SYDNEY, January 11: Hit hard by an unexpected controversy after the high of the Test triumph, India will look to fine tune their World Cup preparations in the three-match ODI series against an under-fire Australia, beginning on Saturday.
On the eve of the opening game, the BCCI suspended Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul pending an inquiry for their unsavoury remarks on women during a TV show, effectively ruling them out of the series.
While Pandya was a certainty in the playing XI, an out-of-form Rahul was not in contention to play on Saturday.
Skipper Virat Kohli on Friday condemned the comments made by his two teammates and said the team does not align with the “individual opinions”.
“The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened,” he said in the pre-match press conference. (PTI)