Your 100 at excellent STRIKE rate made the difference. Moreover, he is at the second place in the list of Australian players scoring most runs in a five-match ODI series by amassing 383 runs in the recently-concluded series. His magnificence in Ranchi (104 at 92.03), Mohali (91 at 91.91) and Delhi (100 at 94.33) were all products off a willingness to up the ante and rotate the strike, with Peter Handscomb providing the flawless foil.
Two of Australia's star players - ex-captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner - are expected to return to the squad for the World Cup after serving 12-month suspensions for their part in a ball-tampering scandal during a test match in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2018.
"Jadeja bowling Finch was a beauty, it gripped and turned", Khawaja said at the post-match press conference.
Khawaja, who was named man of the series, said it was a sweet revenge after the home ODIs defeat to India early this year.
"Just being in these conditions a lot lately, myself and a lot of us, we've played in Dubai, India A series and a lot of the guys played IPL too".
"To end a really, really, really tough summer against a very good Indian side and have won eight games, drawn one and one no result - it's a pretty good achievement".
Always looking for a motivational edge, Australia coach Justin Langer asked his charges to cast their minds back to November as they prepared to face India in Delhi.
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However, the bowlers could not defend a total of 358 as Australia chased down the mammoth total with four wickets and 13 balls remaining to level the series 2-2.
But Kohli said after Australia sealed the series on Wednesday: "None of the guys in the changing room are panicking, the support staff is not feeling down after this defeat".
"He was rewarded for it and he's paying us back in spades", Langer said. We have got to keep our heads down, keep working hard. We train very hard.
"It's nice when you get rewarded; you can tick all the right boxes off the field, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the results are gonna go your way".
But the former World Cup-winning captain was clear in his choice.
Regardless, being a key player behind Australia's renewed optimism in ODI cricket is something the elegant left-hander will hold close as he and side travel to the UAE to take on Pakistan. "Even more so to get that win, to get that series win because it is not easy out here". We've got five one-dayers in the UAE. "We're not going to look too far ahead".