India's collapse from 2-0 up to a 3-2 defeat earned his side some harsh criticism in the media on Thursday, with a Times of India headline declaring "The Bubble Bursts", while the Indian Express said "India lose grip, match, series". "For us now it's not to look too far ahead, we want to enjoy this win first".
Langer wouldn't be drawn on what the result would mean regarding the World Cup but made it clear the 3-2 series win on the sub-continent carried plenty of importance for a range of reasons. "I think they (Smith and Warner) come back into the squad, but whether they play or not is not a done deal". It was India which started Australia's losing streak two years ago, beating them 2-1 in India.
Kohli said the team had finalized their World Cup combination, which would not be much different from the 11 players who played at Feroz Shah Kotla.
Australian players celebrate the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the final one day global cricket match between India and Australia in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.More news: Downstream Missouri River prepares for flooding
Khawaja's red hot form, coupled with Finch's inconsistency, will present a selection headache for Australia, who will have to make a call on who should partner Warner at the top of the batting order in World Cup.
Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has also jumped into the discussion now as he put forth his views on the 15-man squad which will board the flight to London after the Indian Premier League (IPL).
"'Do it so you can run harder between the wickets and field better because we know you're talented". The last three games were all about giving the fringe guys some chances, but that's not an excuse at all.
"It's about ourselves believing we're good enough and sticking to our game plan. Pete has batted beautifully, Maxi has always looked like he's going to get a lot of runs and been free-flowing".More news: Former Eagles WR Golden Tate stays in the NFC East
He had displayed similar assured technique against legspinner Yasir Shah and offspinners Bilal Asif and Mohammed Hafeez when he had helped Australia pull off a great escape in Dubai previous year.
Langer was sitting in the driveway of his home in Perth a year ago, a few days after being appointed Darren Lehmann's successor as national coach.
India's Rohit Sharma is stumped out after he lost grip of his bat while playing a shot during the final one day worldwide cricket match between India and Australia in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. He's now also the batsman to score most runs against India in a five-match ODI series against India. "Even more so to get that win, to get that series win because it is not easy out here".More news: Valve releases Steam Link Anywhere for PC