Indian cricket team does not support views of Hardik, Rahul: Kohli

Indian cricket team does not support views of Hardik, Rahul: Kohli

However, captain Virat Kohli is not too bothered as he believes Ravindra Jadeja can be slotted into the team as the all-rounder in place of Pandya.

The 1st ODI between India and Australia will be played at the SCG in Sydney.

Kohli described the news as "unfortunate" and made it clear he - or anyone in the Indian cricket team for that matter - did not agree with the comments shared by the players on the light-hearted television segment that was filmed previous year.

Pandya, who was in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, boasted on the TV celebrity show about his success with multiple women.

Kohli in his pre-match press conference hinted that Ravindra Jadeja, who filled in the all-rounder's spot in Pandya's absence against West Indies, could reprise that role against Australia. India would have to be below par to lose the series but interestingly Australia have lost only three bilateral ODI series at home, in this decade.

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"Based on the legal opinion and till the time the final procedure is laid down to address this issue, will recommend that a communication be sent to the concerned players and the team immediately", Edulji said in response to the legal team's email on Friday morning, which has been accessed by ESPNcricinfo.

"Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well", he further added.

K L Rahul was unlikely to get a place in playing 11 owing to both his poor form and the presence of a well-settled opening pair in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

Holding back on the team announcement, Kohli pointed that since a decision regarding the two cricketers is awaited, India will have to re-think the team combination heading into the first ODI in Sydney on Saturday. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami along with rookies Mohammad Siraj and K. Khaleel Ahmed will take care of the pace department. The worrying aspect is Dhoni's strike-rate of 71.42, which is remarkably lower than his ODI career strike-rate of 87.89. One can also live stream the 1st ODI on Sony LIV app. Jasprit Bumrah, who shone with the ball in the Test series, has been rested. Stay tuned with us for the latest updates about India vs Australia ODI Series 2019. Kohli averages 51.39 against Australia with 1182 runs coming from just 26 ODI innings against them. "We are pretty comfortable as a side and any combination that we go in with", he said.

Australia XI: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (wk) Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.

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