A BCCI release had mentioned that Hardik Pandya’s rehabilitation process is taking “longer than expected”.

Vijay Shankar had replaced Pandya in the India A squad for New Zealand shadow tour.

Meanwhile, the Indian team is gearing itself for a tricky contest against the Australians when the three-match ODI series begins at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Ahead of the mouth-watering contest much focus has centered around India’s opening conundrum.

In Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, India are spoilt for choice at the top of the order, and batting coach Vikram Rathour on Sunday called it a “good dilemma” to have.

Rohit had a phenomenal 2019, having struck five centuries in the World Cup. Dhawan, who made a comeback in the T20I side in the just-concluded three-match series against Sri Lanka, was also among the runs, while Rahul, too, is having a great time with the bat.

“It’s a good dilemma to have. Rohit is an obvious choice of course. Both of them (Shikhar and Rahul) are playing well. Shikhar Dhawan has done well in one- dayers and Rahul is in great form. So we’ll deal with it when we have to,” Rathour said.

The second ODI will be played in Rajkot on January 17 and the third in Bengaluru on January 19.

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