The Indian National Cricket team management have decided to keep Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul out from the first ODI against Australia following their controversial remarks on a talk show. Since the episode of Koffee With Karan featuring Pandya and Rahul went air, the duo have received social media flak. Many have called for a boycott against the two cricketers.
Meanwhile, BCCI was prompt in issuing a showcause notice to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and asked them to reply within a day. While the response has come in, BCCI is in denial about the quantum of punishment and has sought for legal help. However, former cricketers and members of CoA have called for a two-match ban for the players.
While Rahul’s place in the playing XI was not sure, Hardik Pandya would have made it into the playing XI. He was returning from a lower back injury he suffered during the Asia Cup in the UAE. Although the selectors picked him for the last two Test against Australia, Pandya didn’t get any game time.
And now, while he was eyeing to make a comeback in the ODI, some off-field controversy has taken a toll on him.
Let us take a look at the three possible replacement if Hardik Pandya gets a suspension:
The all-rounder from Tamil Nadu has already made his T200I debut but is yet to play an ODI. Despite having a strong cv in the domestic cricket, Vijay Shankar has struggled to replicate his efforts in the international scene.
This will be a huge opportunity for him to make a mark ahead of the World Cup against a potent Australian side.
Krunal Pandya, one of the Pandya brother has impressed with both bat and ball in his short international career. His ability to bowl tight length and then back it up with some brilliant hitting sets him apart.
The all-rounder from Baroda was a part of the T20Is and did a fair job. He will be aiming to make a mark on his ODI debut if any opportunity comes his way.
Although new to international cricket, Washington Sundar has impressed with his brilliant bowling skills. His ability to bowl with the new ball sets him apart from the rest.
Sundar, who went out of the radar due to an untimely injury will look to make thing counts if he gets a chance to sit on the plane to Australia.