KL Rahul, Manish Pandey failures keep a middle-order spot open ahead of T20s vs Australia

India's dominating run at home continued and this time sans Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni as Rohit Sharma's men whitewashed West Indies 3-0 in the T20 series that drew to a close on Sunday.
With the Windies tour conclusion, India's home run came to an end and for the next four months. Kohli & Co. will now travel Down Under for three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs that will end on January 18 with an ODI in Melbourne. Following that, Kohli-led India will travel to New Zealand to play five ODIs and three T20Is as a preparation for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales in June next year.
India's victory against the Carrebian nation came without too much off a fuss even in the visitors' favoured format. Be it bowling, fielding or even batting for that matter. Not that India doesn't have good batsmen but the home side displaying such domination without Kohli and irregular players in the middle, tells you how badly Carlos Braithwaite's team was left wanting.
But, that's a story for another day. With India flying off to Australia for a full-tour in four days time, the focus remains on the biggest frontier under Kohli's captaincy.
With India beginning the series with the shortest format, the recurring issue of finding a reliable middle-order batter seems to have cropped up again. While the spot in ODIs seems to be have settled with Ambati Rayudu's good display in the fifty-over format, Dhoni's axe has left a spot up for grabs in the middle order. 

We stand by what the nation and the BCCI want to do, says Virat Kohli on boycotting Pakistan in the World Cup 2019

India captain Virat Kohli Saturday said that his team will "respect the decision of the government" with regards to playing Pakistan in the upcoming W...

'ICC members will be urged to sever ties with terrorist nations'

New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has said it would individually urge ICC members to 'sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hu...

International Olympic Committee debars India from hosting any future global event in the wake of Pulwama fallout

The denial of visas to Pakistani shooters in the Delhi World Cup has jeopardised India's chances of hosting the Olympics or any global event with the ...

Mohd Nabi Carries Afghanistan to 5-wicket Win Over Ireland in T20

Mohammad Nabi's brilliant all-round display earned Afghanistan a five-wicket win over Ireland to open their three-match Twenty20 series on Thursday.Na...