Virat Kohli on Pandya-Rahul controversy

Ruben Holloway
January 12, 2019

Pandya has apologised for his remarks, saying he got "carried away by the nature" of the show.

Earlier on Friday, breaking his silence on the allegedly sexist comments made by Pandya and Rahul, India skipper Virat Kohli denounced the duo's statements and said the team management is still waiting for a decision on them.

The CoA has taken on board the recommendation of the BCCI's legal team that Pandya and Rahul be suspended pending an inquiry. Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, had initially recommended a two-match suspension for the players, while Anirudh Chaudhry, the BCCI treasurer, had called for stricter sanctions.

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During the episode, Pandya is asked by KJo why he doesn't remember the names of the women he meets at nightclubs, in response to which he says: "I like to watch and observe how they move".

He also shared that he openly identifies the women he sleeps with to his parents: "At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (Which are your women)?" They will be sent home on the first available flight from Australia.

Noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle had urged the BCCI to sensitise young cricketers about 'life beyond the dressing room.' Bhogle's tweet had read, "It is all very well to issue show-cause notices now to KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened".

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He said he "I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but I'm still in a lot of pain". It would allow me to have a better quality of life, to be free of pain.

The cricketer said "And I actually had to tell them". In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

The cricketer as already issued three apologies, to BCCI, head coach Ravi Shastri, and senior-most member MS Dhoni, but the worst is yet to come.

Kohli described the news as "unfortunate" and made it clear he - or anyone in the Indian cricket team for that matter - did not agree with the comments shared by the players on the light-hearted television segment that was filmed a year ago.

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In such a scenario, both Pandya and Rahul's participation in the first two ODIs against Australia is still not clear, which might disturb the playing combination for at least the opening match.

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