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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. 

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