"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude", Kohli said.
"The other day there was a party", Pandya said, "My parents are sitting there and (referring to the female guests) they're like, 'Which one is yours?' and I sat with them and said, 'This, this this, everyone's got something with me'".
Rahul and Pandya appeared on a talk show on Sunday where some of the things they said were met with widespread criticism and social media backlash over perceived misogyny, racism and sexism, following which the BCCI issued showcause notices to both. KL Rahul wasn't expected to feature in the playing 11 due to his own woeful form coupled with the well-settled pairing of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order.
"We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated".
"To say the least #HardikPandya is horrendous a misogynist", added another user who called for Indian cricket authorities to take action against the "obnoxious" comments. "Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry", CoA chief Vindo Rai told PTI.
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"All these external factors are not going to derail our motivation or the preparation for the World Cup". India's win rate against Australia Down Under is just 22.92%. Apart from the 1985 World Championship and 2008 tri-series wins, they have lost 35 out of 48 ODIs played against Australia on their home soil.
How will India cope without Bumrah? The bigger question though is regarding Pandya's absence, for the all-rounder tends to provide balance to the ODI side with his ability to bowl 10 overs as well as bat in the middle order. He will become the 12th Indian pacer to reach this landmark. The batting runs deep with Glenn Maxwell at number seven. The worrying aspect is Dhoni's strike-rate of 71.42, which is remarkably lower than his ODI career strike-rate of 87.89.
"Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Dhoni these guys that can all play their part as well".
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He scored back to back tons in Australia soon after his marriage in 2016 and struck a double ton on his 2nd marriage anniversary in 2017 while leading the team. Only Manish Pandey's fighting hundred in the final ODI had saved India from a 5-0 scoreline. "I feel Dhoni will emerge as India's No. 1 player in the 2019 World Cup because he has so much experience and we have seen how he marshals the troops from behind the stumps", Azhar said at India Today Mind Rocks.
"We have to look at the pitch". We need to go out there and play cricket. Marcus Stoinis who picked up eight wickets in three games against South Africa makes a return to the squad along with Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff who have all impressed in the Big Bash League.