Virat Kohli commented on the statements made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on the famous celebrity talk show Koffee with Karan. The Indian cricket team captain called the comments "inappropriate" and said the controversy surrounding Pandya and Rahul will not distract India's preparations for the three-match ODI series with Australia and the World Cup.
He insisted that the possible absence of all-rounder Hardik Pandya won't affect the balance of the team, considering the availability of left-arm spinner, Ravindra Jadeja who has shown a lot of promise with the batting in the recent past.
Kohli (photo credits - Times Now) stated on the eve of the first ODI against Australia: "We played in India against the West Indies with a finger spinner and a wrist spinner. So it's good that we have someone like Jadeja who can do the all-rounder's role if a scenario like that occurs, So we are not too stressed as a team (about the Pandya situation) because you'll always have things that you can do in terms of creating that balance for the side. And hence, we keep players who can provide balance with bat and ball as a backup anyway."
Captain Kohli also condemned the comments while speaking to the media ahead of the opening ODI against Australia. “From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support and the two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened,” Kohli said.
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Team India have had Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar to replace Kl Rahul and Hardik Pandya for the ODI series.
The first ODI between India and Australia ended with Australia winning by 34 runs.