Inexperienced Australians shock India in first ODI

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspension comes at a time when the Indian team begins the build-up for the World Cup

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspension comes at a time when the Indian team begins the build-up for the World Cup

All-rounder Pandya did not feature in the Test series victory over Australia after a disappointing tour of England in which he scored just one 50 and took 10 wickets across four Tests, but has featured in 42 ODI's for his country. "Personally asking, yes, I would be happy if he (Dhoni) bats at No. 4".

After Australia posted 288-5 - with Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh scoring fifties - India fell 34 runs short in their chase despite Sharma's impressive hundred.

Dhoni's 95-ball 53 included just four boundaries and many Indian fans felt he batted too slowly, allowing Australia to take control of the game. Ball-tracking replays confirmed the ball was pitching outside leg stump but Rayudu had already wasted India's only review.

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"Definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", he said. What to do when you have lost top three wickets and how to handle the pressure.

"Rohit was outstanding and MS Dhoni supported him well but we could have done better with the tempo of the game".

Debutant Jason Behrendorff and fifth-gamer Jhye Richardson, both called up in the absence of rested guns Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, quickly reduced India to 3-4. "But we've still got a lot of white-ball cricket between now and then", Richardson said. These include two centuries - 148 against Hyderabad and 268 vs Tamil Nadu - and five half-centuries. He has not bowled in the six T20s he has featured in.

Australia failed to find the rope between the start of the 37th over and end of the 43rd over, managing only 27 runs in that stretch.

Gill is excited about linking up with Kohli and other Indian cricket legends like MS Dhoni and is adamant about one thing if he gets the nod to play in the five-match ODI series starting on January 23 in Napier.

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