All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been named as suspended Hardik Pandya's replacement for India's ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series in Australia while rookie batsman Shubman Gill will be joining the national team during the limited over series in New Zealand. Hardik Pandya Loses Sponsorship Deal With Gillette After His Misogynist Comments on Koffee With Karan Season 6 Show
"Initially, the selectors had picked Mayank Agarwal for KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar for Pandya but it has been learnt that Agarwal is nursing a niggle. That is why the team management has asked for only one replacement in Australia and that is Shankar. And Gill is being rewarded for his good show in Ranji Trophy and A-tours," a source close to the selection committee told PTI.
Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry into their sexist comments on a TV show, ruling them out of the three-match ODI series against Australia. BCCI Suspends Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul Ahead of Ind vs Aus ODI Series, Troubled Duo Likely to Return Home
They have already return home from Australia as the BCCI suspended them Friday for their outrage-evoking comments on women, hours after the duo's on-field leader Virat Kohli expressed his disapproval.
The 27-year-old Shankar is a middle-order batsman from Tamil Nadu who can also bowl medium pace. He has played in five T20Is.