With Pandya and Rahul missing, India crashed to a 34-run defeat in Sydney on Saturday despite a explosive century from Rohit Sharma. In such a case skipper Virat Kohli used Ambati Rayudu to rotate his bowlers.
Sharma, who scored 133, was at the non-striker's end for both lbw dismissals. "These things happen", said Rohit.
"It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it".
Ball-tracking replays confirmed the ball was pitching outside leg stump, however Rayudu had already wasted India's only review.
"It's good to put a personal performance on the board but I'm just really excited with the way Australian cricket is heading".
Sharma had mixed feelings about his ton.
Indian selectors have named Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill as replacements for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for the ongoing ODI series against Australia and in the series against New Zealand respectively.
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.
The second ODI between India and Australia will be played at Adelaide while the third and final match of the series will be played in Melbourne.
"My only goal is that I don't want to let the opportunity go if I get selected in the XI", he told ESPNCricinfo.
Rahul and Pandya had been suspended pending an investigation into comments they made this week about women on a TV show that had been condemned as sexist and inappropriate. "Shubman Gill has been picked for the ODI and Twenty20 series in New Zealand".
"With K.L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya set to return from Australia, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has chose to send all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill as replacements", a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) statement said late on Saturday.
He scored 62 in the washed out first-class match against New Zealand A in Whangarei, then 37 and 25 opening the batting as India A swept the one-day series 3-0 at Mount Maunganui.