1st ODI Sydney: India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik is in awe after watching Rajinikanth-starrer Petta that recently hit the theatres. Karthik, who apparently is a big fan of Rajinikanth took to Twitter to express his views and how he was bowled over after watching the film. The movie stars Trisha, Simran, Vijay Sethupathi and Sasikumar in meaty roles, it also stars Mahendran, Bobby Simha and Guru Somasundaram. Petta is also the Tamil debut of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui – who is playing an antagonist in the film. The film has been released in around 600 screens in Tamil Nadu. Karthik took to Twitter and his post read, “PETTA, Omg , i missed this kinda rajni movie in so so long. You know you love the movie when the movie leaves u with a BIGG smile. Thanks @karthiksubbaraj for making such a fab RAJNI movie. Awesome bgm by @anirudhofficial.Well done to all artists involved”.

Meanwhile, the 1st ODI will be played on January 12, Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The hosts have already announced their playing XI, with Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and the right-arm pacer Peter Siddle making a comeback to the side after so long. On a high after the maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil, India has been hit by an unsavory off-field controversy due to Pandya and K L Rahul’s controversial comments on women on a TV show, which has raised many questions on Indian Cricket team’s culture. But, Kohli, on the other hand, said controversial comments made by Pandya and Rahul which has left them facing a suspension, are not acceptable and the personal opinions are not the view of the India team.