Virat Kholi hailed India’s performance as they overcame Australia with an impressive 36-run victory at the Oval on Sunday.
India, one of the favourites for the World Cup, put down a marker for the rest of the tournament with the victory, which was pretty much assured after they posted 352-5 off their 50 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan top scored with 117 runs, but was ably assisted by Kholi, who chipped in with 82 and Hardik Pandya, who smashed an entertaining 48.
It left Australia facing a World Cup record chase, but could not match India as David Warner laboured to 56 off 84 balls, while Steve Smith made 69.
“A top, top win for us – especially after losing the series (against Australia) in India,” Kohli said. “We had a point to prove to beat this side. They are playing really good cricket in the two games.
“We came with intent. The opening partnership was outstanding, I got runs, Hardik got runs, MS. It was the perfect game for us. We were very professional again and that pleases you as a captain.”
The England and Yorkshire fast bowler saw his career cut slightly short by injury problems.
Nagging uncertainty over Stokes’ recent quad injury means England will not know how to balance their side until the eleventh hour.
Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie both hit centuries in the shock victory.
Stuart Broad took his 500th Test wicket last month.
Derbyshire chased down 365 for victory.
David Willey added a rapid half-century at the end of the innings.
The all-rounder is recovering from a quad injury which has impacted his bowling workload.
It is not yet known how much of a role the all-rounder can be expected to play with the ball.
Babar is top of the Twenty20 rankings, third in the the one-day equivalent and sixth among Test players.