4, 1×6) and Angelo Mathews (55, 98b, 4×4) enabled Sri Lanka to reach a position of safety before Bhuvneshwar triggered their downfall.

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