Rohit Sharma's individual brilliance was not enough to make up for a floundering top and middle order as India suffered a 34-run defeat at the hands of a resilient Australia in the first One-day worldwide.
The 26-year-old Rahul wasn't expected to play at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday but Pandya was considered a lock to bat in the middle-order and bowl his seamers. In this interim, Rayudu scored 392 runs in 11 ODIs in the Asia Cup and against West Indies, at an average of 56, including a hundred and three half-centuries.
The Rohit-Dhoni stand dragged India back into the game but Rohit struggled for support once Dhoni was trapped in front by debutant Behrendorff (2-39) from a ball that was later shown to have pitched outside leg stump. But with a suspension all but confirmed, pending an inquiry, it won't be a stretch to assume we are unlikely to see Pandya and Rahul take the field during these three matches.
"The big grounds in Australia might be tempting for India to go in with both Kuldeep and Chahal, but the larger picture has to be the World Cup".
It's an opportunity for Mohammed Shami to have a say and enhance his reputation.
Australia have set India 289 to win the first ODI.
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India will be confident in their abilities and form.
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Kohli also stated that, in Pandya's absence, Ravindra Jadeja would need to step up as the all-rounder.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey was opening with Finch, and he hit a handful of boundaries before being picked up by leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who struck in his first over - the innings' 10th - with Carey (24 off 31 balls) edging a cut shot to Rohit Sharma at slip. With their absence being a blessing in disguise, the captain Virat Kohli will be still scratching his head over the team combination.
"We have to look at the pitch".
"It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the changeroom and these are purely individual opinions and something which as I said is in an inappropriate space". "But when he came out to bat today we had already lost three wickets and the guys were bowling pretty well at that point".
It brought Khawaja and Marsh together, and they put on 92 runs off 111 balls for the third wicket. KL Rahul mentioned how he partied till 5 AM before a match and Hardik Pandya boasted about his escapades on the show.