'Focus now is to prepare for World Cup', says Virat Kohli

Lynette Rowe
January 12, 2019

India have been left fuming over MS Dhoni's dismissal in their 35-run loss to Australia in the first ODI.

The BCCI have asked Pandya and KL Rahul - who was also part of the show - to explain their comments, with Pandya apologising on social media soon after.

Pandya spoke of approaching females in nightclubs: "You are just watching [them]".

"Do you reckon we're just playing a bit of lip service to our domestic 50 over?"

The Indian team management didn't announce a shortlist of players for the first ODI, as is now the norm, and opted to wait to hear from the BCCI on the two players' availability. This after the BCCI's legal team had confirmed that the CoA could suspend the players, but had to complete the inquiry process within a term of six months.

"The [Committee of Administrators] first sent out a notice to both players concerned to which the players responded with an apology". The Ad hoc Ombudsman should possess the qualifications required for an Ombudsman under Rule 40 (1) of the BCCI constitution.

Australia have set India 289 to win the first ODI.

Khawaja reviewed the decision, but although there was a suggestion that the ball might have been slightly going down leg side, the replay showed enough was hitting to make it an umpire's call. However, India captain Virat Kohli said in a press conference that he is not too stressed about the possibility of a ban on all-rounder Hardik Pandya for his "inappropriate" comments on women as the side has a ready replacement in Ravindra Jadeja.

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Indian Cricket Team will look to fine tune their ICC World Cup 2019 preparation in the three-match ODI series starting at Sydney Cricket ground on Saturday.

Their 50-stand came off 82 balls, while they took India past 100 in the 26th over even as Australia started to feel the pressure.

Rayudu would do well to add consistency to the undoubted ability he has to do well in the middle of the order for India.

"This changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the changeroom", he said. He said, "We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions".

Fox Sports and Channel Seven will jointly broadcast the ODI series between the Aussies and the Indians in Australia. With the heated situation, Hardik Pandya took to Twitter and issued an apology.

"After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way", Pandya wrote. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

Rahul reportedly explained his actions in a private email to the BCCI.

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