IND v AUS 2023: WATCH – Pandya ignores Kohli’s advice during 1st ODI; latter annoyed after all-rounder fails to convert free hit

Hardik Pandya made his ODI captaincy debut in the first game against Australia.

Hardik Pandya seemingly ignored Virat Kohli's suggestion | ScreengrabOn hit ODI captaincy debut, Hardik Pandya led India to a five-wicket victory over Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday (March 17).

Hardik got the opportunity to lead India in the 50-over series opener as regular skipper Rohit Sharma missed the game due to the wedding of his brother-in-law.

Pandya was captaining a star-studded Indian team as the likes of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were part of the playing XI.

During the match, a video surfaced on social media, in which Hardik, Kohli and Kuldeep were spotted conversing. In the viral clip, the stand-in Indian captain can be seen leaving the conversation even before Virat could finish his part.

Here’s the video:

From the first ODI, another video emerged on the internet, in which Virat Kohli had an annoyed look on his face after Hardik Pandya failed to make the most of the free hit and took a single during the 18th over of India’s innings.

Here’s the video:

Coming to the match, India bundled out Australia for a paltry 188 in 35.4 overs after opting to bowl first. Mohammad Shami (3/17), Mohammed Siraj (3/29) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/46) were the wrecker-in-chief with the ball, sharing eight wickets among them.

In reply, India were struggling at 83/5 before KL Rahul (75* off 91 balls) and Jadeja (45* off 69 balls) produced responsible knocks to take the hosts over the line with 10.1 overs to spare.


By Salman Anjum - 18 Mar, 2023

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