"Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry over their misogynist remarks in a TV chat show", the source said.
In such a scenario, both Pandya and Rahul's participation in the first two ODIs against Australia is still not clear, which might disturb the playing combination for at least the opening match. I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views.
"Pandya has been in the team for how long to talk of the team culture in the manner he did". "Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right", he said.
"You have to adjust with the situation", Kohli said. "We are still waiting for a decision to be made". Kohli added that the controversy won't affect the team's spirit and momentum which it has been able to create during the tour. As of now, his position in the team is safe because of his invaluable wicket-keeping skills but he has to score runs as Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, both are trying to make a case for a spot in the playing XI.
Kuldeep Yadav has already proved himself in Australia with a five-wicket haul in Sydney Test, while Yuzvendra Chahal, who is now at the sixth place in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers, would like to cement his place in the side permanently by performing consistently.
"From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you'll have to think about the combination you'll need now", Kohli said.
Pandya, 25, also related a story about a party he attended where he pointed to multiple women and then told his parents: "I have something going on with each of them". His comments were slammed as misogynistic, and drew a lot of flak from all corners especially on social media. He also vowed never to repeat the behaviour.
The development has left Rahul and Pandya facing suspension.
"The duo is now called upon to provide an explanation as to why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution within a period of seven days", the BCCI said in a statement. "Considering that the BCCI at present does not have an Ombudsman, the COA, in our view, will be justified in and entitled to appoint an ad hoc ombudsman with a defined specific mandate of adjudicating on the present matter".