Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has spoken on the Rahul-Pandya controversy. The Indian cricketers’ duo had received a massive backlash for their inappropriate behavior on the talk-show Koffee with Karan. But Dravid has urged people not to overreact.
After the show aired, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were sent home midway through the Australia tour. Additionally, they were removed from the squad for the New Zealand tour. They are supposed to undergo an inquiry but there hasn’t been an official decision made on the punishment yet.
Their careers have been left in jeopardy and there is a doubt over their selection in the Indian squad for the ODI World Cup later this year. While others demand severe punishments, Dravid has asked not to exaggerate. He felt it’s important to educate the youth and they need to learn from the seniors in the team.
Here’s what Dravid said on the Rahul-Pandya controversy
“It is not that players did not make mistakes in the past. It is not that mistakes will not be made in the future despite our best efforts to educate the youth. But let us not overreact please,” said Dravid as quoted by The Hindu.
“Players come from different teams and their roles of responsibility need to be addressed. Issues will always be there and we have to educate and guide them. They should be told they can’t abuse the system. I learnt from watching seniors in Karnataka, from parents and coaches. They were my role models. No one sat me down and gave me a lecture. I observed and learnt. The best learning process happens in the dressing room from your seniors. But we should not over-react.
“People forget in the past also incidents have happened. Today it gets highlighted more but I agree we need to keep mentoring them, educating them because challenges today are different on and off the field. They have to remember their responsibilities as Indian cricketers. It can’t be everything was great earlier and everything is bad today,” added the 46-year-old.
The Rahul-Pandya controversy has been a topic for debate for the last few days. The latest proceeding on the matter is that the Supreme Court is likely to appoint the Ombudsman this week to investigate the matter.