“I don’t think any one team starts as favourites in the World Cup. West Indies, England, New Zealand look strong, we are strong, now even Australia look balanced, Pakistan can defeat anyone on their day. Tt’s very important to understand what mindset you take to the World Cup,” he added.
After opting to bat, Australia posted a competitive total in their allotted 50 overs in the series decider. Usman Khawaja scored 100 runs off 106 balls, his, to build a strong foundation for the visitors.
Peter Handscomb then smashed a half-century as Australia managed to score 272 for nine.
Indian skipper Kohli said the target wasn’t tough for his team, adding that the visiting Australian team displayed more “passion, hunger and heart” and they deserved to win.
“Yeah we thought it was a gettable target. They got away from us a little bit at the end, and 15-20 more than we thought we were going to concede. One or two overs can make a whole lot of a difference, but if you look at the overall series Australia played with more passion, hunger and heart and they deserved to win,” Kohli said.
“They were brave in pressure situations compared to our game, especially in the last three games, the way they handled the pressure, they really deserved to win,” the Indian captain added.