The incident is the second close encounter Kohli has had with an Indian cricket fan after he was approached by a group of fans hoping for a selfie during the first Test between India and the West Indies at Rajkot last week.
After producing a dominant performance against West Indies in the first Test, India will be aiming for a whitewash while taking on the visiting side in their second clash at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday. Even in the absence of Smith and Warner, Australia's best two batsmen, they do have a solid bunch of youngsters and matured players who carry the potential to upset India in their home soil.
Perhaps, the selectors want to have a look at Pant.
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Earlier in the day, India announced a 12-member squad for the Hyderabad Test starting tomorrow, it was a surprise that Mayank Agarwal again does not get picked.
Rayudu has also be been rewarded for his impressive show in the Asia Cup and it will be interesting to see at which number he will be asked to bat as Kohli will retain his regular No. 3 spot on return.
Star Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have also not been included for the first two ODIs. In their place are Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur form India's bowling department.
Ravichandran Ashwin made the initial breakthrough when Kieran Powell (22) slashed him to Ravindra Jadeja at cover with the score on 32, before left-arm spinner Kuldeep took charge.